Iowa Code § 8A.318 requires Iowa schools to use green cleaning products. By doing so, schools reduce exposure to toxic chemicals by students and staff as well as protecting ground water systems.

What is 'green cleaning'

Green cleaning is designed to reduce indoor air pollution by using less-toxic cleaning chemicals and equipment that is more effective at capturing particulate matter. Green cleaning products can be as effective as traditional cleaning products and can be competitively priced to be essentially cost-neutral when compared to their traditional counterparts.

Green Certified products are available from many suppliers. Iowa Prison Industries (IPI) sells TerraGreen Products, certified by Green Seal, which are mixed at the women's correctional facility in Mitchellville. Green cleaning products can be found in the DAS Master Agreements

Green Cleaning Resources

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment (DfE) Formulator Initiative works with cleaning product manufacturers interested in improving the environmental performance of their products. The DfE program reviews ingredients and recommends safer alternatives. The DfE does not recommend or endorse products, but companies that reformulate their products based on its recommendations are eligible to use the DfE logo on their product. The logo indicates that the DfE review team has screened each ingredient in the product for potential human health and environmental effects and that, based on currently available information, predictive models, and expert judgment, the product contains only those ingredients that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class.

Green Seal is a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit, independent standard-setting organization certifying a range of products and services, including general purpose cleaners, bathroom cleaners, glass cleaners, carpet cleaners and more.

The Carpet and Rug Institute offers right cleaning solutions that can help keep your facility's carpet looking its best between professional deep cleanings. To identify superior performing cleaning products, CRI has developed the Seal of Approval program. Further, Seal of Approval Green products have demonstrated their compliance with EPA's Design for the Environment, Ecologo, or Envirodesic.

Related Links

Iowa DNR Waste Management - household hazardous materials program

Green Clean Schools - healthy schools national campaign

Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) - integrated pest management in schools

Green Cleaning at Home - benefits of green cleaning at home

Safer Choice - through the EPA helps consumers, businesses, and purchasers find products that perform and contain ingredients that are safer for human health and the environment