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Green cleaning refers to using cleaning methods and products with environmentally friendly ingredients and procedures which are designed to preserve human health and environmental quality. Green cleaning techniques and products avoid the use of products which contain toxic chemicals, some of which emit volatile organic compounds causing respiratory, dermatological and other conditions. Green cleaning can also describe the way residential and industrial cleaning products are manufactured, packaged and distributed. If the manufacturing process is environmentally friendly and the products are biodegradable, then the term “green” or “eco-friendly” may apply.
Product labeling programs
Among the product-labeling programs is the United States Environmental Protection Agency‘s (EPA) Design for the Environment program which labels products that meet EPA’s criteria for chemicals. These products are allowed to carry the Design for the Environment (DfE) label, renamed EPA Safer Choice in 2015. Generally, products which are labelled ‘low’ or ‘zero’ VOC are safer for human and animal health in the home as well as the environment. In addition, EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act addresses chemicals in the environment and makes regulatory rules to maximize human health.
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- Green Clean Institute
- Environmental impact of cleaning agents
- Design for the Environment
- United States Environmental Protection Agency