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EcoLogo revises hard surface cleaners environmental standard

August 04, 2011
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OTTAWA — The EcoLogo Program has released its newly-revised environmental standard for hard surface cleaners that limits products containing asthmagens or chemicals known to trigger or aggravate asthma, a disease affecting 25 million Americans and one in 10 school-aged children, according to a press release.

The revised standard strengthens the health and environmental requirements for certification of hard surface cleaners, specifically limits the use of asthmagens and excludes substances that are harmful to humans or the environment, the release stated.

According to the release, these include ammonia, formaldehyde and phthalates — hazardous chemicals commonly found in cleaning products.

"This standard sets a vital benchmark to help identify hard surface cleaning products that excel in protecting health and the environment," said Dr. Angela Griffiths, executive director of the EcoLogo Program.

"We hope that purchasers and consumers will recognize the level of leadership and innovation displayed by manufacturers that have achieved EcoLogo certification for their environmentally preferable goods," Griffiths added.

This broad-reaching standard covers a variety of products used at home, in schools and in other institutional and commercial environments, including general purpose, bathroom and glass cleaners as well as dish detergents, degreasers and cleaners for cooking appliances, the release noted.

For more information on the revised standard, click here.

Click here to read the complete release.

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