The EcoLogo Program from TerraChoice Environmental Marketing recently announced that it will work with ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and its partner Ecoform, to offer its clients the option to integrate their certified cleaning products into ISSA''s new environmental purchasing tool, which will be launched in 2011.
EcoLogo has been a key certifier for many ISSA member companies for almost two decades.
This partnership will enable the EcoLogo Program to offer its clients the option of providing more detailed environmental information in addition to EcoLogo certification.
Both organizations are working to determine harmonized data requirements, streamlined options for manufacturers to opt to submit products for both programs simultaneously and accompanying price breaks for doing so.
The new tool is ISSA''s answer to an increased demand for what is called "radical transparency," a growing reaction to the lack of actual data about why a product claims to be green, to protect health or to be safer.
It also aims to provide easy-to-use product data sheets that can help distributors better explain the differences between products.
For more information regarding the ISSA/Ecoform purchasing tool, and updates regarding its relationship with EcoLogo and other environmental programs, visit www.ecoform.com/registry.
The program is accepting volunteers for its upcoming beta program and is expected to launch the completed online tool in summer 2011.