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ISSA release 7.15

July 15, 2013

Transpare Surpasses 1,200 Active Users

LINCOLNWOOD, IL — Looking for an easy way to identify and research green chemical cleaning products and demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, more than 1,200 active, unique users—including purchasing professionals, facility managers, and building service contractors—are already using Transpare®, the industry’s new online purchasing resource. The site, which helps purchasers directly compare cleaning products based on environmental, health, and safety attributes, also was well received at the recent Every Building Show hosted by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).
 
This easy-to-use resource, found at http://www.transpare.com, uses uniform metrics, which can be sorted according to those criteria most important to the customer while helping combat potential “greenwashing.” ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and its partner Ecoform, are showcasing the new tool at a variety of purchaser events this year. The result has been a total of more than 10,000 page views logged on the site thus far.
 
Manufacturers who have already placed products in the online registry include Avmor Ltd.; Betco Corp.; Diversey; Ecolab, Inc.; Enviro-Solutions Ltd.; Larose et Fils Ltee; Midlab, Inc.; Rochester MidlandCorp.; and Spartan Chemical Co., Inc. Such companies are able to demonstrate their commitment to assisting customers in providing a clean, green, and healthy indoor environment as well as highlight the unique environmental characteristics of their products in a crowded marketplace.
 
“We are very pleased with the purchaser response to this new tool in such a short time,” said ISSA Executive Director John Garfinkel. “It reinforces ISSA’s belief that providing decision-makers with the right information can actually increase their appreciation of how cleaning can help them achieve their overall organizational goals.”
 
Upcoming purchaser events where Transpare will be featured include the APPA Annual Conference for higher education facility managers, August 2-4; the National Institute for Public Procurement Annual Forum for government purchasers August 24-28; and the International Facility Management Association’s IFMA World Workplace, October 2-4.
 
Transpare was developed using a consensus-based process driven by the priorities of purchasers representing key market sectors, including health care, education, and government, plus environmental organizations and traditional ecolabel organizations.

 Experts involved in the development include representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment, Green Seal, EcoLogo, State of Illinois, State of California, and Walmart.
 
To search for and compare products, visit www.transpare.com. Manufacturers interested in listing their products within Transpare can contact ISSA Environmental Services Account Executive David Schweizer at davids@issa.com.
 
About ISSA
As the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide, ISSA is committed to helping its members change the way the world views cleaning. The association provides its members with the business tools they need to promote the vision that cleaning is an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. For more information on ISSA, visit http://www.issa.comor call 800-255-4772 (NorthAmerica) or 847-982-0800.
                       
About Ecoform
Ecoform is the leading technical analysis company in the United States that focuses on the environmental performance of companies and their products and processes. Founded in 2006—but based on the combined 50-year history of its practitioners working through a variety of corporate and university organizations, such as The University of Tennessee's Center for Clean Products—the team brings a unique mix of skills to help companies achieve corporate environmental and social responsibility.