After being vetoed by Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle, the state House of Representatives and the Senate overrode the governor’s veto and enacted The Hawaii Green Cleaning for Schools law (House Bill 1538).

The bill is effective immediately and requires all public schools to purchase and use Green Seal approved products when feasible. Products covered in the bill include restroom cleaners, carpet cleaners, general-purpose cleaners, glass cleaners, hand cleaners and hand soaps and paper towels used for cleaning. The bill does not cover floor chemicals, laundry cleaners, toilet and facial tissue products and towels for hand drying.