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.

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Cleaning Products & Services

GS-42 Commercial and Institutional Cleaning Services

The Green Seal Standard for Commercial and Institutional Cleaning Services GS-42, establishes environmental requirements for cleaning service providers of commercial, public, and institutional buildings, including in-house and external cleaning services, to create a green cleaning program that protects human health and the environment.

The standard takes a systems approach with cleaning. Guidance is provided for tools and products used for cleaning (what is used for cleaning) and includes staff training and planning (how cleaning is done). The standard also includes emphasis on environmental improvements that reduce toxicity, waste, and exposure to both building occupants and custodial staff. The standard can serve as a tool to help companies begin to take action to improve their cleaning service and is available for Green Seal certification.