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1 Toxics Use Reduction Institute Green Labeling Surface Solutions Laboratory Efforts: Green Seal European Flower Massachusetts EPP

2 Environmental Labeling Best Known National Environmental Label –Green Seal of Washington, DC Examples of Other Programs –Canadas Environmental Choice –Nordic Swan –Swedish Environmental Programme Involved with Detergents Green Label Initiatives Not New –Blue Angel (Germany, 1977)

3 Green Seal Independent, non-profit organization –Strives to achieve a healthier and cleaner environment –Identifying and promoting products and services That cause less toxic pollution and waste Conserve resources and habitats Minimize global warming and ozone depletion

4 Green Seal Standards Alternative Fueled Vehicles (GC-02) Anti-Corrosive Paints (GC-03) Coated Printing Paper (GS-10) Commercial Adhesives (GS-36) Compact Fluorescent Lamps (GS-05) Degreasers (GS-34) Electric Chillers (GS-31) Fleet Vehicle Maintenance (GC-10) Food Service Packaging (GS-35) Green Procurement Criteria (GS-38) Green Facilities Operation and Maintenance Criteria (GS-39) Household Cleaners (GS-08) Industrial & Institutional Cleaners (GS-37) Industrial & Institutional Floor-Care Products (GS-40) Lodging Properties (GS-33) Newsprint (GS-15) Occupancy Sensors (GC-12) Paints (GS-11) Paper Products Used in the Preparation of Food (GC-08) Paper Towels and Paper Napkins (GS-09) Photovoltaic Modules (GS-32) Powdered Laundry Bleach (GC-11) Printing and Writing Paper (GS-07) Re-Refined Engine Oil (GS-03) Residential Central Air Conditioning Systems (GC-09) Residential Central Air-Source Heat Pumps (GC-15) Reusable Utility Bags (GS- 16) Split-Ductless Air-Source Heat Pumps (GC- 13) Tissue Paper (GS-01) Watering Hoses (GC-01) Windows (GS-13) Window Films (GS-14)

5 The European Unions Eco-label Voluntary System Designed to –Encourage Businesses to Market Products and Services That Are Kinder to the Environment –Help European Consumers Both Private and Public to Identify Those Products Program Is Part of a –Broader Strategic Goal of Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production –Wider Approach on Integrated Product Policy (IPP)

6 The EUs Eco-label (cont.) Ecological Criteria Set Forth in the Official Journal of the European Communities by Commission Signed in Brussels in 2001

7 European Union Eco-labeling Board Mission Statement To Be Recognized as Europes Premier Award for Products and Services Which Are a Genuinely Better Choice for the Environment To Help Manufacturers, Retailers and Service Providers to Get Recognition for Good Standards, and Purchasers to Make Reliable Choices Not Meant As a Barrier to Trade

8 Important Flower Facts Diverse Range of 21 Product Groups Included –Textiles, Paints, Washing Machines, Cleaning Products Expanding into Tourist Accommodations Nearly 200 Licenses Issued to Date

9 The Flower: A Powerful Tool Covers 25 Member States of the European Union Also Found on Products in Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland Potential Market to More Than 375 Million Consumers

10 What the Eco-label Award Means Official Recognition for a Products – High Level of Biodegradability – Minimal Impact on Aquatic Life – Satisfactory Cleaning Performance

11 Role of TURIs Laboratory Designated Test Center –Demonstrated Competencies in Test Methods and Standards Such as International Organization for Standardization (ISO) –Responsible for Presenting the Technical Data of the Product in Light of EU Ecological Criteria –Product Performance –Prepared Extensive Portfolio or Dossier

12 Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Massachusetts program to promote safer and effective cleaning products –Green Seal Certification Process –Laboratory Performance Evaluations EPP Cleaning Products Update

13 Statewide Contract for Environmentally Preferable Commercial Cleaning Products Goal –Offer Commonwealth buyers a broad range of cleaning products Reduced environmental and health impact Performing equally Cost-effective –The need for less toxic cleaning products exists because certain ingredients in traditional cleaning products may pose threats to health and the environment

14 Product Categories General Purpose Cleaners Bathroom Cleaners Glass Cleaners Carpet Cleaners Disinfectants / Sanitizers Floor Care System (stripper, finish, cleaner) Hand Soaps Janitorial Paper Products (recycled content)

15 Environmental Screening Products underwent an extensive third-party review of their potential health and environmental impacts –Do not contain carcinogens or other prohibited ingredients –Are not corrosive to skin and eyes –Are not toxic to humans or aquatic life Minimum environmental and health standards established for this contract are based on the Green Seal Standard for Industrial and Institutional Cleaners (GS-37) –http://www.greenseal.org/standards/industrialcleaners.htm

16 Performance Screening Once the products passed the stringent environmental and health criteria –Tested for cleaning performance General purpose Bathroom Glass Carpet

17 Listed Vendors

18 Product Manufacturer Name State Contractor Name & Address Contact Person For the Contract Statewide or Regional Award and # Product Applications Offered Under the Contract The Clean Environment Company, Inc. com/ Edison Chemical Co., Inc. 215 Sydney Street Dorchester, MA Richard Weinfeld (ph) (ph) (fax) Statewide GRO General purpose Cleaner Bathroom Cleaner Glass Cleaner Carpet Cleaner Floor care system Hand soap ECOgent Environmental Solutions, Ltd. ex1.htm Chemspec 901 North Newkirk Street Baltimore, MD Local Rep: PO Box 564 Southborough, MA Timothy Stephens (ph) (ph) (fax) Statewide GRO General Purpose Bathroom Cleaner Glass Cleaner Carpet Cleaner EnvirOx, LLC Atlantic Cleaning Products 50 Finnell Drive Weymouth, MA Shaun Mahoney (ph) (fax) Central and Eastern MA GRO General Purpose Cleaner Bathroom Cleaner Glass Cleaner Carpet Cleaner Sanitizer / Virucide Recycled Janitorial Papers New England Maintenance Depot 125 Frank B. Murray Street Springfield, MA Gary Pollard (ph) (ph) (fax) Central and Western MA GRO Simplex 6 Commercial Street Sharon, MA Charles Rice , (ph) (fax) Central and Eastern MA GRO Boston Chemical / M.D. Stetson Company, Inc. M.D. Stetson Company 92 York Ave. Randolph, MA Andrea Glass (ph) (ph) (fax) m Statewide GRO General Purpose Cleaner Bathroom Cleaner Glass Cleaner Carpet Cleaner Disinfectant Floor Care System Hand Soap Recycled Janitorial Papers

19 Product Manufacturer Name State Contractor Name & Address Contact Person For the Contract Statewide or Regional Award Product Applications Offered Under the Contract Rochester Midland EnviroCare com/ Casey Engineering Maintenance, Inc. (EMI) 8 Panas Road Foxborough, MA Craig Smith (ph) (fax) Central and Eastern MA GRO General Purpose Cleaner Bathroom Cleaner Glass Cleaner Floor Care System Hand Soap Recycled Janitorial Papers PENDING – carpet cleaner and disinfectant Richco Products 237 Memorial Drive PO Box 1250 Springfield, MA Bryan Hauschild (ph) (fax) (ph) (fax) Central and Western MA GRO Rochester Midland Corp. 333 Hollenbeck Street Rochester, NY Local Rep: 19 Pleasant St. Carver, MA Robert Proulx (ph) (fax) m Statewide GRO Cleanline Products, Inc. Supreme Industrial Products, Inc. PO Box 382 Randolph, MA Larry Stern (ph) (fax) Statewide GRO General Purpose Cleaner Bathroom Cleaner Glass Cleaner Carpet Cleaner PENDING - Disinfectant Ramsey Company com Grainger Industrial Supply 209 Brooks Street Worcester, MA Kevin Fleury (ph) (fax) Statewide GRO General Purpose Cleaner Bathroom Cleaner Glass Cleaner

20 Summary Similarities of Green Programs Throughout the World As Industrial Degreasers Become Greener, Janitorial Applications Start to Overlap Scientific Organizations Role Should Remain Robust in Third-Party Certification Processes

21 For More Information Dr. Carole LeBlanc Laboratory Director Toxics Use Reduction Institute University of Massachusetts Lowell One University Avenue Lowell, MA


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