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Office of Sustainability

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Green Cleaning

In 2004, the university undertook a comprehensive inventory of the chemicals used on campus and evaluated their potential environmental impact. This inventory revealed that many cleaners on campus were chlorine based. In addition, there were five different general purpose cleaners and seven different glass cleaners used on campus. We realized that it was important to change to cleaning chemicals that were not only safer to the people using them, but also to those people living or working in the spaces where these chemicals are used.

Facilities & Operations - Green Cleaners

Green cleaners approved for used on Winthrop's campus are Green Seal Certified and exhibit the following characteristics per GS-37 Standard (pdf - 322 KB):

  • Biodegradable
  • Dye free
  • Ingredients added as fragrances must be identified on the MSDS sheet
  • Low or no VOCs
  • No ingredients may be carcinogenic or a reproductive toxin
  • No more than .5% total phosphorus by weight
  • Non-toxic to aquatic life
  • Non-toxic to humans – oral, inhalation, or dermal
  • Packaging must be recyclable
  • Shall not be a skin sensitizer
  • Sold in highly concentrated form only
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