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Green Seal Certification

By FAF Staff Writer, (254 words) Posted in Green Flooring on August 22, 2009
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Green Seal, founded in 1989, is an independent body and non-profit organization that relies on scientific standards and market power to build a more sustainable world. The standards that govern Green Seal Certification are transparent, credible and indispensable in a more knowledgeable and increasingly competitive market–driven environment. One of the objectives is to help the user make responsible choices that set guidelines for business ethics and improves the quality of life.

Green Seal's initial environmental standards were released in 1991-92. Hundreds of companies have since had their products certified to meet Green Seal standards in over 40 major product categories.

Green Seal coordinates with government, manufacturers, sectors of industry and purchasing groups to "green" the production and purchasing cycle. Green Seal evaluates a product such as floor or service from the raw material extraction stage, follows it through the manufacturing process and ends with post–consumer disposal and recycling. Products, such as flooring are awarded with a certification only after meeting rigorous testing and evaluation standards.

Relating to flooring, Green Seal has established health and environmental standards for floor strippers, cleaning procedures and products. Broadly speaking, these are as follows:

  • Must be free of carcinogens or reproductive toxins
  • Must have a low level of aquatic and human toxicity
  • Must be harmless to skin or eyes
  • Must have a flash point over 150°F
  • VOC levels should be less than 7% for floor finishes, 3% for floor strippers and 1% for general floor cleaners
  • Should contain less than 0.5% phosphorous
  • Must be biodegradable
  • Should be free from zinc, phthalates or other heavy metals, APEs or alkylphenol ethoxylates, ozone–depleting compounds and optical brighteners.
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The Green Seal is really important to me. Recently my husband and I bought our first home and are remodeling it as we speak. We have decided to go with cork flooring and with bamboo floors as well. Thank you for the information about the green seal. As we shop around more and more for new flooring, walls, lighting etc. we have found the "catches" to some of the "green" or "so-called-green" products out on the market. Our bamboo floors will be sustainable with proper flooring adhesives, installation etc. We are tying to maintain a sustainable lifestyle with our home. Anyone have some more advice?

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It is indeed, a very important certification, since, it is the best way to verify that a product or service is environmental friendly. - Steven Wyer

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This is pretty awesome. I will be looking for that seal on my next purchase. - Aldo Disorbo

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