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Going Green

Background

As a manufacturer of cleaning products for both retail and I&I markets since 1991, Clean Control Corporation has made an effort to produce effective products using the safest chemicals possible that comply with environmental safety and health regulations.

As a small family-owned business, we recognized the value of working closely with our partners, providing assistance with numerous regulatory issues, including support of continuous improvement ideals associated with green cleaning initiatives.

 

Time Line

June 2004 We began our association with the Design for the Environment (DfE) Program in an effort to obtain the most up-to-date information on components used in our cleaning formulations.
   
August 2005 We formalized our commitment to the DfE Program by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). These formulations include bathroom cleaners, glass and surface cleaners, degreasers and carpet cleaners.
   
August 2006 DfE initiated third-party review of new product submissions.
   
June 2009 DfE issued Criteria for Safer Cleaning Products (CSCP) in the form of a standard.
   
October 2009 DfE initiated third-party review of partnership renewals and modifications
   
March 2010 DfE issued enhanced Standard for Safer Cleaning Products
   
April 2011 DfE issued enhanced Standard for Safer Cleaning Products
   
February 2012 Obtained Green Seal™ GS-37 certification for five formulations (including bathroom cleaner, glass cleaner, general purpose cleaner, general purpose degreaser and carpet cleaner.)
   
September 2012 DfE issued enhanced Standard for Safer Cleaning Products Revisions in green.
   
November 2014 DfE issues Interim Fragrances Criteria (IFC)
   
December 2014 Clean Control Corporation completes Walmart, U.S. EPA, and CSPA ingredient disclosure initiative through public online disclosure.
   
March 2015 U.S. EPA Safer Choice Label program initiates Three-year Partnership renewal of Partnership Agreement
   
March 2015 Obtained Green Seal™ GS-37 certification for three new formulations (including bathroom cleaner, glass cleaner, and general purpose degreaser
   
March 2015 U.S. EPA announced its new Safer Choice family of labels
   
April 2015 Clean Control Corporation initiates participation in The Sustainability Consortium® for hard surface cleaners and non-aerosol air fresheners and submits results to major retailers for use in supplier sustainability evaluation.
   
May 2015 Clean Control Corporation initiates participation in CSPA PRODUCT CARE® STEWARD program
   
  
 

About the Safer Choice Label program

EPA's Safer Choice Label program helps consumers, businesses, and institutional buyers identify cleaning and other products that perform well and are safer for human health and the environment.

About Green Seal GS-37 Cleaning Products for I&I Use

This standard is for industrial and institutional general-purpose, restroom, glass, and carpet cleaners, defined as those cleaners intended for routine cleaning of offices, institutions, warehouses, and industrial facilities.

About Clean Control Corporation and Third Party Certification

Since incorporation in 1991, Clean Control Corporation has made an effort to produce effective products using the safest chemicals possible. Environmental preferability has been a cornerstone from the foundation of Clean Control Corporation.

One aspect of Clean Control Corporations efforts in the area of sustainability has been our work with third party certifiers. While "green" branding or "eco" labeling is an important aspect of our marketing efforts, it is only one aspect of our work with the DfE Program third party certification programs.

This sustainability process involves a combination of many complex problems including the availability of safer chemicals, understanding of what constitutes a safer chemical, the costs of changing formulations, and uncertainties in the marketplace.

Many States include Green Seal and Safer Choice Label (formally Design for the Environment) as approved ecolabellers for meeting the requirements of Green Cleaning in Schools legislation.

Use of approved third party certification programs makes it easier, faster and more cost effective to determine if the products have safer human and environmental toxicological profiles.

 

When you see the Green Seal logo on a product, what does it mean?

This product meets Green Seal™ Standard GS-37 based on effective performance, concentrated volume, minimized/recycled packaging and protective limits on: VOCs and human & environmental toxicity. GreenSeal.org.

When you see the Safer Choice Label on a product, what does it mean?

Safer Choice

When you see the Safer Choice Label on a product it means that the EPA scientific review team has screened each ingredient for potential human health and environmental effects and that-based on currently available information, EPA predictive models, and expert judgment-the product contains only those ingredients that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class.

 

What We Believe 

We at Clean Control Corporation applaud the efforts of our partners to protect children and employee health. We believe that third party certification programs for product formulations should be based the most credible scientific guidance available and under guidelines for procurement of environmentally sensitive cleaning & maintenance products.

 

SDSI Champion Award

Background

Since 1991, Clean Control Corporation has made an effort to produce effective products using the safest chemicals possible while complying with environmental, safety and health regulations.

 

Time Line

In 1996 Clean Control Corporation initiated a research project designed to eliminate the use of alkylphenol ethoxylate (APE) in formulations. By 1998, APE had been substituted in a significant portion of our formulations. However, technical and legal hurdles had to be overcome before the process could be completed. One challenge was FIFRA approval of alternate formulations for disinfectant and sanitizer formulations. Another challenge was bulk handling characteristics of alternative surfactants.
   
June 2004 Clean Control Corporation began an association with the Design for the Environment (DfE) Program in an effort to obtain the most up-to-date information on components used in our cleaning formulations.
   
December 2005 Clean Control Corporation completed a 10 year continuous improvement strategy plan to eliminate the use of alkylphenol ethoxylate in 100% of all formulations, replaced by surfactant meeting DfE criterion.
   
December 2005 The USEPA issued Ambient Aquatic Life Water Quality Criteria – Nonylphenol (EPA-822-R-05-005). This document was a guideline for Agency decisions made by applying the Clean Water Act and EPA regulations on the basis of specific facts presented and scientific information then available.
   
June 12, 2006 Clean Control Corporation submitted comments at EPA hosted public stakeholder meeting to provide input on SDSI. A summary of the meeting is available online at www.regulations.gov, document number: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2006-0343-0002.
   
October 2006 Walmart announced it would work with suppliers and developed a timeline to replace nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE), an ingredient in some cleaning products, with less harmful alternatives.
   
March 24, 2008 A 12 year effort to eliminate the use of alkyl phenol ethoxylate cumulated with Clean Control Corporation submitting an application for Champion Status under EPA SDSI recognition program. There are two categories for recognition under SDSI: Champion and Partner. Champion Status is the highest level of recognition offered under SDSI. Through SDSI, the EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) Program recognizes environmental leaders who voluntarily commit to the use of safer surfactants that breakdown quickly to non-polluting compounds and help protect aquatic life.
   
November 2008 Clean Control Corporation was recognized as a Champion Partner—the highest level of recognition offered under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI). Pictured Left to Right: Charles Auer, Director of the EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT); Stephen Davison, President/CEO, Clean Control Corporation; Cory Hammock, Vice President of Research & Development, Clean Control Corporation; Jim Gulliford, Assistant Administrator of the EPA Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances (OPPTS).
   
   
June 17, 2009 The USEPA issued and advance notice of proposed rulemaking for Testing of Certain Nonylphenol and Nonylphenol Ethoxylate Substances (Federal Register/Vol. 74, No. 115, p. 28654) for aquatic and sediment toxicity testing under TSCA section 4 for nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE) and also requesting comment on gathering data under TSCA and through other means to facilitate the evaluation of industrial laundry worker exposure to NPEs.
   
January 2011 Maine designates the chemical class nonylphenol and nonylphenol ethoxylates as a priority chemical and requires manufacturers of household and commercial cleaning products, personal care products and home maintenance products that contain intentionally-added nonylphenol or nonylphenol ethoxylates to report on the use of the chemicals in those products and likelihood that children may be exposed from those uses. Copies of the rule at http://www.maine.gov/dep/safechem/rules.html.
   
March 2012 California prohibits any consumer product listed in Table 94509(m)(3) from containing an alkylphenol ethoxylate surfactant compound. (See http://www.arb.ca.gov/consprod/regs/fro%20consumer%20products%20regulation.pdf
   
April 2012 A New Jersey appellate court affirms state agency's denial of bids on contracts to supply laundry chemicals, holding the products contained prohibited ingredients. The case involved a company whose bid was rejected because its proposal would have supplied products containing alkylphenol ethoxylates, which the state would not accept.
   
January 2013 Clean Control Corporation joins CSPA, the premier trade association representing the interests of companies engaged in the manufacture, formulation, distribution and sale of familiar consumer products that help household and institutional customers create cleaner and healthier environments.
   
November 2013 Biomonitoring California releases the recommendation of the Scientific Guidance Panel (SGP), adding two classes of aroma chemicals: synthetic polycyclic musks and tetramethyl acetyloctahydronaphthalenes. See updated list of designated chemicals
   
December 2014 Clean Control Corporation completes Walmart, U.S. EPA, and CSPA ingredient disclosure initiative through public online disclosure.
   
   
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