Among the product-labeling programs is the United States Environmental Protection Agency‘s (EPA) Design for the Environment program which labels products that meet EPA’s criteria for chemicals. These products are allowed to carry the Design for the Environment (DfE) label.
The good news is that environmental groups, state legislators, the EPA, and the cleaning products industry are all working together to improve the products that you use every day. Although Green Cleaning has only been fashionable for the last decade or so, we have been working on developing more environmentally-sound cleaning products for more than 50 years.
The cleaning products industry has understood the importance of biodegradable cleaning products since the 1950s. In the 1970s, the industry removed all CFCs from aerosols. In the 1990s, products became more concentrated (“ultras”) which reduced packaging. Cleaning products have been getting “greener” through innovation and continuous improvement – long before the “green” movement was even around!