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Green Seal Releases Environmental Standard for Consumer Soaps

In 2008, sales of natural personal care and household products increased by 8.4% according to Nutrition Business Journal, April 2009. But the parallel increase in “greenwashing” points to a need for a credible 3rd-party certification of these products. Shoppers are confused and frustrated by false and misleading claims and indecipherable ingredient lists on labels. It was with this in mind that Green Seal, a leading independent ecolabel in the United States, developed the first life-cycle based standard for consumer soaps. After 18 months in development, Green Seal is excited to announce the release of its Environmental Leadership Standard for Soaps, Cleansers, and Shower Products, GS-44.

 

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GS-44 is the first standard to comprehensively address the health, environmental, and labeling concerns for soaps, cleansers, shampoo, and conditioners for adults, children and infants. Now companies offering truly sustainable personal care products can apply for certification to back up their claims.
 
The new standard prohibits carcinogens, mutagens and reproductive toxins, and other known health hazards, and stipulates other restrictions. To reduce environmental impact, products must be biodegradable, not contain phosphorus, and packaging must be source-reduced. In addition, the standard requires the package include a list of all ingredients in the product and that it defines common claims made on the label such as "natural", "organic", and "bio-based".
 
“The Green Seal® on a product label makes it easier for shoppers to identify products without harmful ingredients,” said Dr. Cheryl Baldwin, Vice President of Standards for Green Seal, Inc. “It serves as a reassurance to consumers that the product works as well as or better than its non-green counterpart, and is truly a safer product.”
 
The new standard is available for reading and downloading on the Green Seal Web site.

About Green Seal

Green Seal, a non-profit based in Washington D.C., has been identifying consumer and institutional products and services that protect the environment and human health since 1989. Green Seal has developed over 40 standards and certified more than 3,300 products and services. For more information, visit www.GreenSeal.org.

 

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Green Seal Releases Environmental Standard for Consumer Soaps:  Created on June 11th, 2009.  Last Modified on June 19th, 2011

 

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About Dr. Arthur Weissman

Dr. Arthur Weissman

Arthur Weissman is President and CEO of Green Seal, the leading non-profit green cleaning certification organization. Dr. Weissman has over 25 years of experience in environmental policy, standards and enforcement. He joined Green Seal in 1993 as Vice President of Standards and Certification, becoming President and CEO in late 1996, and he served as Chair of the Global Ecolabelling Network from 1994 to 1997.

Prior to joining Green Seal, he was responsible for developing national policy and guidance for the Superfund program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He also served as a Congressional Science Fellow and worked for The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut.

He holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in physical geography and environmental science, a masters in natural resource management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a bachelors degree from Harvard University.

 

 

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