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ISSA and Ecoform team up to develop new eco-label

November 2, 2009
LINCOLNWOOD, IL — ISSA and Ecoform have joined forces to develop an information-based environmental label (IBEL) designed specifically for the commercial cleaning industry, according to a press release.
Current product-certification programs have demonstrated inherent limitations, including: Existing standards cover only a limited set of products, leaving hundreds of "orphan" products with no options for certification or third-party verification; current eco-label programs employ simple pass/fail criteria that do not reward companies for continuous product innovation and further reductions in health and environmental impact; and many small and medium-sized companies are unable to fully participate in eco-label programs because of the high cost of certification, the release stated.
Ecoform President Jack Geibig said: "IBEL is an ambitious effort to create the next generation of environmental labels that will complement existing eco-label programs while providing a uniform platform for companies to articulate the environmental attributes for the hundreds of product categories for which eco-label programs do not exist."
The IBEL hopes to expand and standardize the set of health and environmental metrics for product reporting while providing unprecedented access to select product data in a searchable, transparent system, the release noted.
An affordable, tiered fee structure hopes to expand access to small and medium-sized manufacturers and fees will be reduced for products with existing eco-label certification from recognized programs, the release added.
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