Biobased chemicals are made with natural, renewable resources such as soybeans, coconuts, and corn. However, the new product line takes sustainability a step further, meeting or exceeding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) BioPreferred program’s minimum for biocontent.
In addition, they have been formulated in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design for the Environment (DfE) formulation initiative.
According to Diane Mahana, marketing manager for Pro-Link, the new line will be available for shipment beginning January 2010.
The biobased product line includes:
· Glass cleaner
· General-purpose cleaner
Better for Our Industry, Country, and Environment
Mahana says that the use of biobased cleaning chemicals helps the professional cleaning industry meet several objectives that benefit our industry, country, the economy, and the environment. In fact, this is one of the key goals of the USDA BioPreferred program.
Examples of this include:
· The ingredients in biobased cleaning chemicals are grown in the
· No petroleum or other limited resources are used in biobased cleaning products, reducing our dependence on foreign oil.
· Biobased products have lower levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), helping to protect health and indoor air quality.
· Because the BioLink line is Green certified, it helps facilities implement Green cleaning and earn LEED-EB* points.
The chemicals also qualify as USDA "BioPreferred" products for federal government procurement. "This indicates [that] the federal government is encouraging the use of biobased cleaning products in their facilities worldwide,"adds Mahana.
*Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—Existing Buildings.