A few months ago, we discussed the process of obtaining UL/EcoLogo certification for our compostable vacuum cleaner filter bags. If you thought the year and a half process of filter media research and product testing was the biggest challenge, you’re wrong—the UL certification was. We’re thrilled to (finally) announce that we’ve just received the industry’s first UL certified compostable vacuum cleaner bag that meets Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Green Guidelines.
Compostable vacuum bags will be sold under the Janitized brand, a premium line of high filtration replacement vacuum bags, and other types of filters that meet or exceed OEM specifications. Janitized is at the forefront of the JAN/SAN commercial cleaning industry and we pay close attention to industry trends and what end users want and are looking for. Over the last 8 years the demand for “green” products has grown significantly. The conceptualization process for a biodegradable vacuum cleaner bag began in 2010, and from there we moved into product development, pilot-runs of raw materials, product manufacturing, product testing and onward toward the certification process.
A standard household vacuum cleaner picks up relatively smaller amounts of dust from hardwood floors including carpet fiber and debris however commercial vacuums pick up so much more. Office and government buildings, schools and trade show halls, for example, have significantly more surface area to clean and contain all types of dust, dirt, sand, pollens, paper, staples and types of debris. Therefore, our commercial grade vacuum bags have to be designed to withstand more abuse yet still provide sustainability. Our compostable vacuum bags are designed with four (4) individual layers or ply’s of filter media to meet an Environmental Claim Validation to meet Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Green Guidelines.
We have received a very favorable response from distributors, dealers and end users and expect to expand our current compostable product offering later in 2014.