Here at Celeste, we understand that individuals using cleaning chemicals do not want them to be hazardous. So we developed a set of standards, our Green Chemistry Standards, to ensure we provide safe and effective cleaning chemicals. Our products that meet our Green Chemistry Standards are both user and environmentally friendly.
We developed our standards based off of regulations and guidelines set in place to protect people and the environment. We follow the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides. This publication ensures that any environmental product claims by companies are non-deceptive and justifiable. We also follow regulations set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The U.S. EPA created a Design for the Environment program. This program was implemented while working with industry, environmental groups, and academia to reduce the risk to people and the environment by finding ways to prevent pollution. Through this initiative, GreenBlue® developed the CleanGredients® database – the online resource for green formulation®. The database contains approved listings for surfactants, solvents, fragrances, and chelating agents. We use this database as a reference for chemicals to use in our formulations.
Ultimately, we at Celeste strive to develop products that meet specific performance criteria, ensuring their efficacy, and ensure that our products meet environmental criteria that can be substantiated. Our environmentally friendly products are marked with our Green Chemistry Symbol and meet the following guidelines.
The product must: have low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), have low or no hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), not contain any chemicals included in Title III of the Superfund Amendment and Re-authorization Act of 1986 (SARA Title 3), not contain any known carcinogens, use the best alternative green solvents, and be biodegradable.
These standards ensure that our products do not cause ozone depletion, have a low Global Warming Potential (GWP), and are not environmentally persistent. They also ensure that our products contain chemicals that have reduced hazards, low or no toxicity, and low or no VOCs. All this combined makes sure that our products that meet our Green Chemistry Standards are safe, user and environmentally friendly.
As you can imagine, clogged galley drains and the associated malodors can cause a lot of problems for an airline. Luckily, we have developed a drain cleaner that does an exceptional job of keeping your drains clog free! It can also be used to help break up a pre-existing clog. But before we get into that, let’s go over what causes these clogs.
On commercial aircraft, galley drains are routinely used to dispose of beverages (e.g. coffee, milk, juice, soda). These beverages tend to have a lot of sugar in them, which serves as a food source for common bacteria and microbes. The bacteria and microbes break down the sugar and convert it into cellulosic polymer compounds, which attach to drain screens, valves, and lines. These cellulosic polymers are what lead to malodors and partial or complete blockages in the drains.
Celeste has a long and colorful history, due to its founder Charles Granville. He is remembered by many as being a very nice man and never ceasing to make people laugh. He and his friend N. Lee Swartout founded the company in 1946 in Wilton, Connecticut; as a perfume company called Angelique.
The two decided to start their own perfume company during their daily commute. They both worked in New York and spent around 3 hours a day on the train commuting from Wilton. Swartout worked as a manager for a bottle manufacturing company and Granville as an efficiency engineer.
When they started Angelique, they decided who would be the president with a simple coin toss! Granville won and became president and his first official action was to make Swartout treasurer.