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 What is Eco-Friendly?

Our manufacturer-partners have provided information regarding what they consider as eco-friendly attributes of each of their products. Below is a table highlighting the major eco-friendly categories.

For additional information, please contact the product manufacturer.

Eco-Friendly Glossary

Biobased Composed in whole or in significant part of biological products or renewable domestic agricultural materials (including plant, animal and marine materials) or forestry materials.
BiodegradableMaterials that will break down and decompose into elements found in nature within a reasonably short time after customary disposal.
Complies with VOC regulations as detailed by the California Air Resource Board (CARB).
Design for the Environment (DfE) is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program that distinguishes safer chemical products. The EPA uses rigorous criteria to ensure that DfE labeled products are safer for human health and the environment.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) program develops test protocols and verifies the performance of innovative technologies that have the potential to improve protection of human health and the environment. The ETV name and/or logo does not imply approval or certification of a product, nor does it make any explicit or implied warrantees or guarantees as to performance. Information on performance characteristics can be found at www.epa.gov/etv.
This product has been certified by EcoLogo(TM), a third party auditor, as an environmentally preferred product or service.
Item reduces energy costs and uses less energy than competing products with the same function and purpose, based on information provided by the manufacturer.
ENERGY STAR®Products that earn the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Visit www.energystar.gov for more information.
FEMPItem meets Federal Requirements for the Procurement of Energy-Efficient Products (FEMP). FEMP-designated products are in the upper 25% of their class in energy efficiency.
Green Seal
The product has been certified to meet or exceed voluntary standards for environmental preferability as established by Green Seal. Green Seal Certification indicates that the product has gone through a stringent process to show that it has less impact on the environment and human health.
Complies with VOC regulations as detailed by the Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium (LADCO). LADCO members include Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio.
Meets NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) Premium® efficiency standards for electric motors. Motors with the NEMA Premium® label help purchasers optimize motor systems
efficiency and reduce electrical power consumption and costs.
Complies with compound and hazardous air pollutant emissions limits as established by National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutant (NESHAP) Regulation, 40th Code of Federal Regulation, Part 63.
Non-toxicThe “non-toxic” claim implies that a product, substance or chemical will not cause adverse health effects, either immediately or over the long-term, based on information provided by the manufacturer.
Complies with VOC regulations as detailed by the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC). OTC members include Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.
The product does not contain any ozone-depleting substances, including those substances listed as Class I or Class II chemicals in Title VI of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, Pub. L. No. 101-549, and others subsequently designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as ozone-depleting substances. The product also does not contain any volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that may cause smog by contributing to ground-level ozone formation.
The item contains materials that have been recovered or diverted from the solid waste stream, either during the manufacturing process (preconsumer) or after consumer use (post-consumer). The term “Recycled Content” may apply to the product, the product’s packaging, or both. See item detail for specifics.
RoHS stands for the restriction on the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. It is a European directive aiming to control the use of certain hazardous substances in the production of new electrical and electronic equipment. RoHS restricts the use of mercury, lead, hexavalent chromium, cadmium and a range of flame retardants notably polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers.
Meets or exceeds applicable air emissions standards established by the California South Coast Air
Quality Management District (SCAQMD).
SNAPMeets the Environmental Protection Agency’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) requirements as a suitable substitute for ozone-depleting substances.
USDA BioPreferredSMA biobased products procurement program requiring federal government agencies to give purchasing preferences to biobased products that have been designated by the program. More information can be found at www.biopreferred.gov.


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