TSCA, Amended – One Year of Progress

Recently, Green Seal’s standards development team attended a conference on the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which celebrated its 1-year anniversary. We greatly enjoyed the candid conversations between the heavy hitters: government officials, members of Congress, representatives from industry, and environmental advocates.

The bill was signed into law on June 22, 2016 by President Obama, and was widely proclaimed a success.

Soon after the signing, the usual political chatter began: cheers (a rare show of bipartisanship!), grumbles (the law was decades overdue), jitters (could the EPA handle the ambitious time lines?), shrugs and yawns (too many compromises). We, in Green Seal’s Washington, DC’s headquarters, sometimes enjoy the political opera, especially since we remain happily seated in the mezzanine. I, and my friends in the DC environmental community, were heartened by the news: the EPA now had greater authority, strict time lines for progress, and dependable funding sources for implementing effective chemical regulation.

(more…)

Type 1 Ecolabels – An International Perspective

GEN Logo 11-2010smallIn 1994, Green Seal was one of the original founders of an international organization for Type 1 Ecolabels – the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN). Although GEN has been a major advocate and motivator for its members (ecolabelling programs around the world), many in Green Seal’s community are unfamiliar with GEN.

To provide a general introduction to GEN, Green Seal hosted a webinar on January 12th that featured presentations from the Chair of GEN, Bjorn-Erik Lonn, and from representatives of Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) and the Nordic Ecolabel.

Check out our recordings of the presentations below.

“The idea is to clearly identify the environmental leadership products in the market, help consumers to find them, and enhance the consumer confidence that the product actually is more environmentally preferable, therefore fighting greenwashing.” – Bjorn-Erik Lonn, Chair of the Global Ecollabeling Network (GEN).

“For businesses, an ecolabel is an effective way of measuring true environmental performance, the whole lifecycle of the product and communicating these credentials to consumers. For government, ecolabels are a tool to encourage behavior change in both consumers and producers to long-term sustainability. ” – Shaila Divakarla, Standards and Technical Manager at GECA.

In 2017, Green Seal intends to host several related webinars that will dive into the purpose, processes, and positive market effects of Type 1 Ecolabels. Stay tuned for announcements of a future webinar that make take place in April 2017.

Questions or comments about this webinar? Email us anytime at Standards@greenseal.org.

Seeking Your Feedback on Our Most Successful Standards

Over the past twenty-seven years, Green Seal has published dozens of environmental leadership standards and certified over 4,000 products. We have achieved the most success over these years in the cleaning product industry, and have invested greatly in helping manufacturers green their products. About one-third of our 32 active standards define environmental leadership for specific types of cleaning products.

For cleaning product manufacturers and for institutional purchasers, Green Seal is a well-known product certifier. Our services are trusted and respected, and the Green Seal Certification Mark is a widely recognized symbol that shows that a product has been evaluated for both performance and environmental leadership. A key facet of our success has been that our certification process is transparent and scientific; certification is based on our accurate and publicly available environmental leadership standards.

(more…)

Call for Public Input on Insulation

New Environmental Standard

for Architectural Insulation Materials, GS-54

Green Seal invites stakeholders and interested individuals to assist in the development of this new environmental leadership standard – GS-54.

Register to comment here.

Purpose: This standard is being developed to help purchasers identify and choose environmentally preferable architectural insulation products.

Stakeholders: Green Seal is soliciting suggestions and comments from diverse stakeholders including manufacturers, facility managers, operators, consumer groups, health and environmental groups, and general interest groups.

(more…)

Call for Comments – Laundry Standard Updates

A Message from Green Seal’s Science & Standard Department…

GS-48 Image 2Green Seal invites the public to participate in the revision of Green Seal’s Standards for Laundry Products.

We welcome comments of support and criticism – both types of comments will help us evaluate the proposed changes.

To submit comments, please register as a stakeholder through our online commenting portal.

Comments will be accepted until October 25.

Interested in an in-depth technical read on laundry products and sustainability? Check out The Rationale [PDF] – A document that reviews and explains the reasoning behind each of the proposed revisions. (more…)

My Internship with Green Seal

HeadshotBy Allison Killius, Green Seal’s Science & Standards Intern, Spring 2015

I began interning with Green Seal in March of 2015. I was looking for some work experience before returning to grad school in the fall, and one of my friends from Tulane University, Lisa Nash, told me about the environmental nonprofit she recently began working for, Green Seal. I applied for an internship and was invited to begin working with Brie and Daniel of the Science and Standards department.

My first few assignments helped me become familiar with the Green Seal website, certified products, and the many steps that go into developing and revising Green Seal Standards. My experience with Green Seal inspired me to become a more mindful consumer, introduced me to the rigorous process of stakeholder-based standard development, and allowed me to develop as a professional. (more…)

Sustainability – Fueled by Social Media

Nathan HeadshotBy Nathan Strauss, Green Seal Intern – Spring 2015

What’s something that popular social media pages share in common? Posts that are sharable and useful.

As the green economy continues to grow, companies that prove themselves to be leaders in sustainability are beginning to gain an edge amongst consumers. More often than not, one of the most effective ways to portray their sustainable commitments is through the use of eco-labels, like the Green Seal. Product labels are excellent promotion tools, because of how they clue audiences in to a general theme—they can be promoted across many posts to drive home the same point (in the case of eco-labels, sustainability).

Similarly, one of the most effective ways to promote these commitments is through the use of social media. As a marketing tool, social media is invaluable, as it provides companies with an opportunity to form a relationship with their consumers.

As a communications student, I’ve seen first hand the impact that social media can have on an organization’s ability to engage its followers. With so many consumers, myself included, regularly interacting on social media platforms it is by far the most efficient way to broadcast one’s message to a larger audience—particularly when done strategically. (more…)