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An independent non-profit founded in 1989, Green Seal certifies thousands of products and services that meet science-based environmental standards that are credible and transparent. Green Seal utilizes a life-cycle approach to ensure tangible reductions in the whole environmental footprint. They are ANSI-accredited and meet ISO and GEN requirements. Products only earn Green Seal certification after a rigorous evaluation, including an on-site audit.
Learn more: Green Seal website
Performance requirements: Standards are periodically revised and compliance with the revised standard is required to maintain certification.
Standards in development: GS-45 Plastic Resin Film Bags Standard, GS-48 Laundry Care Products Standard, GS-49 Residential Cleaning Services Standard, GS-50 Personal Care Product Standard, GS-C1 Sustainability Standard for Product Manufacturers Standard
Ecolabel addresses these stages in the product's supply chain:Supply-chain phases Mining / Extraction → Commodity Production → Processing / Manufacturing → Transportation / Logistics → Trade / Retail → End / Consumer Use → Product Recovery / Recycling
Ecolabel addresses these environmental / social issues:
Cultural / Indigenous / Minority Rights, Human Rights, Labor Relations / Human Resource Policies, Training and Education, Worker Health Conditions, Work Safety
Biodiversity, Carbon / GHG Emissions, Chemicals, Energy - Production / Sources, Energy - Use / Efficiency, Forests, Material use, Natural resources, Recycling, Soil, Toxics, Waste, Water Quality, Water Use
Studies environmental / social impacts of ecolabel
Yes, we have done a study
Recognizes as equivalent
Standard-setting norm(s) followed
ANSI Essential Requirements, ISO 14020
Open and consensus-based
External stakeholders involved in standard-setting
Companies, Consumer Associations, Customers, Experts / Consultants, Foundations, Governmental Agencies / Representatives, Industry Associations, International NGOs, Investors, Local Communities, Local NGOs, National NGOs, Producers, Research & Academic, Suppliers, Workers’ associations, unions
Conformity with Green Seal's standard is verified by our own organization (second party) following ISO / IEC Guide 65 Product Certification
Yes, and are accredited by our organization
Frequency of ongoing audits
Scheduled (1 yr.)
Certification / registration required
Applicants are certified against the ecolabels’s criteria before using the label
Public audit / assessment reports
Corrective action reports issued
Corrective action reports contain mandatory action items
Duration of certification
Specific metrics and data
Time to achieve certification / registration
Time series data
Dispute resolution process
Ongoing audits / surveillance following certification
Ecolabel issuing organisation (second party)
Field site visit(s)
Public audit / assessment reports: Evaluation of products and services often involves confidential business information, some of which is not known even by the applicant (e.g., ingredient composition). The award of certification demonstrates that a product or service has met all of the criteria in the standard.
Duration of certification: Certification is for a 12-month period.
Time series data: Depends on the standard and product being manufactured.
Ongoing audits / surveillance following certification: If issues of noncompliance or potential noncompliance arise.
Type Non-profitAddress 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 827
Year est. 1989 Member of GEN, Other Funding sources Grants, OtherPhone +1 202 872 6400 Also manages None. Email email@example.com
Member of: ANSI-accredited standards developer, peer-reviewed for conformance with ISO 14024 via Global Ecolabelling Network GENICES program (no ISO accreditation for 14020 or 14024 yet).
Product categories this ecolabel applies to
Appliances Building products Cleaning products Cosmetics / Personal care Food Forest products / Paper Machinery & Equipment Professional, scientific and technical services Tourism
Has issued its ecolabel in
Last updated: 5 February 2014