Transforming the Marketplace for Over 20 Years

Arthur-ColorBy Arthur Weissman, Ph.D, Green Seal President/CEO

I am delighted to welcome you to this inaugural Green Seal blog!  Green Seal is excited that social media allows us to reach our constituencies more effectively, including the consumer – who is responsible for 70% of the economy.

As a child (and son of a doctor), I received a desk tray with a curious quote on it:  “Medicine is the only profession that labors incessantly to destroy the reason for its own existence.”  I found this juxtaposition of diligence and self-sacrifice both intriguing and admirable.  (I wish I could say this adage is what deterred me from becoming a doctor, but I was not so clever.)

In many ways, the environmental field and all groups like Green Seal with environmental missions have a similar built-in sunset.  If we succeed, we don’t need to practice anymore.  If the economy and society truly become sustainable, we can all pursue the arts.

Needless to say, we haven’t gotten there yet.  On a global scale human society continues to cause climate change, pervasive toxic pollution, habitat and species loss, and resource depletion.  In the developed countries, consumption exceeds the capacity of our planet to provide for and sustain our lifestyles.  And we are still learning how to assess the environmental and health impacts of our everyday activities and how to design a more sustainable economy.

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Hold the VOCs, Please


By Mary Swanson, Green Seal’s Vice President of Certification

MaryEditors’ Note: This is the first in a series about how we look at chemicals and chemical products.

Like people, chemicals have character traits, including whether they are calm and easy going or volatile. Volatile people are more likely to fly off the handle; volatile chemicals are more likely to fly off into the air. Continue reading “Hold the VOCs, Please”