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Green Seal releases new standard for laundry products

January 25, 2013

WASHINGTON — Green Seal has announced the publication of GS-51, a new standard designed specifically to address the lifecycle impacts of laundry care products for institutional and industrial settings, according to a press release.

green seal 360x235Traditional laundry products are significant contributors to water pollution, and both manufacturers and users risk exposure to harmful chemicals through inhalation and skin contact when using many of these products, the release stated.

According to the release, in addition to minimizing or eliminating the use of many hazardous ingredients often found in these products, GS-51 provides an important benchmark in terms of product concentration, establishing minimum requirements for concentrated (two times) and ultra-concentrated (four times) detergents and fabric softeners.

"Research has shown that the environmental impact of these products can be reduced by concentrating the product, thereby minimizing its volume," said Dr. Arthur Weissman, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Green Seal.

"Concentrated products use less packaging material and contain less water, meaning fewer pallets to transport, fewer trucks on the road and less storage space needed. These improvements represent a smaller carbon footprint as well," Weissman added.

GS-51 covers more than 20 categories of products for conventional laundry and dry cleaning, including detergents, prewash products and spot removers; additives such as alkali boosters; and fabric care products such as anti-static treatment, starches and fabric softeners, the release noted.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.