Update: The public comment period for 3M has ended. Green Seal accepted public comments between May 17, 2021 and June 18, 2021. Learn more about 3M and its product certification status on Green Seal’s Environmental Innovation Registry page.
3M has modified the claims associated with their application for Green Seal’s Environmental Innovation certification for their Easy Trap Sweep and Dust Sheets. The company’s proposed innovation claims are summarized below, and the full proposed criteria for this product can be reviewed on Green Seal’s website. Green Seal welcomes comments on the proposed criteria until June 18, 2021.
Innovation Claims: An Environmentally Preferable Single-Use Dust Sheet
According to 3M, this product differs from others on the market by incorporating at least 90% post-consumer recycled content polyethylene terephthalate (PET), while also achieving reductions in manufacturing water and energy use, air emissions, and waste. Manufacturing a single-use product with 90% post-consumer recycled content PET is estimated to deliver a 65% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions associated with the resource extraction, resin production, and manufacturing lifecycle phases.
Call for Comments
Green Seal is seeking input on 3M’s Easy Trap Sweep and Dust Sheets proposed revised criteria for Environmental Innovation certification from all stakeholders and the public. This public comment period will close on June 18, 2021 at 11:59PM ET.
Next Steps in the Environmental Innovation Process
Green Seal will review comments and address any substantive suggestions or objections to the proposed criteria before finalizing them. 3M will submit documented proof of compliance with these criteria for Green Seal’s third-party review of these claims. 3M’s Easy Trap Sweep and Dust Sheet will achieve Green Seal Certification for Environmental Innovation if all criteria are met.
About 3M’s Easy Trap Sweep and Dust Sheets
When used as intended, the 3M Easy Trap Sweep and Dust Sheets provide commercial surface clearing to remove dust, dirt, and debris from floors and surfaces (e.g., out-of-reach surfaces such as fans, wall corners, and light fixtures) in order to prepare surfaces for disinfection and cleaning in commercial spaces.
About Green Seal’s Environmental Innovation Standard
Green Seal’s Environmental Innovation Program is designed for manufacturers striving to advance product innovation for environmental good. The program allows manufacturers pioneering the integration of leading-edge design and performance aspects into their products to earn recognition for their innovations through a rigorous 3rd party certification. Find Innovation Certified products and learn more about the Environmental Innovation Program here.
Green Seal’s Innovation Program Process: Validation of the Innovation Claim
Green Seal has not yet validated this innovation claim. Once Green Seal finalizes the proposed criteria after this public comment period, 3M will submit documented proof of compliance with the criteria for Green Seal’s third-party review of these claims.
Earning certification under the GS-20 Standard demonstrates that Green Seal, an independent third party, has verified the environmentally innovative aspect(s) of a product. The certification includes verification that the product innovation results in a significant reduction of human health and environmental impacts compared to products of the same functional class.