Sanitary Paper Products

Update: March 25, 2020 – Due to the extreme impacts to the fiber supply chain as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Green Seal will work with participating organizations to temporarily make reasonable accommodations to fiber sourcing compliance. This measure will aid in the continued market flow of hygienic paper products that have consistently met the highest sustainability standard in the market. 

The Green Seal Standard for Sanitary Paper Products, GS-1, establishes environmental, health, and social requirements for sanitary paper products for institutional and retail markets, including:

  • bathroom tissue
  • facial tissue
  • paper towels
  • napkins
  • and placemats.

The GS-1 Standard addresses the key lifecycle hot spots including: product performance, fiber sources, restrictions on hazardous chemicals, and limits on water and energy use in manufacturing.

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standard revisions

Latest version: Edition 6.4, Issued on August 25, 2021

Recent Changes: GS-1 underwent corrections and/or clarifications and was re-published on April 30, 2021. For details on the non-substantive changes made to this standard, please see the Standard Documents Library

Recent Revision: Green Seal updated the requirements for chlorine use during the re-pulping phase of the papermaking process. Visit Edition 6.4 in our Library to see a complete record of the standard criteria development process.

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