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SCS Certified Biodegradable

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SCS Biodegradable Certification applies to liquid products such as cleaners, degreasers, detergents, and soaps. The Biodegradable Certification is designed to verify that products degrade safely and efficiently under worst-case circumstances and prevent chemicals from entering the environment at a rate that could reach harmful concentrations before degradation can occur. To be certified biodegradable, a product must degrade within a 10-day timeframe, meeting standards set by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for “Ready Biodegradability.” In addition, the product must to be non-toxic to aquatic life and must not contribute to the growth of oxygen-depleting plant life.

Learn more: SCS Certified Biodegradable websiteExternal Site

Conformity assessment | How is compliance with this ecolabel's standard ensured?

Conformity with SCS Certified Biodegradable's standard is verified by an independent organization (third party).

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Applicants are certified against the ecolabels’s criteria before using the label

Managing organization | Who manages this ecolabel?

Name

SCS Global Services (SCS)

Member of

ISO

Type

For-profit

Also manages

SCS FloorScore®, Fair Labor Practices and Community Benefits, SCS Sustainable Choice, Certified Pesticide Residue Free, SCS Recycled Content, and SCS Indoor Advantage


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Key data

Year ecolabel est. 1993

Classification | Who, what, where

Product categories this ecolabel applies to
Cleaning products


Where this ecolabel is found
United States



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Last updated: 26 May 2016