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UL gives wipers a new edge in sustainability

January 8, 2015

New environmental standard for wipers (UL 2883) released by UL Environment

MARIETTA, Ga., Jan. 8, 2015 —UL Environment, a business division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), today launched a new standard, UL 2883, that establishes human health and environmental criteria for the certification of disposable wipers designed for a range of household and other applications (excluding personal care wipers).

ECOLOGO® certification to UL 2883 will help end-users and professional purchasers identify sustainable wipers that reduce their impact on the environment and human health, and will allow manufacturers to differentiate themselves in a marketplace in which certifications are more and more impactful to purchase behavior and brand perception.

“The launch of the first-ever UL Standard for Disposable Wipers enhances our portfolio of standards for the janitorial / sanitation sector and allows us to offer more complete solutions to manufacturers,” said Lisa Meier, vice president and general manager at UL Environment. “This standard includes key criteria relating to environmental leadership in the manufacturing and end of life impacts of Disposable Wipers, including energy use, water pollution and resource use.”

The standard includes:

All disposable wipers, both woven and non-woven, made from either natural or synthetic materials and fibers, designed and used primarily for cleaning, dusting or sanitizing surfaces or tools; or for targeted absorbency tasks, including those used for industrial, institutional and health service, food service, household cleansing and technical applications (automotive, for example).

The standard excludes:

•  Reusable wipers and disposable wipers used for personal or skin care (baby wipes, facial cleansing wipes or wipes designed primarily to deliver a personal care or health product).

• Wipers designed for use in the care of animals or pets (pet dental wipes, pet eye wipes).

• Wipers made from 100 percent wood pulp, as these are covered under the UL 175 Sanitary Paper Standard.