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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

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Green Guard

Greengard is a third-party certifying body that aims to protect human health and improve quality of life by enhancing air quality.

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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”. Green Seal logo
Safer Choice

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.

Safer Choice logo

Things to Consider:

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  • 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.

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  • Can the product and/or packaging be disposed of through existing UW recycling programs? Refer to the A-Z Sorting Guide if unsure.