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An Update On EcoLogo Standards

September 19, 2010

Pool And Spa Chemical Products

The first draft of the Pool and Spa Water Treatment Products Standard was released in December 2009.

The comment period has closed and the EcoLogo Program is in the process of creating a comment report and a second draft of the standard.

Following an additional comment period, a final standard is expected no later than June 2010.

Hand Sanitizers

The EcoLogo Program launched its Instant Hand Antiseptic Products Standard on February 17, 2010, with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture''s (USDA) BioPreferred program.

An important aspect of the Instant Hand Antiseptic Products Standard certification is the requirement of bio-based content.

EcoLogo certification of these products follows the minimum bio-based content standards set by the BioPreferred program.

Based on a review of currently available lifecycle information, the product category requirements will produce an environmental benefit through a substitution for less harmful raw materials, a reduction of environmental hazards and an increase of product packaging recyclability.

As an example of the specific requirements for raw materials in this standard, at least 73 percent of the total weight of the carbon in the product formula must be bio-based.

The standard for EcoLogo-certified instant hand sanitizer products is focused on the "away from home market," which encompasses health care and food service facilities, in addition to all other instances away from a personal residence.

For a copy of the EcoLogo Instant Hand Antiseptic Products Standard and to learn more about how to certify instant hand sanitizer products against this standard, please visit www.ecologo.org.

Hard Surface Cleaners

The EcoLogo Program and its colleagues at the University of Tennessee Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies are currently compiling, reviewing and addressing hundreds of public comments on the discussion document released on December 7, 2009, regarding the Hard Surface Cleaners Standard.

Many comments strongly supported efforts to harmonize the EcoLogo standard with other programs such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency''s (EPA) Design for the Environment (DfE), Green Seal and others.

However, stakeholders also cautioned not to devalue the unique leadership perspective EcoLogo has maintained over the years.

Within the next few weeks, the EcoLogo Program will respond to the public comments and release an initial draft of the revised EcoLogo Hard Surface Cleaners Standard.