— Janitorial cleaning product manufacturer M.D. Stetson
has been recognized as a "TURA 20th Anniversary Leader" by Massachusetts officials and the Toxics Use Reduction Act
(TURA) Program, according to a press release
According to the release, M.D. Stetson is one of 17 companies in the state to receive the recognition, awarded to companies that have consistently worked to achieve the use of safer materials, waste reduction and energy since the TURA Program''s inception in 1989.
The Toxics Use Reduction Institute
(TURI) at UMass Lowell
is the third-party, independent laboratory responsible for performance testing products for the presence of chemicals that could harm consumers or the environment, the release stated.
Jason Marshall, laboratory director of TURI, said: "We selected M.D. Stetson for its foresight and dedication in supplying public schools, universities and municipalities with green cleaning solutions way ahead of the spike in awareness of green products. The company was proactive in developing the market, asking customers to try the safer products while still supplying the traditional products. Changing the mindset of customers demonstrates the depth of the company''s leadership."
M.D. Stetson has been able to reduce the use of glycol ethers — which according to the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) can cause narcosis, pulmonary edema and severe liver and kidney damage in humans after short-term exposure — from 176,000 to 75,000 lbs and plans to eliminate its use altogether within a few years, the release noted.
M.D. Stetson President Michael Glass said: "I''ve always been proud of our company for doing what''s right and manufacturing and selling our products here in Massachusetts
. Eighty percent of American jobs are with small businesses like ours."
Tours will be offered of M.D. Stetson and the other recognized facilities; a full schedule is available online