Green paper products are often covered with logos representing various certifying agencies and badges of approval, but what do those symbols and certifications really mean? Read on to learn more about three important agencies and what their certifications and recommendations really tell you about green cleaning supplies in MA.
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA does not actually certify products, but it does issue recommendations on green products for institutions. According to EPA procurement guidelines, bathroom and sanitary tissue should be at least 20 percent recovered fiber, including at least 20 percent post-consumer fiber. Paper towels and napkins must include at least 30 percent recovered fiber, and facial tissue should contain at least 10 percent recovered fiber.
This non-profit certifying organization considers a products entire life cycle. To be Green Seal certified, bathroom tissue should be made of 100 percent recovered materials, including at least 20 percent post-consumer materials. Banner Systems carries a number of bathroom tissues that meet this standard, including Dubl-Nature bath tissues.
Facial tissue should contain at least 10 percent post-consumer materials and 100 percent recovered materials. Paper napkins and towels should contain 100 percent recovered materials and a minimum of 40 percent post-consumer material by weight. Products should not contain any added ingredients, dyes, inks or fragrances.
Green cleaning supplies in MA with the EcoLogo certification are made in paper pills that demonstrate positive environmental performance in terms of energy and resource consumption. Mills may also earn points toward EcoLogo certification by preventing waste from going into landfills.
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