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Washington, D.C. — June 13, 2016 — Green Seal, the nation's first independent nonprofit certifier of sustainable products and services, released its 2015 Annual Report that illustrates the increased focus by business and industry on protecting human health and the environment.
From a library in Washington, D.C., to a basketball stadium in Kentucky to a luxury hotel in New York City, thousands of Green Seal-certified products and services can be found throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Companies whose total market value tops $200 billion engage in the non-profit’s certification and greening programs. Client partners range from household brand names to business-to-business-focused companies to long-established private family businesses that care about the environment and human health. The brands include Office Depot, Staples, 3M, Andersen Windows, Rust-Oleum, Clorox, Westin, Marriott, and more.
The report illustrates an increased awareness that it makes good business sense to meet the strict environmental, health, and performance criteria required for Green Seal certification.
Examples of the significant positive impacts of Green Seal-certified products and services include:
• More than 32,000-plus Subway restaurants in North America use Green Seal-certified CHEMCO handsoaps.
• 150,000 students attend schools and universities cleaned by a Green Seal-certified housekeeping service.
• 250,000 fans frequent sport stadiums that use Green Seal-certified cleaning products.
• Savor…Chicago restaurants at McCormick Place Convention Center offer a Green Seal-certified food service to 3 million visitors annually.
• Guests enjoyed more than 8 million "green" hotel nights in Green Seal-certified hotels nationwide.
• 836,000 Washington state residents enjoy 19 Sno-Isle Libraries cleaned by a Green Seal-certified cleaning service.
• 1.4 million cases of EnviroCopy Green Seal-certified paper are sold by Office Depot annually.
“This report shows that Green Seal’s leadership standards and the products and services we certify touch people’s lives in many ways,” said Dr. Arthur Weissman, president and CEO, Green Seal. “The report also showcases the cost savings, consumer satisfaction, and employee engagement our clients have achieved through Green Seal certification along with a multitude of environmental benefits.“
"We produced this report to highlight the tremendous efforts made by leading companies to offer products and services that are environmentally preferable," said Dr. Joanne Fox-Przeworski, chair of the board. “With the confusing proliferation of ecolabels on the market today, it’s important to showcase the value of a credible, independent, third-party certification that adheres to the highest standards of integrity.”
The report can be read here or on the Green Seal website.