Green Seal announced that PortionPac Chemical Corporation’s Pot & Pan Detergent and NeutraPac Floor Neutralizer have achieved certification as the first Green Seal-certified specialty cleaning products on the market.
Meeting the GS-53 standard (Specialty Cleaning Products for Industrial and Institutional Use) means that these products meet strict environmental criteria and perform as well or better than others in their class.
“We applaud PortionPac for developing new products that meet the stringent requirements of the GS-53 standard,” said Arthur Weissman, Ph.D., President  and CEO of Green Seal. “PortionPac’s continued leadership in sustainability is an inspiration for the entire industry.”
Green Seal maintains the most rigorous voluntary environmental standards in the cleaning industry. Its holistic approach to certification involves evaluating every step of a product’s creation from manufacture to disposal.
GS-53 criteria cover health and environmental impacts, functional performance, the manufacturing process, packaging materials, labeling, and training. The evaluation process includes review of data; assessment of promotional materials; and an on-site audit of manufacturing facilities. Annual monitoring is also conducted to ensure continued compliance.
“We have pursued Green Seal certification for our products because it improves the chemistry of our products as well as the environmental impact of our business,” said PortionPac president Burt Klein. “Our customers consider it the gold standard among certifications in the marketplace.”
The Green Seal certification is especially helpful for facility managers who are obtaining or maintaining LEED status.  LEED standards award a point when 30 percent of the total annual purchases of cleaning products meet sustainability requirements, such as having Green Seal certification.