At ZoonoUSA, we know that technologies that eliminate germs, mold and odors do not have to be harmful to people or the planet. We also know that there is a lot of confusion regarding what it means to be “green”.
To begin with, the EPA does not allow any EPA registered product that kills germs to be called “Green”. So, if you are OK with a product that has not been registered with the EPA and are willing to accept other certifications, that is fine but it does muddy the waters. In fact, According to the FTC, “Green”, “Environmentally safe”, “Eco friendly” and other claims like these may sound great, but they are too vague to be meaningful. The fact is, all products have some environmental impact.” https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0226-shopping-green
Bottom line: if a product makes sanitizing or disinfecting claims and makes specific reference to microorganisms it kills, it is required to have an EPA registration…..even if its active germ killing ingredient is Thyme oil or some other “natural” ingredient because the EPA is concerned with both the ingredients AND the claims that are being made about each product.
Additionally, government regulations require only limited labeling of cleaning products. Only the active ingredient chemicals in sanitizers, disinfectants, and fungicides that kill bacteria, viruses, or mold have to be listed on the product label. Manufacturers are not required to list all of the ingredients on cleaning product labels. Words such as “natural,” “non-toxic,” and “green” that appear on cleaning product labels are poorly regulated by the government. While the Federal Trade Commission has guidelines for manufacturers who use these terms, they are rarely enforced. Researchers have found that cleaning products labeled with these terms often have as many hazardous chemicals as conventional cleaning products. These gaps in information on cleaning product labels make it difficult for the consumer to make wise choices when purchasing cleaning products.
Many cleaners, sanitizers, disinfectants, and fragrances, even those marketed as “green”, can pollute the air, water, and soil.
The U.S. EPA regulates sanitizers and disinfectants as pesticides. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates sanitizers used on food contact surfaces. Sanitizing and disinfecting require the use of • EPA-registered chemical sanitizers and disinfectants; • disinfecting/sanitizing water-based devices (for example, those that use steam). A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest. We think of pesticides when we think of getting rid of ants or cockroaches, but germs are also pests and the products used to kill them are called pesticides.
Also, complicating the conversation are claims like “all natural”. Technically plutonium is an, “all natural” substance but you would never actually consider using it around your home. Turpentine is a natural product, but it is poisonous and can irritate the skin and the respiratory tract of people who use it. Many products contain natural ingredients that are dangerous or even known carcinogens.
A better way to frame the question might be: What is the product’s effect on the environment and on people?
Zoono products do not bio-accumulate, are EPA and FDA listed, are rated very safe and effective and ultimately biodegrade into very benign byproducts. Zoono reduces its environmental footprint further by shipping concentrate whenever possible and by using biodegradable shipping containers. We are an environmentally conscious company that never adds unnecessary colorants, perfumes or preservatives and our ability to bond a non-migrating antimicrobial product to a surface provides the greatest reduction in wasted product, biological impact and environmental consequence.
Our corporate mission has grown out of an abiding sense of environmental stewardship and responsibility:
- To provide a system that functions without the use of dangerous toxins or heavy metals.
- To not contributing to the problem of antimicrobial resistance. i.e. where germs can build up a tolerance to sanitizers and disinfectants creating adaptive strains or “super bugs”.
- To use bonding technology that doesn’t migrate, leach, volatilize or off-gas.
- To utilize biodegradable materials that can safely return to the earth.
Zoono offers the most environmentally superior antimicrobial solutions on earth, designed for the protection of the planet. Environmental responsibility isn’t just a catchy slogan – it is the compass that guides us every day. Let us show you how to improve your environment the right way.
Zoono: TECHNOLOGY THAT GOES BEYOND “GREEN”.