Green Sealed

It says that a product or service has been tested according to science-based procedures, that it works as well or better than others in its class, and that it has been evaluated without bias or conflict of interest. The Green "Seal of Approval" has come to stand for reliability, fairness, and integrity.

Green Seal's evaluations are based on state-of-the-art science and information using internationally recognized methods and procedures. To earn the coveted Green Seal a product must meet the Green Seal environmental standard for the category as demonstrated by rigorous evaluation, testing and a plant visit.

The Seal provides a business advantage, for it identifies a product as environmentally preferable, provides third-party corroboration of environmental claims, and distinguishes a product from competitors that can't support their environmental assertions. The Green Seal may be used on packaging, in promotional material, in catalogs, and in advertising for products that have been certified to meet the applicable standard.

What We Do
Setting the standard, raising the bar

Green Seal works with manufacturers, industry sectors, purchasing groups, and governments at all levels to "green" the production and purchasing chain. We utilize a life-cycle approach, which means we evaluate a product or service beginning with material extraction, continuing with manufacturing and use, and ending with recycling and disposal. Products only become Green Seal certified after rigorous testing and evaluation, including on-site plant visits. Green Seal's specific programs include:

  • Standards and Certification — development of environmental leadership standards for specific product categories and certification of products and services that meet them
  • Greening Your Government — technical assistance to all levels of government in their purchasing, operations, and facilities management
  • Choose Green Reports — technical reports on products in a variety of categories.
  • Greening the Lodging Industry — long-term project with hotels and motels to green their operations and purchasing, including certification of specific properties
  • Policy — leadership in green procurement policy (product recommendations), international policy for ecolabeling, etc.