Progressive Solutions Corporation is happy to announce that after undergoing the OECD 301 D testing for biodegradability performed by Stevens Ecology of Mosier Oregon, KLEEN KOTE is now certified as biodegradable! KLEEN KOTE Passes Biodegradability Testing with extreme satisfaction.
So, what does that mean and why should it matter to you? Chemicals. Worldwide organizations such as the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) have formed to provide a forum in which governments can work together. For what? The things that include the safety of chemicals. Other U.S.-based organizations such as the EPA, FTC, and ASTM also work to regulate the safety of chemicals. What’s more, they have actually sued companies for false claims with no substantial proof of their “biodegradability”. Our Progressive Solutions’ Product Development team wanted to understand just what it means to have a product that is deemed “biodegradable” and here is what we found:
So What Does Biodegradability Really Mean?
While there are no specific standards or “official” organization to currently verify claims,
- The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) defines the term biodegradability as, “a degradation caused by biological activity, especially by enzymatic action, leading to a significant change in the chemical structure of the material.”
- Also, according to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), only products that contain materials that “break down and decompose into elements found in nature within a reasonably short amount of time when they are exposed to air, moisture, and bacteria or other organisms” should be marketed as “biodegradable.”
- What’s more, the European Union deems a product as “biodegradable” if it breaks down into mostly water, carbon dioxide and organic matter within a 6-month continual period. Basically, chemicals that claim to be biodegradable must undergo AND pass stringent testing conditions. A mixed population of microorganisms, the chemical is taken from soil or wastewater treatment plants. Then, it is distilled or purified water in a sealed bottle. In a nutshell, if the product breaks down into the natural matter and does not harm the organisms in the environment. It is biodegradable.
Why It Should Matter to You.
Today, a large number of chemicals greatly affect the environment. Because of the growing environmental concerns including land and water, we will see organizations and groups standing up and seeking proof that chemicals are in fact biodegradable. What’s even more, countries are working together to ensure that chemicals from one country to another meet the same standards. OECD council’s MAD (Mutual Acceptance of Data) was adopted and put in place so that chemicals passing testing such as the EOCD 301 D in one country will be deemed biodegradable in all countries participating in the OECD. 34 Country members, 70+ co-operative relations, 10 Global Forums. With global standards on the rise, your company should know the chemicals it uses. They should also know what effect it has on your employees and the environment.
KLEEN KOTE Passes EOCD 301 D Biodegradability Test
After undergoing tests conducted by Stevens Oncology, KLEEN KOTE has passed and is now certified as BIODEGRADABLE. This means that it does not harm the environment—land or sea, or the micro-organisms in the environment. Furthermore, KLEEN KOTE is BIODEGRADABLE in over 34 countries globally. Accepted by 70+ co-operative OECD relations around the world. Progressive Solutions’ KLEEN KOTE is safe and effective, wherever you are. Learn more about Progressive Solutions Corporation and our uses for KLEEN KOTE. Uses including how our ready-to-use product line is a simple solution to your project needs.
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