certified under Environment Canada’s Environmental ChoiceM
Program Certification Criteria PRC-097 as a “Cleaning Product With
Low Potential For Environmental Illness and Endocrine Disruption”.
It is also certified under the Envirodesic™ Certification Program
for Maximum Indoor Air Quality™ and for use by environmentally
hypersensitive individuals. These are both independent validations
of ECOgent2’s environmental compatibility and suitability for use
around individuals with chemical sensitivities.
We all know that the
world has to change directions if we are going to reverse the
trend towards ecological damage and deterioration of human health.
Now there is a significant new opportunity to shift course again -
the bar has been raised on carpet cleaners. The result is
cleaner indoor air, lower health risks for building occupants and
staff, fewer liabilities, less energy use (with cold water) and
far less environmental impact for aquatic life.
Canada’s new Environmental ChoiceM Criteria
(PRC-097)"Cleaning Products with Low Potential for Environmental
Illness and Endocrine Disruption" recognizes the need to reduce
pollution from cleaning surfactants that enter our aquatic
environment. It requires that certified cleaners avoid ingredients
that are derived from or manufactured from ethylene oxide, a known
carcinogen. It also requires that there be no phosphates, NTA,
EDTA, APEO’s, bio-accumulants and other carcinogens. PRC-097 also
acknowledges in concrete terms the need to produce cleaners that
are acceptable for use by hypersensitive individuals.
The New Route: Sustainable
cleaners are still using non-ionic surfactants derived from or
manufactured with ethylene oxide. Some non-ionic surfactants can
adversely affect the reproductive systems of fish and other
aquatic wildlife. And they often do not biodegrade readily under
the anaerobic conditions found in parts of our waterways.
Fortunately, there are now new surfactants which are more
sustainable — produced from renewable resources and they
biodegrade readily without toxic effects or by-products.
ECOgent Carpet Cleaner
Cleaner is the only carpet cleaner presently meeting PRC-097
criteria. It embodies all the right principles — renewable, low
toxicity, low volatility, and readily biodegradable under both
aerobic and anaerobic conditions. It has been acclaimed even by
chemically sensitive users, and can be used in cold water.
With ECOgent Carpet Cleaner your carpets look freshly cleaned
every time you vacuum, even after months of traffic!