GreenBlue Provides Online Database of Green I&I Ingredients

Sep 25, 2008 | Contact Author | By: Katie Schaefer
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Title: GreenBlue Provides Online Database of Green I&I Ingredients
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GreenBlue has developed an online database of institutional and industrial (I&I) cleaning ingredients for green formulation. The database was designed to: help formulators identify ingredients that have potential environmental and human health and safety benefits, and provide opportunity for manufacturers and producers of cleaning ingredients to showcase their ingredients with potential environmental and human health and safety benefits.

CleanGredients aligns broad environmental and human health goals with the cleaning product industry's business objectives and will support formulation of products with human and environmental health benefits, whether to meet corporate internal objectives, regulations, voluntary product recognition programs, or national and international eco-labels.

At present, CleanGredients includes listings for surfactants and solvents. Modules for additional ingredient classes, including fragrances and chelating agents, are in development. Data for aquatic toxicity, biodegradability, and the ingredient formulations are reviewed by a third party (NSF International) using the DfE Screen for Surfactants, a set of criteria defined by the US EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) program that designates surfactants with especially positive environmental characteristics. NSF's reviews are carried out under confidentiality, providing verification of claims for the key ingredient attributes for surfactants without compromising proprietary formulations.

Pilot Chemical Company has achieved the listing of eight surfactant products with CleanGredients, an online database showcasing independently verified information concerning the human health and environmental attributes of surfactants used in cleaning products. NSF International provided the third-party certification and environmental screening using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment (DFE) program, which designates surfactants with especially positive environmental characteristics. For more information, visit www.cleangredients.com.