In 1992, Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) launched its Green Label program to test carpet, cushions and adhesives to help specifiers identify products with very low emissions of Volatile organice compounds (VOCs). For vacuum cleaners, the Carpet and Rug Institute also developed the green label program.
The Green Label program helps to identify vacuum cleaners that meet three different types of criteria:
1. Soil removal: This protocol will require that the vacuum cleaner remove a specified quantity of soil from the test carpet in four passes.
2. Dust containment: This protocol will dictate the total amount of dust particles that are released into the surrounding air by the action of the brush rolls, through the filtration bag, and any leaks that come from the vacuum system. with this test, the vacuum cleaner can’t release more than 100 micrograms of dust particles per cubic meter of air.
3. Carpet retention: This final protocol is for appearance retention will require that the vacuum cleaner not adversely affect the appearance of the carpet, based on a year of normal usage.
If a vacuum cleaner meets all three of the above criteria, then the manufacturer may then display the official CRI Green Label on it’s vacuum cleaner(s). The CRI tests canister and upright vacuums, wide area vacuums, and even walk behind types as well.
TotalVac carries green cleaning products.