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Coastwide Laboratories Introduces “Sustainable Earth®” Line of Commercial Green-Cleaning Products
Coastwide Laboratories, headquartered in Wilsonville, OR, announced the introduction of a line of green cleaning products for commercial, industrial, and institutional applications. According to Roger McFadden, Vice President of Technical Services and Senior Chemist for Coastwide, The Sustainable Earth® product line is the first line in the United States to have third party certification of its health, safety, and environmental claims.
“Currently there are no universally-accepted or consensus-based green cleaning standards,” Mc Fadden said “and this has caused concern among end users, government regulatory agencies, and manufacturers.” Mc Fadden, a member of Oregon Governor John Kitzhauber’s 2000-01 Community Sustainable Council and chair of the Cleaning and Coatings Workgroup, went on to explain that Coastwide’s Sustainable Earth® product line employed a “green cleaning scorecard” that used three sets of criteria, including the Indiana Relative Chemical Hazard Score (IRCHS).
“By using the IRCHS we can get a very precise numerical score for the health and environmental hazards a cleaning product presents,” McFadden explained. After a cleaner passes two sets of stringent tests to exclude all products that do not meet the current green cleaning recommendations of the states of Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, and Minnesota as well as the EPA, and a threshold health and safety rating, the product is assigned a medal value of bronze, silver, or gold based on its IRCH Score.
“A gold medal is really tough to achieve,” Mc Fadden explained, “because we insist that Sustainable Earth® products clean as well or better than their commercially-available counterparts. Coastwide’s goal eventually is to move as many products as technology permits into the gold-medal category.”
Coastwide’s Sustainable Earth® line initially will consist of six commercial cleaning products, including a general purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, washroom tub and tile cleaner, toilet and urinal cleaner, odor eliminator, and a carpet cleaner. An additional 12 products will be added by the end of the year.
“We went to a recognized independent testing laboratory to certify our health and environmental claims,” McFadden explained. “I am very pleased to report that on the aquatic toxicity tests, we exceeded current green cleaning requirements.”