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'Green' Standard Launched to Certify Cosmetic Product Life Cycle

Posted: May 22, 2011
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Finally, labeling requirements for the standard mandate that: 

  • the product packaging list the product ingredients;
  • the general term fragrance may be used for fragrance components but a list of fragrance components must be easily accessible to users (i.e., through the company website or customer service);
  • the label states if fragrance has been added and must indicate any allergen components;
  • packaging includes instructions for proper use to maximize product performance and minimize waste;
  • organic claims follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program or the NSF/ANSI 305 standard;
  • natural and bio-based claims must be supported with documentation for verification and meet Green Seal’s specific definition;
  • products containing components known to enhance skin’s sensitivity to UV rays must include a statement about the increased risk of sun exposure; and
  • the label must include proper disposal instructions including clear package recycling instructions.

According to the organization, the upcoming release of the Federal Trade Commission's Green Guides for Environmental Marketing Claims will likely result in more scrutiny of claims made on products and how the claims are substantiated.

This standard joins the organization's Green Seal standard for Soaps and Shower Products (GS-44). The new standards can be downloaded and applications for certification can be made at www.greenseal.org. The evaluation process includes a review of data; the assessment of labeling, marketing and promotional materials; and an on-site audit of manufacturing facilities. Annual monitoring is also conducted for those awarded the Green Seal, to ensure continued compliance.