As the world of chemicals changes in general, and the cleaning industry seeks to become more environmentally conscious, an increasing number of products on the market today are labeled “green” or “environmentally friendly”. While there are several third-party certifiers – such as Green Seal – that will test a product and certify according to their own protocols and green specifications, for many years there was no universally established or agreed upon regulation or guideline which companies could follow for making eco-friendly claims.
This changed with the US Federal Trade Commission’s publication of the Green Guides, the most recent version of which was issued on 1st October, 2012. The Green Guides were established to ensure that any environmental product claims made by companies are not only non-deceptive but can also be substantiated.
In addition, several years ago, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented a Design for the Environment (DfE) program, working in partnership with industry, environmental groups, and academia to reduce risk to people and the environment by finding ways to prevent pollution. Through this program, the EPA has evaluated human health and environmental concerns associated with traditional and alternative chemicals and processes in a range of industries. These analyses have empowered hundreds of businesses to select safer chemicals and technologies.
The DfE program focuses on industries that combine the potential for chemical risk reduction with a strong motivation to make lasting, positive changes. As part of the DfE initiative, GreenBlue® developed the CleanGredients® database – the online resource for green formulation®. The database currently contains approved listings for surfactants, solvents, fragrances, and chelating agents.
At Celeste Industries, we not only seek to develop new products that meet very specific performance criteria, we also ensure that they meet environmental criteria that can be substantiated. Celeste’s environmentally friendly products are marked throughout our catalogue with our Green Chemistry Symbol.