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.


Institutional Products

GS-01 Sanitary Paper Products

This Standard is Currently Being Revised.
Visit the GS-1 Revision Landing Page to review all proposed changes to this standard.

The Green Seal Standard for Sanitary Paper Products, GS-1, establishes environmental, health, and social requirements for sanitary paper products for institutional and retail markets, including:

  • bathroom tissue
  • facial tissue
  • paper towels
  • napkins
  • and placemats.
The standard addresses the primary life cycle issues from product performance, raw materials, manufacturing, packaging and use.

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.