Green Seal™ Standards

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GS-1 Sanitary Paper Products (Paper Towels and Tissue)

  • 100% Recycled (recovered after papermaking process) may also contain a mix of agricultural plant residue
  • Minimum 50% post-consumer wastepaper content for paper towels (exceeds minimum EPA guidelines)
  • Minimum 25% post-consumer wastepaper content in bath tissue and toilet seat covers; 15% facial tissue (exceeds EPA minimum guidelines)
  • Product performance is consistently measured under controlled and reproducible laboratory conditions and products meet the requirements in the standard with respect to basis weight, tensile strength, stretch, and absorbency
  • Hardwound 1-ply roll towel contains a minimum of 133 square feet of product per roll; 58 square feet per roll minimum for 2-ply kitchen roll towels
  • Folded 1-ply paper towel contains a minimum of 84 square feet per package
  • Double-ply bath tissue contains a minimum of 41 square feet of product per roll and facial tissue contains a minimum of 37 square feet per package
  • The papermaking process, including deinking and/or bleaching, for producing paper towels and tissue is processed chlorine free (PCF) and does not contain any additives or contaminants that are carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxins
  • The papermaking process meets the established limits for water disinfection and optical brighteners
  • Papermaking additives are readily biodegradable, except for those noted in the standard
  • Paper towels or bath tissue do not contain any added chlorophenolic biocides, fragrances, heavy metals, or ozone-depleting compounds
  • Products are manufactured by companies that adhere to social responsibility guidelines and provide fair conditions of employment
  • Products are manufactured within established annual water and energy use criteria
  • The cores in the roll towels and bath tissue and the facial tissue boxes are made from 100% recycled materials
  • Outer corrugated cardboard packaging is recyclable and made from at least 30% recovered material
  • Packaging made from plastic is recyclable, or source-reduced by 20% or contains 25% recovered material content
  • Packaging does not contain heavy metals, including lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium nor phthalates, bisphenol A, and chlorinated packaging material (for plastic packaging) that have intentionally been
  • Printing colorants on packaging do not contain lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium in excess of 100 parts per million (above trace levels)

GS-41A Hand Cleaners & Hand Soap

  • Must meet or exceed applicable governmental and industrial safety and performance standards.
  • Cannot be a skin sensitizer or skin irritant.
  • No antibacterial, disinfecting, antiseptic or sanitizing product claims can be made.
  • Cannot be formulated or manufactured with phosphates, NTA, EDTA, APEOs, halogenated organic solvents, butoxy-ehtanol, or with any chemicals that are proven, probable, or possible carcinogens.
  • Fragrances used must be produced or handled following the code of practice of the International Fragrance Association. Fragrances must be declared on the product label and MSDS sheets.
  • Can only be formulated or manufactured with good grade dyes.
  • Cannot contain volatile organic compounds in excess of 1%.
  • Based on standard use, hand cleaners cannot be toxic to aquatic life and must be readily biodegradable.
  • Must include detailed instructions for proper use to maximize product performance and minimize waste.
  • Must not be packaged in a bag in box packaging.
  • Packaging must be recycled (an exception shall be made for lightweight flexible packaging, such as pouches or bags that represent at least 20% reduction in material use when compared with rigid packaging). Efforts must be made to ensure packaging contains post-consumer recycled content.