How to buy certified cleaning products

Introduction

We are using chemical products rampantly in our daily lives. This is both knowingly and unknowingly. Either way, in the long term ( at times, short term as well) these chemicals affect our health.

Several scientific studies have proven that regular chemical usage can lead to breathing problems. Even lung diseases could happen if exposure is long term.

Besides, many accidents have been reported by the media. One such instance was reported in the first  week of November 2019 in Washington. A restaurant worker died due to toxic fumes generated from mixing two cleaning agents.

Environmental Working Group , a non-profit, non-partisan group organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment reported the death of  a Buffalo Wild Wings in Massachussets after he inhaled a mix of cleaners that contained acid and bleach. Scale Kleen and Super 8 were unknowingly mixed and the bubbles formed produced fumes that overpowered the victim. Ten other workers and patrons were affected.

In some cases, accidents happen due to ignoring the labels on chemical cleaning agents. Workers are specifically prone  they are exposed to these agents throughout the day. Fumes emanating from chloramine gas and chlorine gas are toxic. Even a single high - level exposure of chlorine could lead to an asthma attack.

Chlorine bleach is a term known to everyone. Basically this is ammonia or sodium hypochlorite. Another term for ammonia is ammonium hydroxide. Avoid the products which contain these ingredients in the label.

In this blog, The importance of going for eco friendly cleaning products is highlighted. This is critical to know since sustainable living has found its roots, has been  proven to be good for human health as well for the environment. Everyone  is urged to adopt this lifestyle for the sake of oneself and loved ones.

This adaptation is easy and can be done in two ways. One is to look for the certification seal on the cleaning products that you buy from the store. The other is to make homemade cleaning products . Here, we will focus on the former.

Green Seal

One certification that can be relied upon is Green Seal

Green Seal sets standards through a multi-stakeholder, consensus-based process for products (such as janitorial cleaners, floor strippers, and paints) and services (including hotels and cleaning services) and certifies they meet those standards. 

The certification mark on a product label, a hotel or restaurant brochure, or a custodian's uniform demonstrates that a company has undergone a rigorous process to keep you and your family safer and healthier, and reduced their impact on the environment. Additionally, the mark demonstrates that the product or service has undergone comprehensive performance testing and periodic on-site audits. Certified products, manufacturing plants, cleaning services, hotels and restaurants also undergo periodic monitoring to ensure compliance.

Where to find the Green Seal

Caring for Home

Household cleaners

Specialty cleaners

Laundry care products

Cleaning services

Bath soap and shampoo

Personal care and cosmetic products

Printing papers

Kitchen papers

Compact fluorescent bulbs

Building home

Windows

Paints, Coatings, Stains, and Sealers

Recycled Latex Paint

Outside Home

Lodging

Restaurants

ECOLOGO

The certification by ECOLOGO is also considered of authority.

The certification covers some or all of the following categories:

  • Materials
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing and operations
  • Product performance and use
  • Health and environment
  • Product stewardship and innovation

Essentially, the products, services and packaging are certified for reduced environmental impact. ECOLOGO certifications are voluntary, multiattribute, life cycle-based environmental certifications that indicate a product has undergone rigorous scientific testing, exhaustive auditing or both, to prove its compliance with stringent, third-party, environmental performance standards.

Industries Covered - Table
 Industries covered
  • Automotive and Mobility
  • Built Environment
  • Consumer Products
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Financial and Professional Services
  • Government
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences
  • Industrial Products and Services
  • Life Safety
  • Materials and Chemicals
  • Retail
  • Technology and Electronics
The above table indicates the power of each consumer to make mindful purchases across many industries.

 Consumer Products Covered -Table 
 Consumer products covered

https://www.ul.com/consumer-products

From a direct consumption point of view, this includes food, wiring material, plumbing products, rainwater catchment, toy safety, cosmetics and personal care products, lighting and energy efficiency, motors and pumps, pools and spas, protective coatings, jewelry and watches, textiles, apparel, footwear and other general merchandise.

 

Hope the above information makes you a more aware consumer whose purchases can make a meaningful impact on the finite resources of the earth. Here is your chance to go for a sustainable living style that will help preserve the earth for future generations to live, enjoy and thrive.

 

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