Environmental claim validations lend third-party credibility to single-attribute environmental claims, giving both manufacturers and their customer’s peace of mind.

Below is a list of claims UL Environment validates, as well as the procedures by which claims are evaluated:

Environmental Claims Validations and Procedures:

Recycled Content
Validates the post-consumer, pre-consumer (post-industrial) or total recycled content of a product by means of auditing.
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By-Product Synergy
Validates supply chain localization, material optimization, waste minimization, and virgin material substitution achievements through active dialogue and working across facilities from diverse industries.
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Regional Materials
Validates the amount of raw materials or total product that is extracted, transported, and manufactured within a regional area (typically within 500 miles) by means of auditing.

Rapidly Renewable Content
Validates that a product contains material that has a harvest cycle of less than 10 years. Examples of raw materials with a short harvest cycle include bamboo, corn, and cork.

Recyclability
Evaluates a product’s recyclability through testing or auditing.
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Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Content
Tests the VOC content of products in accordance with standard test methods and SCAQMD rules. Note these test are only conducted on liquid or aqueous solutions, such as paints, adhesives, sealants, coatings and other similar products.

Reclamation Program/Facility
Validates claims associated with reclamation programs or centers that a manufacturer might have to reclaim used products/materials by means of auditing.

Mold Resistance
Tests certain products/materials for resistance to microbial growth in accordance with standard test methods such as ASTM D3273, ASTM C1338 and ASTM G-21.
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Landfill Waste Diversion
Validates a company’s waste diversion claims to a variety of levels through auditing.
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PVC Free
Validates that plastic products do not contain detectable levels of polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
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Energy Saving Power Strips
Evaluates the energy savings of a power strip through testing.
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Bio-based Content
Validates that a product contains bio-based content through testing. Examples of bio-based content include polylactic acid (PLA), crop residues and wood residues, among others.

Formaldehyde Free
UL Environment validates claims that a product does not contain formaldehyde (or formaldehyde precursors) using a combination of auditing raw material inputs and testing chemical emissions from the product. Qualifying products must also maintain UL GREENGUARD Gold certification to ensure no other harmful chemicals are emitted into indoor air.

Innovative Claims
UL Environment sometimes provides validation of environmental claims that are new to market or do not have an existing UL protocol. Please contact 888.485.4733 for questions about claims not found on this page.