Cleaning Products

Green Business Standard

Man cleaning | Credit: WYCD

Earn Your Green Business Certification

If your cleaning products company meets our standards, get certified today.

Get Certified

GA Seal 300wIncludes automotive products that are not fuel or fuel additives; odor control products; pest control products, both inside and outside; residential, business, industrial

Restored & Protected Environment

Required

  • Biodegradable ingredients– best if certified by Scientific Certification Systems or Biodegradable
  • Scented with natural essential oils or clear indication of synthetic fragrances at minimum
  • Chlorine-free
  • No animal testing
  • If plant based surfactants used, explanation of what plants they are derived from in ingredients
  • Plant based surfactants may not be derived from GMO feedstocks, e.g. corn, beet sugar or soy
  • Non-toxic ingredients – watch for following ingredients:
    • Ammonium Hydroxide (corrosive, irritant)
    • Chlorine bleach (potentially fatal if ingested, number one cause of poisonings in children)
    • Formaldehyde (highly toxic; known carcinogen)
    • Hydrochloric acid (corrosive, eye and skin irritant)
    • Hydrochloric bleach (eye, skin and respiratory tract irritant)
    • Propylene Glycol (immunogen; main ingredient in antifreeze)

Preferred

  • Use of a green office or facility, including resource reuse and maximum use of post-consumer recycled resources as well as maximum water and energy efficiency
    This includes storm water management if companies have access to the exterior of their buildings or property.
  • Non-toxic ingredients – watch for following ingredients:
    • Packaging made with post-consumer recycled plastic or paper
    • Take packaging back for refill
Social & Economic Justice
  • List all ingredients on packaging and website; if proprietary, at least MSD sheets offered
  • Social and environmental mission and vision statement for business on its website
  • Offer unscented or fragrance-free, essential oil options

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