- Environmental Attributes to Look For
- Procurement Guidance
- Case Studies
- Web Resources
Environmental Attributes to Look For
- Minimizes exposure to concentrates
- No ozone depleting substances
- Recyclable packging
- Recycled-content in packaging
- Reduced bioconcentration factor
- Reduced flammability
- Reduced or no added dyes, except when added for safety purposes
- Reduced or no added fragrances
- Reduced or no skin irritants
- Reduced or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Reduced packaging
EPP Guide: Greening Your Purchasing of Cleaning Products
Procurement guide for federal purchasers of environmentally preferable cleaning products.
Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG)
Recycled-content recommendations for procurement of cleaning products.
- Paper and Paper Products (commercial/industrial sanitary tissue products)
- Miscellaneous Products (sorbents)
EPA Web Sites
Design for the Environment (DfE)
The DfE program allows use of its logo on products that are made of safer chemicals. A DfE logo on a product means that the DfE scientific review team has screened each ingredient for potential human health and environmental effects and that the product contains only those ingredients that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class.
Other Government Web Sites
Department of the Interior (DOI), Green Cleaning
Information about DOI's green cleaning initiatives and accomplishments, including guidance on greening a janitorial business, case studies, and other resources.
General Services Administration (GSA), Safer Paints, Cleaning and Other Chemical Products
Information on GSA's modified product specifications for paints, coatings, sealants, cleaners, and degreasers that require the reduction/elimination of detrimental components.
GSA Advantage! Environmental Aisle
GSA's Advantage Environmental Aisle has thousands of products and services available to assist federal customers in making environmental oriented procurements. Click on the "Environmental" Special Category to view environmentally preferable products and services.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Green Cleaners
Information about the state of Minnesota's use of green cleaners, including success stories and links to green cleaning resources.
Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, Green Janitorial Products and Services
Information for federal facility managers, acquisition staff, health and safety officers and others who are considering the use of green cleaners, including contract language, implementation guidance, case studies, links to products and services that have successfully been used by others, and expert contacts.
Washington State, King County, Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Products
Information about King County's use of green cleaners, including contract specifications and links to green cleaning resources.
Non-Government Web Sites
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Cleaning Standard
ASTM's Standard Guide for Stewardship for the Cleaning of Commercial and Institutional Buildings (E1971-05) outlines procedure to assist owners and operators of commercial and institutional buildings in the stewardship of cleaning and housekeeping operations. The focus of this guide is to address appropriate cleaning activities and processes, to promote eco-efficiency and sustainability, and to avoid adverse impacts on the building occupants, cleaning personnel, the building structure itself, and the environment.
Green Seal, Cleaning Products
Green Seal is an independent, nonprofit organization that sets environmental standards and awards a Green Seal of Approval to products that cause less harm to the environment than other similar products. Green Seal has consensus-based standards for a variety of cleaning products. These standards and a list of qualified products are available on the Green Seal Web site.
ISSA, Green Cleaning
ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, provides information on green cleaning products and the implementation of green cleaning programs.
McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC), Cleaning Products
MBDC sets environmental standards and awards a "Cradle to Cradle" certification to products considered healthy for humans and the environment throughout their lifecycles, and products that are sources of high-quality materials for perpetual cycles of assembly, use, disassembly and recycling or composting. The certification criteria and a list of certified cleaning products are available on the MBDC Web site.
Washington Toxics Coalition, Cleaning Products
Information on green cleaning from an organization dedicated to protecting public health and the environment by promoting alternatives to toxic chemicals.
Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network, Janitorial Products Pollution Prevention Project
Information on the risks associated with more than 100 cleaning product ingredients, a list of high risk products, and risk evaluation forms. The site also includes a series of fact sheets highlighting the pollution prevention opportunities associated with cleaning products, including recommendations about which chemicals to avoid.