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EcoLogo Standards Update

September 8, 2011

Hard Surface Cleaners

The EcoLogo Program from TerraChoice Environmental Marketing is working on the second draft of its Hard Surface Cleaners Standard (CCD-146), which is now available for comment.

This standard development process is being supported by Jack Geibig, director of the University of Tennessee Center for Clean Products, leaders in the development of environmental product and material standards.

The EcoLogo Program has also made an effort to better harmonize this standard with other programs including Green Seal Inc., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency''s Design for the Environment (DfE), the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) and the Information Based Environmental Label (IBEL) being developed by ISSA as well as relevant European programs.

For more information about this standard in development, visit www.ecologo.org/en/criteria/subpage.asp?page_id=203.

Biologically-based Cleaning And Degreasing Compounds

In March 2011, EcoLogo launched its revised standard for Biologically-based Cleaning and Degreasing Compounds (CCD-110).

This review process has updated the standard''s criteria according to current industry practices and has also improved the standard''s environmental performance requirements.

EcoLogo-certified biologically-based products contain microbial cultures as their main active ingredient that promotes microbial digestion of hydrocarbons, organic contaminants and other undesirable substances.

They may also contain additives — surfactants and buffers — that increase their effectiveness.

These products offer environmental benefits including reduced use of material resources, enhanced biodegradability and reduction of pollutant emissions like volatile organic compounds (VOC).

Watch for the revised EcoLogo standard for Biologically-based Cleaning and Degreasing Compounds here: www.EcoLogo.org/en/Criteria/Subpage.asp?page_id=218.