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Environmental Claims Validation

Validating the Accuracy of Your Claims

In today's environmentally savvy market, substantiating your claims of environmental accomplishment is essential. While some environmental claims can be evaluated against local, national or international standards, others are more ambiguous. Our Environmental Claims Validation program brings clarity to these claims.

We confirm your product's basic environmental claims, providing third-party assurance on issues of particular importance to your customers. This validation shows that your claims are backed by clear evidence through testing and documentation review. Validation also provides a path forward toward more comprehensive assessment under our Green Product Certification program.


Stanley Mathuram, P.E.
Managing Director, Environmental Certification Services

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  • Compostable

    This validation applies specifically to plastics sent to municipal and industrial composting facilities. SCS validates the claim using both the US ASTM D6400 and European EN13432 standards.

  • Energy Efficiency

    SCS validates energy efficiency claims for any product in relationship to a current baseline for that product category.

  • No Added Formaldehyde

    Through a combination of document reviews and testing records, SCS validates that no formaldehyde or urea formaldehyde has been added to a product during any stage of manufacturing.

  • Rapidly Renewable

    SCS validates that a natural resource regenerates fully within a ten-year period without being genetically modified or without being produced using toxic chemicals.

  • Re-Used Material

    SCS validates that a material is collected and re-used "as is," without further reprocessing.

  • Regionally Produced Materials

    SCS validates that a product is produced from materials extracted from a specified area less than 500 miles from the site of production and distribution.

  • REACH and RoHS Compliance

    Through testing and document reviews, SCS validates that chemicals used in the manufacture of products comply with European REACH program (Registration, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals), RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances), and other recognized science-based listings and systems designed to address chemicals of concern.

  • Zero or Reduced VOC Content

    Using universally recognized methods for determining volatile organic compound content in products, SCS validates that individual VOCs are absent, or are present within a range set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), or the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). SCS can also validate total VOC (TVOC) content and semi-volatile organic compound content.

  • Zero Waste

    SCS validates diversion of wastes from landfill or incineration at the manufacturing, municipal, and business levels. SCS recognizes claims of "zero waste" when 100% of waste is eliminated, reused, recycled, or composted. "Near zero waste" claims of 98% diversion can also be validated, as can waste diversion rates.

Custom Claims

SCS will engage with your team to identify additional claims that you would like to have validated.

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