Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) has announced the launch of its revised standard Cleaning Products (CPv3.0-2022).
GECA created the standard to define environmental and social performance criteria for the provision of cleaning services, particularly the environmental impacts resulting from activities undertaken by service providers.
Updates to the standard include:
- New substances and chemical classes added to the prohibited list
- Aerobic and anaerobic biodegradability criteria revised
- Products cannot make vague and unsubstantiated claims, e.g., ‘natural’
- All packaging must be 100 per cent recycled material or readily recyclable and compostable
- Scope extended to include machine dishwashing detergents, products used in domestic and commercial dishwashers, and fabric softeners.
Products certified under this standard can contribute toward achieving credit points for projects being certified under the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star Performance tool. The standard also contributes to meeting WELL features under the WELL Building Certification.
This standard applies to the following categories of cleaning products: general-purpose cleaners, sanitary cleaners, laundry cleaning agents, hand dishwashing detergents, machine dishwashing detergents, and fabric softeners or multi-component detergents.
Each of GECA’s lifecycle ecolabel standards also support action on specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations. The core SGDs related to its Cleaning Products standard are: Good Health and Wellbeing (3), Clean Water and Sanitation (6), Decent Work and Economic Growth (8), and Responsible Consumption (12).
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