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October 2012 Feature 2

The Greening Of Specialty Cleaners

Adding spokes to the sustainable wheel, green-certified specialty cleaners fill an environmentally preferable product void.

October 01, 2012
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More On Product Labeling

Pertaining to labeling specialty cleaners, GS-53 stipulates:

  • The product label shall include English and another language, or English and graphical representation describing proper dilution, dose, use, personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements and disposal.
  • The product label must list ingredients; when referring to fragrances or fragrance components,a list of fragrance componentsshall be made available to end users in an easily accessible means, such as the company website, the website of the International Fragrance Association or technical data sheet. A chemical function or chemical class descriptor may be used to protect trade secret information.
  • Environmental claims on the label such as “natural,” “organic” or “bio-based” must meet definitions as outlined in GS-53 so the end user can be assured that such claims on a certified product have been verified.

GS-53 also recognizes that several products, including disinfectants and sanitizers, direct-release products, dish detergents and biologically-based products may require unique labeling.

Direct-release products are intended for use in applications that result in their immediate release into the environment, bypassing sewage treatment or septic systems, which shorten the time for degradation prior to entering sensitive environments.

Specialty cleaners such as car washes, boat cleaners and graffiti removers are examples of direct-release products.

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