Standard Projects

Standards in Development

Green Seal does not currently have any upcoming standards in development.

Revisions in progress

As a Type I ecolabel, Green Seal develops and maintains standards within an open and transparent process, aligned with best practices in standard development. Green Seal welcomes comments from stakeholders and members of the public. Instructions for submitting comments are included within the proposal documents, available for download below.

  • GS-1 Sanitary Paper Products – Standard Revision

    Summary: The market for recycled fiber has undergone dramatic changes in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and impacts of the China Sword policy.  Due to these changes, Green Seal is evaluating possible revisions to the sustainability criteria in its GS-1 Standard for Sanitary Paper Products, including the highly stringent recycled fiber requirements, to ensure they align with market needs as well as new sustainability opportunities for the product category. Through this revision, Green Seal will also explore potential certification pathways for sustainably sourced alternative fibers (e.g., bamboo) and will assess whether different leadership criteria are needed for the household market versus the away-from-home market. 

    Status: Green Seal is currently developing revised criteria with stakeholder and Working Group input. Learn more here. If you are interested in providing feedback or receiving updates on this standard revision, contact us.

  • GS-60 Plastic Trash Bags and Can Liners – Standard Revision

    Summary: Plastic trash bags are single-use plastics that have negative environmental impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions and plastic waste. Green Seal’s Standard for Plastic Trash Bags and Can Liners (GS-60) recognizes products that reduce virgin plastic use. Green Seal is exploring potential revisions to our recognition model for environmental leadership, specifically how much virgin plastic is allowed in certified trash bags and can liners.

    Status: Green Seal is currently developing revised criteria with stakeholder input. If you are interested in providing feedback or receiving updates on this standard revision, contact us.

  • PFAS Prohibition, Multi-Standard – Criteria Revision

    Summary: PFAS are a large class of chemicals commonly used in consumer products and associated with a number of adverse health and environmental effects. As part of Green Seal’s phased approach to prohibit PFAS in certified products, the following standards are now being revised:

    – GS-11 Standard, Paints, Coatings, Stains, and Sealers
    – GS-34 Standard, Cleaning and Degreasing Agents
    – GS-36 Standard, Adhesives for Commercial Use
    – GS-40 Standard, Floor-Care Products for Industrial and Institutional Use

    Status: Learn more here. If you are interested in providing feedback or receiving updates on this standard revision, sign up to be a participating stakeholder.

UPCOMING REVISIONS

  • Green Seal does not currently have any active upcoming revision projects to existing standards.

RECENTLY COMPLETED REVISIONS AND NEW STANDARDS

2024

2023

2022

2021

2020

Please visit our Library of Standards Documents for more information on these and other standard revisions.