Oregon has joined a growing number of states to ban per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in cosmetics and personal care products. The “Toxic-Free Cosmetics” bill that passed the state legislature this week prohibits all PFAS and seven other chemicals from cosmetic and personal care products sold in the state beginning in 2027.
Category: Trends in Sustainability
Exposure to toxic chemicals is linked to a variety of health and environmental safety concerns that put people at risk. Instead of trying to find safer products based on SDSs that may be missing critical hazard details, choose Green Seal-certified products for more peace of mind.
Green Seal’s partnership with Amazon Climate Pledge Friendly has expanded to the U.K. and the European Union. Amazon customers in the U.K., Germany, Italy, France, and Spain now see a “Climate Pledge Friendly” label on the listings for products certified by Green Seal.
Wayfair’s newest feature makes it simple for customers to shop for more sustainable home products and encourages brands to produce and source more sustainably. The Shop Sustainably filter allows shoppers to find products that are certified by Green Seal or select other trusted third-party organizations to meet meaningful sustainability standards.
A new study finds there are two key methods hotels can use to successfully convert their green certification credentials into more bookings. Green Seal-certified hotels are well positioned to capitalize on this by communicating the features of their certification, like meeting leadership standards for recycling, energy use, water use, HVAC maintenance, and sustainable purchasing, among other criteria.
As the world opens up amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, travelers have come to expect more frequent cleaning and disinfecting in the spaces they occupy – but it does not have to come at the expense of healthy indoor air quality.
Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) and Green Seal launched a pilot standard for healthy and sustainable school facilities that focuses on measures that can make a big difference without major capital investments. This is the first national standard focused on healthier school facilities, and it is publicly available for any school district or university to use today to improve air quality.
Anxiety about the spread of the COVID-19 virus has led households to significantly increase their use of cleaning and disinfecting chemicals throughout the pandemic. Though well-intentioned, these habits can expose households to toxic chemicals, ultimately causing more harm than good. By learning how to choose safer products and understanding when disinfecting is appropriate, you can guard against viruses and other germs while also protecting your home’s indoor air quality and the health and safety of your family.
New research shows that consumers, particularly younger generations, are beginning to see sustainable products as higher performing than conventional alternatives. This change in the perceived value of environmentally preferable products is a testament to the quality of the sustainable brands available today and a beacon of hope for the future of responsible companies.
Google’s latest feature makes it easier for travelers to find sustainable lodging options. This new feature tags environmentally preferable hotels that have achieved ecolabel certification from Green Seal or select other credible third-party certification organizations as “Eco-Certified” in Google Travel hotel search results.
Unhealthy indoor air, inadequate ventilation, and chemical exposure from cleaning and maintenance routines are linked to poor concentration and test performance in students, adding preventable barriers to achievement. Green Seal’s updated standard sets additional and more substantial monitoring requirements; establishes the point system that will be used as the basis for certification; and provides more opportunities for schools to make healthier, safer choices.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are common indoor air pollutants that are frequently found in household products and can cause adverse health effects. Products certified to Green Seal standards must abide by strict limits to VOCs to protect human health. This post provides a quick overview of VOCs, how to choose healthier, greener products, and other tips for reducing your exposure to VOCs.
Green Seal’s standards address the most significant health and environmental impacts for which there are known and feasible safer alternatives. Critically, Green Seal standards also set requirements for functional performance; buyers can be confident the certified healthier product they are choosing is also one that will meet their expectations and get the job done.
This is a guest contribution by Patrick Lucci Since 1847, when chlorine was first used as a disinfectant, there have been few alternatives to the effective but often dangerous substances known as chemical disinfectants. Today, there is a technology that combines salt, water, vinegar, and electricity to create an EPA-registered, general purpose, hospital-grade cleaner and
Last Summer, I warned of a dangerous trend of over-disinfecting buildings to reassure people about safety amid the pandemic – with minimal effectiveness at reducing virus spread and significant risks to people’s health from toxic chemicals. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance to confirm that regular cleaning is preferable to disinfecting most of the time. When is disinfecting appropriate? The CDC now says to