According to the ISSA, the recently issued New Jersey Request for Proposal for Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Products defines as “green” those chemical based cleaning products that are recognized by the U.S. EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) Formulator Program, in addition to products certified by Green Seal and Environmental Choice.

As such, New Jersey is the first state to issue a green cleaning product procurement policy that formally recognizes as environmentally preferable those cleaning products that are in turn recognized under the DfE Formulator Program. ISSA was instrumental in convincing New Jersey officials to adopt such a broad, multi-faceted definition of environmentally preferable cleaners that recognizes products certified not only by Green Seal and Environmental Choice, but which are also conferred recognition by DfE.

According to ISSA, a public procurement policy that recognizes these multiple approaches to defining green products will ultimately ensure that New Jersey state agencies have available a robust supply of efficacious and environmentally preferable cleaning products at a competitive price.

Under the New Jersey RFP, if a cleaning product is not certified by Green Seal, or Environmental Choice, or is not recognized under the DfE Formulator Program, it may still be considered environmentally preferable if the supplier submits a signed affidavit from a certified laboratory stating that the products meet or exceed the performance and health and environmental criteria set forth in the RFP.

The New Jersey RFP for Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Products is intended to implement Executive Order No. 76, which directs all state agencies to procure and use green cleaning products. In addition, the Executive Order encourages counties, municipalities and school districts in the state to implement green cleaning procurement policies by using the criteria developed in the RFP.

For more information on the NJ RFP, click here.