UL Announces Global Certification for Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Products at ISSA INTERCLEAN®
Internationally Recognized Environmental Leadership Standards to Facilitate the Manufacture and Use of Greener, More Sustainable Cleaning Products
NORTHBROOK, Ill., May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), announced today the launch of a globally applicable, lifecycle-based environmental product certification for janitorial and sanitation products.
Formerly available only as EcoLogo®, a North American certification recognized mainly in Canada and the U.S., this new, worldwide UL certification service for environmentally preferable cleaning products will enable manufacturers to leverage UL's trusted brand and technical expertise to showcase their environmental stewardship and marketplace leadership.
"We are committed to advancing the globalization of 'green' in the janitorial and sanitation industry, and we believe our ISO 14024-compliant environmental certification will help make that possible," says Angela Griffiths, director of operations for UL Environment. "Because of the chemical composition of 'jan-san' products, and because of the nature of their use, cleaning product manufacturers have a unique opportunity to make a real, lasting, and positive impact on the health of both the environment and the end-user. UL Environment is poised to help them do so."
Manufacturers around the world may pursue UL Environmental Product Certification to one (or more) of approximately 20 multi-attribute leadership standards, including those for:
- Carpet/Upholstery Cleaners
- Floor Care Products
- Hard Surface Cleaners
- Sanitary Paper Products
- Hand Cleaners
Developed in a consensus-based manner, these voluntary standards are rigorous, ensuring that only the top-performing products in the global marketplace can comply.
"This is why they are considered 'leadership' standards," says Griffiths. "Not just any product can make the cut. But those that do make the cut and earn the UL Environmental Product Certification mark can prove to the world that they are bona fide environmental leaders."
Visit UL Environment at booth #1.02.323C at ISSA INTERCLEAN, May 8-11 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
About UL Environment
UL Environment, a business unit of UL, works to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services, and organizations. We help companies achieve their sustainability goals—and help purchasers, specifiers, retailers, governments, and consumers find products they can trust. UL Environment offers environmental claim validations, multi-attribute product certifications, environmental product declarations, indoor air quality certification, product emissions testing, organizational sustainability certification, and consulting. For more information, visit www.ul.com/environment.
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