Product Safety & Regulatory

Environmental Regulations

Many consumer products used for personal cleansing and routine household cleaning enter wastewater treatment systems during manufacture, use and disposal. Products like shampoos, body washes, hand soaps, laundry detergents, and hard surface cleaners all have the potential to impact the effectiveness of residential septic and municipal waste treatment systems. These products are often used daily and represent relatively large yearly contributions to the overall biological burden of treatment systems. Flushable hygiene articles such as toilet tissue and some wipes and feminine care products can also have negative impacts if they fail to properly disintegrate and degrade.

It is important to understand the physical, chemical and microbiological properties of these materials and whether the constituents of these products will have toxicity, bio-accumulate or otherwise reduce the effectiveness of treatment.

We confirm that products and packages are compatible with municipal or onsite wastewater treatment. We assess down-the-drain fate and the effects of raw materials and finished products for:

  • Biodegradability
  • Disintegration and settle-ability
  • Flushability