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Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services


EPA recommends the following private sector standards/ecolabels be used when purchasing fiberboard, gypsum panels, and wallboard. All federal ecolabel program(s) and statutory requirement(s) that apply to this product category are also listed below. If you are a U.S. federal government employee who would like free access to one of the private sector standards or ecolabels recommended by EPA, please email the EPP Program (

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Recommended Private Sector Standards/Ecolabels

Agencies can use:

Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard1

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SCS Indoor Advantage™ Gold1

SCS Indoor LogoAccess standard.

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UL 2818 GREENGUARD Certification Program For Chemical Emissions For Building Materials, Finishes And Furnishings1

UL 2818 Greenguard LogoAccess standard.

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To address Indoor Air Quality/VOC Emissions, EPA recommends products meet the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers, Version 1.1-2010. (This is the VOC emission testing method for California Specification 01350.) These certifications/ecolabels have been assessed by EPA and incorporate by reference CDPH v1.1-2010 (or equivalents) as either optional or required criteria. There may be other certifiers/ecolabels that can provide demonstration of conformity to these criteria.

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Federal Ecolabel Program

Agencies can use:

BioPreferred LogoBioPreferred® Program – USDA Certified Biobased

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Statutory Requirements

Products shall meet these statutory requirements:

Fp logoBioPreferred® Program – Federal Purchasing


When BioPreferred and CPG are both required, the agency shall purchase the item that meets the CPG requirements (per FAR 23.405 Procedures (c) and Farm Security and Rural Investment Act, Section 9002 (b)).

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Inclusion in the Recommendations is not an endorsement by EPA of the standards/ecolabels or of any of the products conformant to these standards/ecolabels, but rather a statement that the standard/ecolabel meets either EPA’s Guidelines or is recommended for use by another Federal agency.