To achieve Green Seal GS-50 certification, companies need to satisfy performance, health and environmental, social responsibility, packaging and labeling requirements, as well as provide definitions for common claims. (The full GS-50 standard is available for free viewing and downloading at www.greenseal.org.)
To meet packaging requirements, the primary and secondary packaging must reduce the use of new packaging material by being either source reduced, recyclable and contain 25% post-consumer content, contain 50% post-consumer content, or be accepted through a take-back program. Heavy metals, phthalates, bisphenol A and chlorinated packaging and applicators are prohibited to qualify for the Green Seal standard.
In addition, packaging must include instructions for proper use to maximize product performance and minimize waste, and the label must include proper disposal instructions, including clear package recycling instructions.