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Green Seal Publishes Standard On Laundry Products

Written by Anne Vazquez. Posted in Environment, FacilityBlog, Featured Post, Recycling, Safety, Sustainability

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Published on March 07, 2013 with No Comments

This past January, Green Seal, a nonprofit certification organization founded in 1989, announced the publication of GS-51: Laundry Care Products for Industrial and Institutional Use.Green Seal

Designed to address the life cycle impacts of laundry care products used in institutional and industrial settings, GS-51 specifies performance, environmental, and health requirements such as concentration, reduced toxicity, biodegradability, and reduced and recyclable packaging.

The standard covers more than 20 product categories for conventional laundry and dry cleaning, including detergents, prewash products, spot removers, laundry additives, and fabric care products.
Linda Chipperfield, vice president of marketing and communications for Green Seal, says GS-51 represents a comprehensive benchmark for sustainable laundry care. “It also provides manufacturers [with] the opportunity to be recognized as leaders in the industry,” she notes, “and allows purchasers to identify safer, environmentally preferable laundry products.”

To provide users with an overview of the standard, Green Seal released “Top Ten Facts” about GS-51:

  1. Covers a wide variety of laundry care products
  2.  Includes performance requirements to ensure that products meet consumer expectations
Requires that detergents and softeners be concentrated to reduce packaging and transport needs and to minimize greenhouse gas emissions
  4. Prohibits ingredients that are known carcinogens, mutagens, reproductive toxins, and other health hazards
Lessens the risk that product users will inhale volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and asthmagens
Helps protect product users from damage to skin or eyes
  7. Requires that products be nontoxic to human and aquatic life and contain biodegradable ingredients
Requires that product packaging be reduced and made from recyclable materials with post-consumer content; or be refillable/returnable
  9. Mandates ingredient disclosure, including fragrance components, to promote transparency
  10. Requires that producers provide product users with training instruction regarding proper dilution and dosing

“GS-51 also includes manufacturing sustainability requirements,” adds Chipperfield. “These include reporting on energy and water use; tracking emissions and solid waste; and documenting that production is socially responsible. These are key to reducing energy consumption, promoting sustainability, and minimizing the impact these products have on people and the environment.”

About Anne Vazquez

Anne Vazquez

Vazquez has been writing about facility management since 1996 when she began working at Today's Facility Manager (TFM) as the magazine's Editorial Assistant. From 2000 to 2005, she continued to work in publishing in another subject field until rejoining TFM's editorial team as Managing Editor in February 2005. In September 2012, she was promoted to Editor of TFM, where she continues to seek out solutions and trends for the magazine's facility management audience. Vazquez can be reached at

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