Environmentally friendly or ‘green’ products are of particular interest to many customers today. We have responded to this need by producing our ‘Green range’ of products.
Environmentally Safe & Sustainable
All of our Green products are biodegradable. They have been formulated using only surfactants which are aerobically biodegradable under the ‘European Union database for detergent Ingredients’ or meet OECD surfactant biodegradability test requirements.
Our technical team have a huge range of sustainably sourced raw materials from which to formulate environmentally responsible products. We can produce Environmental Choice Licensed products for you using surfactants derived from coconut oil, glucose (Corn Syrup) and other sustainably sourced natural materials.
An ability with formulations, to create more concentrated formula without unnecessarily increasing the hazardous nature of products, provides packaging and freighting efficiencies. We pride ourselves in having some of the best Ultra Concentration technology in the market today.
Many cleaning products ultimately end up in waste water systems. Our Green products have been designed to have low aquatic toxicity levels and are not ecotoxic to aquatic life under the HSNO Act as per sub-classes 9.1A and 9.1B.
Phosphates are harmful to slow moving waterways as they can promote algal growth. In New Zealand, most phosphates entering waterways come from agricultural run-off. However, our Green products have been formulated to contain no more than 0.5% (by weight) of elemental phosphorous.
In order to make them environmentally safer, the following products are not used in our Green products : Chelating agents such as EDTA or NTA, reactive chlorine compounds such as Sodium Hypochlorite, organic carriers of chlorine such as Triclosan, chlorinated solvents, optical brighteners, alklphenol ethoxylates, quaternary ammonium salts.
Preservatives / Biocides are included in formulations only to extend the products’ shelf life – not for any antimicrobial cleaning benefit.
Dyes are important to differentiate products for end user health and safety. Only colourings that have been approved as a food additives, or comply with HSNO Cosmetic group standard are used in our Green products.
Any fragrance used in a Green product is used in accordance with the International Fragrance Association “code of practice”
Often one of the greatest factors impacting the environment, all the packaging used for our Green products can be reused or recycled. Labels are designed so they can be easily removed for recycling.
Our Green products have been formulated to have a low hazard profile for end users, and conform to the following HSNO sub-classes. They are not classified as toxic as per sub-classes: 6.1A or B, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7,6.8, 6.9A. Take a look at our glossary of hazards
The products are not classed as corrosive under HSNO regulations Sub-classes: 8.1A, 8.2B, 8.2C; nor are they flammable under HSNO regulations Sub-classes :3.1A,3.1B,3.1C. The products are not oxidisers under HSNO regulations Class 5. Take a look at our glossary of hazards
A Drive For Non-DG
While in some sectors the requirement for a DG good is necessary, a major effort is to produce Non-DG products to replace traditional Dangerous Goods. Recent examples of this would be Automatic Commercial Dishwash liquid and Powder. Non-DG products offer safety benefits to the end user, and also offer freighting efficiencies.
Indoor Air Quality
Materials used in some cleaning products are often volatile and can lower the air quality of indoor areas. When diluted correctly the products shall not contain substances that contribute significantly to the poor indoor-air quality. VOC emissions will comply with formulation standards specified by the USA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
It is important to realise that “being green” is not just about buying “green products”. Green cleaning is a whole process that not only incorporates ‘Green Chemical Products” but also a change to cleaning processes that look at reducing waste and energy consumption and reduce workers’ exposure to chemicals. It also includes selecting equipment that has environmental benefits. To be truly environmentally friendly – you need to integrate the use of “green products”, with “green equipment” using “green cleaning procedures”.
We have worked with several customers in recent times to conduct a “green audit” and help them to integrate all of these parts to deliver a more environmentally friendly solution. If you would like us to do the same for you, please just ask.