US EPA Recommends Federal Purchasers Use Green Seal’s Standards for Paints and Coatings


January 18, 2017

US EPA Recommends Federal Purchasers Use Green Seal’s Standards for Paints and Coatings

GS-11 & GS-43 Added, Six Green Seal Standards Now EPA Recommended 

Washington, DC – Green Seal, the nation’s premier independent environmental certification non-profit, is pleased to announce that two more of its standards, GS-11 (Standard for Paints, Coatings, Stains, and Sealers) and GS-43 (Standard for Recycled Latex Paint), were recently recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its newly revised Recommendations of Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing.

The Recommendations were updated at the conclusion of a pilot that assessed environmental performance standards and ecolabels focused on furniture, flooring, and/or paints and coatings. Green Seal standards for institutional cleaners, floor care products, hand soap, sanitary paper, and printing and writing paper are already recommended by EPA.

“We are thrilled to have the EPA include Green Seal among the credible standards and ecolabels recommended for federal procurement. The EPA Recommendations represent a tremendous amount of effort by the agency and diverse stakeholders to identify standards and ecolabels that make it easier for federal purchasers to purchase environmentally responsible products and services,” said Green Seal Senior Vice President of Outreach and Strategic Relations Mark Petruzzi, who participated in the stakeholder committee.

EPA's Recommendations give preference to multi-attribute (i.e., life-cycle based) standards and ecolabels. The Recommendations are intended to help federal purchasers identify and procure environmentally sustainable products and services. More specifics on the recommendations can be found by going to II/Construction category and Interior Latex Paints.


Green Seal®, a nonprofit organization founded in 1989, is the nation's premier ecolabel, symbolizing transparency, integrity, and environmental leadership. Its flagship program develops lifecyclebased environmental standards and certifies products and services that meet these standards. Green Seal standards cover 450 categories – from janitorial supplies, paints, and windows to restaurants and hotels – and are specified by 23 states and countless institutions. Green Seal’s sciencebased programs help manufacturers, purchasers, and consumers to make choices and improvements that are beneficial to human health, the environment, and the marketplace.  Visit or connect with Green Seal on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.