GS-
60

Plastic Trash Bags and Can Liners

WHAT GREEN SEAL CERTIFIES

Green Seal’s GS-60 leadership standard means a trash bag or can liner minimizes plastic pollution and carbon emission while maintaining top product performance. It covers plastic trash bags and can liners for industrial and institutional use as well as those for household use. Download the full GS-60 standard.

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standard revisions

Latest version: Edition 1.0, Issued on April 6, 2023

Recent Changes: GS-60 underwent corrections and/or clarifications and was re-published on January 26, 2024. For details on the non-substantive changes made to this standard, please see the Standard Documents Library.

The technical background, public feedback, and Green Seal’s Response to Comments can be seen in the Standard Documents Library.

Green Seal has issued a recent exemption on the colorants titanium dioxide and carbon black. The final criteria and technical justification can be seen here.

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CRITERIA THAT HELP PRESERVE THE CLIMATE
Plastic Efficiency Bags must show they use the least amount of virgin plastic for their gallon size; results in an average 37% reduction in plastic use compared to market average
Energy Use Reporting Manufacturers must disclose the energy used in manufacturing a product
RESTRICTIONS TO PREVENT ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS
Carcinogens Cannot be intentionally added at any level
Mutagens Cannot be intentionally added at any level
Reproductive Toxins Cannot be intentionally added at any level
Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Cannot be intentionally added at any level
Toxic Release Inventory Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic Chemicals Cannot be intentionally added at any level
Fragrances Cannot be intentionally added at any level
Biocides and antimicrobials Cannot be intentionally added at any level
Colorants Cannot contain intentionally added heavy metals
Bisphenol A Must not be intentionally introduced to primary packaging
Phthalates Cannot be intentionally added at any level to product and packaging
Chlorinated Materials Cannot be intentionally added at any level to product and packaging
Hexavalent Chromium Cannot be intentionally added at any level to product and packaging
Lead Cannot be intentionally added at any level to product and packaging
Mercury Cannot be intentionally added at any level to product and packaging
Cadmium Cannot be intentionally added at any level to product and packaging
CRITERIA THAT HELP ENSURE CLEAN WATER
Many of the standard criteria for human health, minimizing waste, and preserving the climate also help ensure clean water:

  • Recycled plastic uses less water than virgin plastic production
  • Chemical prohibitions reduce risk of hazardous leaching from plastic in landfills to water sources
  • Source-reduction reduces plastic entering marine environments
packaging and end-of-life management requirements
Recycled Content Products thicker than 0.7 mil must contain 10% post-consumer material
Certified Post-Consumer Material Products must demonstrate their post-consumer material is certified as such, and substantiate the amount they have in their product
Plastic Packaging Must be either source-reduced, recyclable, contain at least 25% post-consumer material or be a refillable packaging with an effective take-back program
Non-plastic Packaging Must be recyclable and contain at least 30% post-consumer material
Recycling Labelling Plastic packages must be marked with the appropriate Resin Identification Code

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All Green Seal-certified products must meet industry best practices for Quality and Safety.

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