Green Business

Green Seal Standards

Our sustainability standards for products, services, and companies are based on life-cycle research, and are developed in an open, transparent, and stakeholder-involved process. Green Seal standards provide criteria and guidelines for manufacturers, service providers, and companies to work toward sustainability and Green Seal certification. Green Seal has 33 issued standards that cover 400 product and service categories.


Paper Products

GS-35 Food Service Packaging

GS-35 establishes environmental requirements for food-service packaging, which includes single-use containers for packaging or carry-out of products from restaurants and other retail food service establishments.

Part A of this standard is for rigid containers and includes hinged containers and two-part containers.

Part B includes single-use plates and bowls.

The standard includes product performance requirements and environmental requirements such as:
  • recycled content
  • unbleached fiber
  • compostability
  • toxics in packaging and inks
Green Seal sets leadership standards that aim to reduce, to the extent technologically and economically feasible, the environmental, health, and social impacts throughout the life-cycle of products, services, and companies. The standards may be used for conformity assessment, purchaser specifications, and public education.