Green cleaning

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Green cleaning refers to using cleaning methods and products with environmentally friendly ingredients and procedures which are designed to preserve human health and environmental quality.[1] Green cleaning techniques and products avoid the use of products which contain toxic chemicals, some of which emit volatile organic compounds causing respiratory, dermatological and other conditions.[2] Green cleaning can also describe the way residential and industrial cleaning products are manufactured, packaged and distributed. If the manufacturing process is environmentally friendly and the products are biodegradable, then the term "green" or "eco-friendly" may apply.

Product labeling programs[edit]

Among the product-labeling programs is the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Design for the Environment program which labels products that meet the EPA's criteria for chemicals. These products are allowed to carry the Design for the Environment (DfE) label, renamed EPA Safer Choice in 2015. Generally, products which are labelled 'low' or 'zero' VOC are safer for human and animal health in the home as well as the environment. In addition, the EPA's Toxic Substances Control Act addresses chemicals in the environment and makes regulatory rules to maximize human health.[3] There are also independent product labeling programs for cleaning products and cleaning services offered by nonprofit organizations like Green Seal.[4]

On October 15, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 258, the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act.[5] The bill was brought to the floor by Senator Ricardo Lara[5][6] and supported by some of the oldest green cleaning manufacturers, such as Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks of Earth Friendly Products[7] and board member of the American Sustainable Business Council,[8] as well as mainstream companies who are entering into the green cleaning space such as SC Johnson[9] who recently purchased Mrs. Meyers[10] and Method.[11] The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act makes California the first state to require ingredient labeling both on product labels and online for cleaning products. Unlike retail packaged food, no federal requirements exist for disclosing ingredients on cleaning products. The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act will require known hazardous chemicals in cleaning products to be listed on both product labels and online by 2020. The legislation lists 34 chemicals[5] found in cleaning products that have been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, asthma and other serious health effects:

In the announcement[6] made by the California State Senate said the bill was in "response to consumers' demand for transparency."

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  1. ^ "Defining Green Cleaning And Why It's Important". 9 November 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  2. ^ Aguirre, Sarah (12 July 2022). "What Is Green Cleaning?". The Spruce. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  3. ^ "Summary of the Toxic Substances Control Act". United States Environmental Protection Agency. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  4. ^ Kocsis, Anne (2010). The Complete Guide to Eco-Friendly House Cleaning: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply. Atlantic Publishing Company. p. 60. ISBN 978-1-60138-366-2.
  5. ^ a b c "Bill Text - SB-258 Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017". Archived from the original on 6 May 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Governor Brown Signs Cleaning Product Right to Know Act to Create First-in-Nation Label Law for Consumers". Senator Ricardo Lara (Press release). Archived from the original on 17 October 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Earth Friendly Products Celebrates Passage of California's Historic Ingredient Transparency Legislation". (Press release). 17 October 2017. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Governor Brown Signs Cleaning Products Right to Know Act". American Sustainable Business Council. Archived from the original on 3 November 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  9. ^ "SC Johnson Applauds California's Passing of Cleaning Product Right to Know Act". (Press release). Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  10. ^ Anderson, Corey (11 February 2014). "S.C. Johnson integrating Caldrea/Mrs. Meyer's in Racine, ceasing Minneapolis operations". MinnPost. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  11. ^ "SC Johnson Signs Agreement to Acquire Method and Ecover". SC Johnson (Press release). 14 September 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2018.

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