Update: March 25, 2020 - Due to the extreme impacts to the fiber supply chain as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Green Seal will work with participating organizations to temporarily make reasonable accommodations to fiber sourcing compliance. This measure will aid in the continued market flow of hygienic paper products that have consistently met the highest sustainability standard in the market. 

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 GS-1 Standard addresses the key lifecycle hot spots including: product performance, fiber sources, restrictions on hazardous chemicals, and limits on water and energy use in manufacturing.

Latest version: Edition 6.3, Issued on July 31, 2020

Recent Changes: GS-1 underwent corrections and/or clarifications and was re-published on April 30, 2021. For details on the non-substantive changes made to this standard, please see the Standard Documents Library

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