10 Point Environmental Criteria for Cleaning Chemicals
January 8, 2020
We’d love it if all cleaning products were chemical free, but that’s not always possible in order to deliver the desired results. That’s why we look for cleaning chemicals that fit into the following ten point environmental charter in order to contribute towards global sustainability.
1. Highly Concentrated Products
Highly concentrated products reduce packaging requirements resulting in a lower carbon foot print. These products can be diluted into reusable bottles further lowering the volume of plastic going to landfill.
2. Recyclable Packaging
Assists in conserving the planets natural resources and reducing the volume of plastics entering landfill. All packaging is marked with the resin identification code from the Plastics Industry Association to assist in identifying and sorting during the recycling process.
3. Australian Made Products
Lowers the freight for these products and in turn lowers the carbon foot print.
Biodegradability is the capacity of a substance to be broken down by bacteria or other biological means. Chemicals that are considered to have good biodegradability have a fast rate of decay, with a much lower chance to persist in the environment. This means that chemicals that do enter the environment are rapidly broken down, and don’t linger to potentially cause ecosystem imbalance.
5. Not Classified as Harmful or Toxic by Ingestion, Inhalation or Skin Contact
Classified according to the criteria of Safe Work Australia. Using these products will not upset the natural balance of the environment to maintain its health.
6. Not classified as hazardous to the aquatic environment
Classified according to the criteria of Safe Work Australia. Using these products will not upset the natural aquatic balance of our waterways, allowing the environment to maintain its health.
7. Not Classified as Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or Toxic to the Reproductive System
Classified according to the criteria of Safe Work Australia. This results in no long-term adverse effects on our flora and fauna, therefore supporting a sustainable environment and ecosystem.
8. No Heavy Metals
Does not contain any intentionally added heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). The term heavy metal refers to any metallic chemical element that has a relatively high density and they are toxic or poisonous at low concentrations.
9. No Aerosol Products or Ozone Depleting Chemicals
In 1987 the Montreal Protocol was signed to phase out the use of ozone depleting substances. The Montreal Protocol targets 96 chemicals to be phased out by 2030 to protect the ozone layer. Products do not contain any of these 96 chemicals. As a result of the Montreal Protocol, ozone is expected to recover from the effect of ozone-depleting substances as their abundances decline in the coming decades.
10. Low Phosphorous Content
Phosphorous is a natural part of aquatic ecosystems but when the level in the water increases this causes algae to grow faster than ecosystems can handle. Significant increases in algae harm water quality, food resources and habitats, and decrease the oxygen that aquatic life need to survive. In severe cases, this increase in phosphorous can lead to algal blooms causing severely reduced or eliminated oxygen in the water, leading to the death marine life. Products have been formulated with phosphorous levels of below 1.2%, and the majority are phosphate free.
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Source: True Blue