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Standard for Hand Sanitizers with USDA BioPreferred Support

Healthcare, food service and other retail operations can now green their operations and health and safety practices with certified biobased hand sanitizers.

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The EcoLogo Program has released its first standard for Hand Sanitizers with USDA BioPreferred Support.

Hospitals, restaurants and even dental offices now have a new way to green their operations and health and safety practices at the same time.

When soap and water is unavailable or when additional precaution is necessary, instant hand antiseptic products help reduce the number of microorganisms on skin. The EcoLogo certification will help identify which of these types of products are greener than the rest.

An important aspect of the Hand Sanitizer certification is the requirement of biobased content. EcoLogo certification of these products follows the minimum biobased content standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) BioPreferred program.

“Adding biobased content as an aspect — a requirement — to EcoLogo’s multi-attribute product standard validates biobased product developments and sets the stage for more rigorous formulation of both biobased and conventional hand sanitizers in the years to come,” says Kate Lewis, BioPreferred’s Deputy Program Manager.

Based on a review of currently available lifecycle information, the product category requirements will produce an environmental benefit through a substitution for less harmful raw materials, a reduction of environmental hazards, and an increase of product packaging recyclability.

As an example of the specific requirements for raw materials in this standard, at least 73% of the total weight of the carbon in the product formula must be biobased.

This standard for EcoLogo certified instant hand antiseptic products is focused on the “away from home market,” which encompasses healthcare and food service facilities, in addition to all other instances away from a personal residence. For a copy of the EcoLogo Hand Sanitizer standard and to learn more about how to certify instant hand antiseptic products against this standard, please visit

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