Shades of Green - Part 2 - Green Cleaning Products

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Fri, Dec 23, 2011 @ 12:12 PM

We’ve discussed some of the regulatory bodies in our previous post. (Part 1)

100% renewable & bio-degradable products are critical for these certifications. A listing of the necessary criteria are listed in Addendum 1 of this post.

Understanding LEED Certification

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

 The U.S. Green Building Council has implemented the LEED rating System. LEED is transforming the marketplace by providing a nationally recognized certification system to promote integrated, whole-building design practices in the building industry.

LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance provides a benchmark for building owners and operators to measure operations, improvements and maintenance.

LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations is designed to guide and distinguish high-performance commercial and institutional projects.


LEED-EB Certification is based on submitting the necessary documentation to the USGBC demonstrating that a building meets all of the prerequisites which every building must attain, plus achieving a number of more flexible credits or points, which a building can achieve based on which makes sense for that specific building.

The LEED-EB ratings are awarded according to the following scale with the higher number of points the higher the recognition.


            Certified                        32-39 points

            Silver                            40-47 points

            Gold                             48-63 points

            Platinum                       64-85 points


Green Cleaning can contribute about 40% of total points necessary for the basic certification. Landscaping, pest management and recycling are also included.

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Chemex has partnered with manufacturers who currently have their products certified including Wasau Paper which can directly support this credit with the first and only complete line of towels and tissue products certified as environmentally preferable by Green Seal, Inc.

 Please stay tuned. We'll explain & clarify the terms "green" and "biobased". What you need to know...

  Our goal at Chemex is to offer products which are superior from an environmental and health & safety perspective.

These are products that:

            Will compete with conventional products on both performance and price

            Are safer for both the user and the workplace environment

            Will clean our world without harming Nature’s balance

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Addendum 1: Required Standards: GS-37

Moderate pH, Low VOC's, Cold Water Dilutable, Readily Biodegradable, No Ozone Depleting Compounds, No Carcinogens Mutagens or Teratogens, Safe Fragrance or Color, No Phenolic Compounds, Reduced Use of Plastics, Reduced Waste, No Hazardous Waste, No Phosphates, No Petroleum Solvents, No Chlorine Bleach, No Butyl, No Heavy Metals, Non-Toxic, No Ammonia, No Ozone Depleting Compounds, No EDTA or NTA, From Renewable Sources, No Formaldehyde, No Artificial Thickeners, No SARA III Igredients

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