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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Personal Care Products

GS-44 Soaps, Cleansers, and Shower Products

The Green Seal Standard for Soaps, Cleansers, and Shower Products, GS-44, establishes requirements for hand, hair, and body soaps and cleansers used and rinsed after use. This includes liquid and solid soap and cleansers, shampoo, conditioner, and related shower products for baby, child, adult, and professional-use.

The standard is the first standard that comprehensively addresses the health, environmental, and labeling concerns for these personal care products. For example, the standard prohibits carcinogens, such as 1,4-dioxane, and other hazardous materials commonly found in these products. In addition, this standard requires labeling of ingredient for all products and defines common claims made on these products such as natural, organic, and biobased. As a result, this standard provides a way for consumers to know that their personal care products do not contain the harmful components they are concerned about and that any claims about these products are validated. The standard can serve as a tool to help companies begin to take action to improve their products and is available for Green Seal certification.