Green Seal Prohibits PFAS in Paint, Coatings


Last week, global nonprofit organization Green Seal announced its plans to exclude “forever chemicals” from any of its certified paints and coatings, as well as various other materials.

According to the release, the standards have previously prohibited long-chain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances classified as hazards. However, recent evidence reportedly shows that short-chain PFAS have the same health and environmental effects.

As a result, Green Seal will update its standards for paints and coatings, floor care products, adhesives and degreasers to prohibit all approximately 12,000 chemicals in this class.

“Both producers and buyers know the hazards of PFAS but lack reliable ways to ensure products are free of these toxic chemicals,” said Doug Gatlin, CEO of Green Seal. “Green Seal’s standard criteria will eliminate PFAS throughout the product formula supply chain while maintaining performance requirements, so buyers can choose safer, healthier, and effective products with confidence.”

Green Seal is reportedly taking a “phased approach” to implementing PFAS prohibitions to ensure its standards effectively address manufacturing and use considerations that vary by product category, including exposure pathways, functional performance and regrettable substitutes.

The organization adds that a recent study found that half of tested paint products contain PFAS, and most acrylic and wax floor finishes contain forever chemicals. PFAS are also used to increase wettability in adhesives or to reduce flammability in cleaning and degreasing agents.

Additionally, Green Seal has partnered with material-health leader HPDC to become an approved preparer and third-party verifier of Health Product Declarations (HPDs). Whether or not a product is certified, Green Seal can prepare an HPD report for it to increase ingredient transparency and assure that the product counts toward the LEED v4.1 Material Ingredient credit.


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