1. Why are Eco-Max products better?
  2. What are EcoLogo Certified Products
  3. Are Eco-Max products packaged in recyclable containers?
  4. Are Eco-Max products Hypoallergenic?
  5. What does "Readily Biodegradable" mean?
  6. What is a "Natural Product"?
  7. What is a "Sustainable Resource Ingredient"?
  8. Do we need to use products containing petroleum solvents?
  9. What is lake eutrophication?
  10. What is Ozone?
  11. What is a CAS number?
  12. What is LD50?
  13. What is LC50?
  14. What is Aquatic Toxicity?
  15. What is a corrosive substance?
  16. What is a flammable substance?
  17. What is a combustible substance?
  18. What is "Flash Point"?
  19. What is a mutagen?
  20. What is a teraogen?
  21. What is a carcinogen?
  22. What is vapour pressure?
  23. What does CEPA toxic mean?
  24. What is EPA?
  25. What is IARC?
  26. What is NTP?
  27. What is OSHA?
  28. What is NFPA?
  29. What is NIOSH?
  30. What is WHIMIS?
  31. What is an MSDS?
  32. Do you perform animal testing?

Why are Eco-Max products better?

  1. Eco-Max products are a revolutionary breakthrough in green cleaning technology, utilizing potent cleaning properties of various ingredients derived from natural, biodegradable, renewable and sustainable botanical resources.
  2. Eco-Max products do not contain the following ingredients because they are toxic and / or derived from a non sustainable resource: petroleum solvents, EDTA (Ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid), NTA (Nitrilo triacetic acid), phosphates, nitrates, silicates, sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, borax, phenol ethoxylates, alcohols, artificial fragrances, dyes (any colouring used is food grade), mineral acids or alkalis.
  3. Any odour neutralizing ingredients present in Eco-Max® products are derived from 100% pure essential oils. Odour is a common problem, and it can now be controlled naturally using Eco-Max products.
  4. Several Eco-Max cleaning products also contain an inert, non-toxic, surface protectant that revitalizes surfaces when cleaning and inhibits soil redeposition, making subsequent cleaning tasks quicker, easier and with less product.
  5. Independent laboratory testing has proven that the performance of Eco-Max cleaning products far exceeds the certification requirements of Canada’s Environmental choice program and the Green Seal program in the United States.
  6. Independent laboratory testing has proven that Eco-Max® products are non-toxic to aquatic life at levels likely to enter our waters.
  7. Enjoy enhanced Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in our buildings and homes because Eco-Max products contain zero to very low volatile organic compounds.
  8. Improve our outdoor Environment as Eco-Max products are non-toxic to the environment.
  9. Eco-Max products exceed safety standards and are safer to use. These products are not WHMIS regulated, a major benefit in the workplace.
  10. Eco-Max products are not flammable or combustible, no special fire code restrictions apply.
  11. Eco-Max products have a moderate pH and are gentle to the skin and the surfaces being cleaned.
  12. Use of Eco-Max products helps us reach our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions as per the Kyoto Protocol. By reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we will help mitigate global warming.

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What are EcoLogo Certified products?

EcoLogo is the Government of Canada Seal of approval on products that have been verified as being more environmentally responsible. They offer guaranteed performance, while conforming to stringent environmental and occupational health and safety standards.

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Are Eco-Max products packaged in recyclable containers?

Yes, all Eco-Max products are packaged in recyclable containers.

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Are Eco-Max products Hypoallergenic?

Eco-Max products are free from commonly used allergenic ingredients such as artificial fragrances and technical grade dyes. Please read the article “Bee Clean saves the day with Eco-Max®” that appeared in the EcoBuyer newsletter published by Environment Canada’s Environmental Choice Program.

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What does "Readily Biodegradable" mean?

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a chemical is readily biodegradable if, in a 28-day test, it biodegrades 60 percent or more within 10 days of the time when degradation first reaches 10 percent. All Eco-Max products far exceed the criteria for ready biodegradability.

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What is a "Natural Product"?

Quite literally, a natural product denotes one which contains ingredients that occur in nature. Because of the huge consumer demand for natural products, there are many products on the market claiming to be natural. Just because a product label says “Natural” does not mean that the product contains ingredients that are safe, non-toxic and derived from a renewable, sustainable resource. One should look further and check out the ingredients.

Please read the section on “ Toxic ingredients used in cleaning products” on our website. Eco-Max® products are truly non-toxic, natural products with 100% of the active ingredients derived from renewable and sustainable botanical resources.

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What is a Sustainable Resource Ingredient?

A sustainable resource ingredient is one which can be repeatedly regrown / reproduced and it’s supply can be available for use by future generations. Some examples:

  • Plant based ingredients are a sustainable resource because plants can be grown and regrown.
  • Petroleum based ingredients are not a sustainable resource because petroleum is derived from crude oil, the supply of which is finite.
  • Inorganic ingredients such as Borax, Silicates and Carbonates are not a sustainable resource as their supply is also finite.
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Do we need to use products containing petroleum solvents?

No, we do not need to use products containing toxic, petroleum solvents for daily cleaning of our homes and workplaces because there are petroleum free, non-toxic products like Eco-Max® products that do the job just as well or better.

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What is lake eutrophication?

Excessive amounts of nutrients (phosphates, nitrates etc.) in a lake can drastically increase the growth of plant life in the water. This abundance of plant life uses up much of the oxygen in the water, thereby causing eutrophication of the lake.

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What is Ozone?

Ozone is a gas formed when oxygen is ionized. For example by the action of ultraviolet light or a strong electric field. A layer of relatively high concentration of ozone gas exists in the stratosphere, at an altitude of approximately 10 to 50 km. This ozone layer shields the earth from excessive ultraviolet radiation. Although it is a desirable gas in the stratosphere, it is toxic to living organisms at ground level.

Ozone depletion occurs when there is chemical destruction of the ozone layer by the presence of substances produced mostly by human activities

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What is a CAS?

There are hundreds of thousands of different chemical raw materials sold and used around the world. In order to differentiate and identify each specific chemical, a CAS number is assigned by the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS).

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What is LD50?

LD stands for lethal dose. LD50 is the amount of a material, given all at once, which causes death of 50% (one half) of a group of test animals. The LD50 can be determined by any route of entry, but dermal (applied to skin) and oral (given by mouth) are the most common. The LD50 is one measure of the short-term poisoning potential of a material. The LD50 dose is usually expressed as milligrams or grams of material per kilogram of animal body weight (mg/kg or g/kg). Eco-Max® products were not tested on animals. All LD50 values expressed on Eco-Max® products are calculated based on the LD50 values of the ingredients

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What is LC50?

LC stands for lethal concentration. LC50 is the concentration of a material in air (inhalation toxicity) or water (aquatic toxicity) which causes the death of 50% (one half) of a group of test species.

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What is aquatic toxicity?

Aquatic toxicity is the adverse effects to marine life from exposure to toxic substances. It is usually expressed as LC50. The LC50 is normally expressed as a time-dependent value, eg 24-hour or 96-hour LC50, the concentration estimated to be lethal to 50% of the test organisms after 24 or 96 hours of exposure.

It is important for aquatic toxicity testing to be performed on finished cleaning products in order to know whether the cleaning product you are using will harm the fish and other aquatic species in the rivers and lakes when it eventually enters these water bodies from our drains. Usually this test is performed on three test species such as Daphnia, Rainbow trout and micro-organisms.

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What is a corrosive substance?

A corrosive substance is one which causes irreversible damage to human tissue and/or other surfaces.

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What is a flammable substance?

A flammable substance is one which will ignite easily and burn rapidly. Substances that have a Flash Point of less than 37.8oC are considered to be flammable.

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What is a combustible substance?

A combustible substance is one which will burn or support combustion. Substances that have a Flash Point of less than 93.3oC (200oF) and greater than 37.8oC are considered to be combustible.

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What is "Flash Point"?

Flash Point is the temperature at which a liquid or solid gives off vapor that can form a flammable mixture with air.

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What is a mutagen?

A mutagen is a substance that causes mutations. A mutation is a change in the genetic material in a body cell. Mutations can lead to birth defects, miscarriages or cancer.

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What is a teratogen?

A teratogen is a substance that causes birth defects by damaging the fetus.

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What is a carcinogen?

A carcinogen is a cancer causing substance.

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What is vapour pressure?

The vapour pressure of a substance is a measure of how readily a substance mixes with air at its surface. A higher vapour pressure indicates the likelihood of a higher concentration of the substance in the air with increased risk of breathing it in.

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What does CEPA toxic mean?

CEPA stands for Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Under Section 64 of CEPA 1999, a substance is toxic if it is entering or may enter the environment in a quantity or concentration or under conditions that:

  • Have or may have an immediate or long term harmful effect on the environment or it’s biological diversity;
  • Constitute or may constitute a danger to the environment on which life depends; or
  • Constitute or may constitute a danger in Canada to human life or health.
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What is EPA?

The Environmental Protection Agency is a federal agency responsible for regulating environmental hazards in the United States.

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What is IARC?

The International Agency for Research on Cancer is a scientific group that classifies chemicals according to their cancer causing potential.

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What is NTP?

The National Toxicology Program tests chemicals and reviews evidence for cancer.

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What is OSHA?

OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, adopts and enforces health and safety standards in the United States.

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What is NFPA?

It is the National Fire Protection Association. It classifies substances according to their fire and explosion hazard.

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What is NIOSH?

It is the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. It tests equipment, tests and approves respirators, conducts studies of workplace hazards and proposes standards to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).

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What is WHMIS?

WHMIS stands for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System. WHMIS is a system used across Canada to provide employers and employees information about hazardous materials used in the workplace. A WHMIS regulated product should not be used in a workplace without first reading the MSDS.

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What is an MSDS?

MSDS stands for Material Safety Data Sheet. By law, a workplace must have Material Safety Data Sheets on file for all WHMIS regulated products on the premises. An MSDS outlines hazardous ingredients present, safety precautions to be taken etc. The MSDS on file must be less than 3 years old.

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Do you perform animal testing?

No, we do not test our products on animals.

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