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.


Cleaning Products & Services

GS-48 Laundry Care Products for Household Use

GS-48 specifies performance requirements and environmental and health requirements for household laundry care products, such as concentration, reduced toxicity, biodegradability, and reduced and recyclable packaging. Companies can use GS-48 to guide their product development, and are invited to apply for Green Seal certification.

The standard covers the following products labeled for household use:

  • laundry detergent products
  • stain and spot removers
  • bleaches and fabric softeners
  • anti-static and anti-wrinkle products
  • fabric refreshers and prewash products
  • laundry starch/sizing/fabric finish 
  • combination products that may serve several of these functions
A subset of these product categories includes biobased products, and those containing enzymes and microorganisms. A comprehensive list of the product categories included in or excluded from GS-48 can be found in Appendix 1 of the standard.