Sustainable Cleaning Products
Several Colgate products have been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use the EPA's Design for the Environment logo. Products bearing the Design for the Environment logo signify that the EPA's scientific review team screened each of the product's ingredients for potential human health and environmental effects. Several Colgate products have received approval to use the logo, including Ultra Palmolive® Pots & Pans, Palmolive® Dishwashing Liquid, Palmolive® Ultra Green, Murphy® Oil Soap Liquid, Ajax® Scouring Creme, Ajax® Expert Glass and Multisurface Cleaner. More products are pending approval.
Colgate is committed to the U.S. EPA's Safer Detergent Stewardship Initiative (SDSI) and to the use of safer surfactants in our products without compromising their superior cleaning performance. Surfactants are used in cleaning products to help remove dirt from surfaces, and they biodegrade at different rates. Surfactants deemed "safer" by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency biodegrade more quickly to non-polluting compounds, helping to protect aquatic life. Colgate has a long-standing review process where the use of new surfactants in products is reviewed to ensure the environmental profile of new materials are equal to or better than the materials which are currently in use. Colgate has been recognized as a Champion, the highest level of recognition, under this program
In Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway, our full Ajax® cleaners line (all-purpose and specialist sprays) meets the environmental, health and quality standards to carry the Nordic Swan eco-label.
Murphy® Oil Soap Liquid contains 98% naturally derived ingredients.
In addition, Palmolive® Pure + Clear was introduced in 2008. It contains no unnecessary chemicals, no heavy fragrances and no phosphates. It has non-irritating dyes, biodegradable cleaning ingredients, and its bottle is made of a minimum of 25% post-consumer recycled plastic. Colgate also introduced Palmolive®eco+ automatic dishwasher detergent in 2008; it is phosphate-free and better for lakes and streams.
Partnerships with External Organizations
We joined other companies in Europe to voluntarily adhere to sustainability principles, most notably in the formulation and the manufacturing of our cleaning products. This initiative is carried out under the auspices of the AISE Charter for Sustainable Cleaning (AISE); Colgate-Palmolive is an active member of this association.
The AISE Charter for Sustainable Cleaning, is a common, voluntary approach of the home care industry, aiming to promote and demonstrate continual improvement in the industry's sustainability profile. The charter is intended to create independent standards to inform consumers that products marked with the logo represent companies that have voluntarily agreed to meet sustainability standards and to demonstrate a continuous improvement process regarding the manufacturing of their cleaning products. Before joining the Charter, companies must submit to an independent verification process to ensure they are following the charter principles. Colgate-Palmolive Europe, covering 28 countries, was successfully verified and received official membership in 2006. Additionally, all activities must be in compliance with European competition law.
Since 2007, Colgate has participated in the US-based Consumer Specialty Products Association's Product Care program. Product Care is a stewardship program in which companies voluntarily develop management principles for each of seven areas in a product's life cycle from development in a research facility through product use and disposal.
While Colgate's commitment to continuous improvement in these areas began long before our partnership with Product Care, this partnership demonstrates our continued commitment to providing safe products with important health benefits while not adversely affecting the environment.
Product Care's focus areas include the following:
- Product design
- Raw material purchasing and packaging
- Safe manufacturing facilities
- Promoting safe storage and distribution
- Providing useful product information
- Answering consumer questions
In 2004, the US-based Soap and Detergent Association (SDA), developed a set of Principles for Sustainable Development, which symbolize the industry's contributions to a better world through health, hygiene and wellness. Colgate is an active member of the SDA, and a link to our sustainability report is included on the SDA's website, Sustainability Central.
Colgate is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. The organization seeks to develop standards in conjunction with the government and owners to ensure palm oil is grown and harvested in a sustainable manner, thereby ensuring no harm to the environment, fairness to plantation employees and an ongoing supply of certifiable, sustainable palm oil.