Not only can cleaning products negatively impact the environment, but they also impact personal health. Changing office cleaning supplies can lessen both water and air pollution as well as make a safer environment. The following certifications and standards can help guide sustainable procurement options:
Certifications and Standards
Greengard is a third-party certifying body that aims to protect human health and improve quality of life by enhancing air quality.
|Green Seal||Green Seal is an independent non-profit organization “dedicated to safeguarding the environment and transforming the marketplace by promoting the manufacture, purchase, and use of environmentally responsible products and services”.|
From the Environmental Protection Agency, Safer Choice is a certification and labeling program that shows consumers which products perform well and are safe for human health and the environment.
Things to Consider:
Buy credibly certified products
- Make sure to request options that are third party certified such as Green Guard, Green Seal, and Safer Choice.
- Look for statements that the product has eliminated toxic or harmful materials/ingredients (chloroform, chlorine, formaldehyde, etc.)
?Sources such as EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning can help educate these decisions.
- Look for statements that the product or service produces low/no VOCs or other pollutive emissions, and if so, are there alternative settings or products with a lower emissions impact? Learn more about VOCs in cleaning products.
- Can the product and/or packaging be disposed of through existing UW recycling programs? Refer to the A-Z Sorting Guide if unsure.