Products and services erroneously labelled 'environmentally friendly' have resulted in nothing more than "green fatigue". We believe that true environmental sustainability is linked to sound economic stewardship and is dependant on the following:
- A product must actually work. All the green seals, labels and good intentions in the world will not compensate for a product that fails to perform.
- A product if purported to be green must be certified as such by an independent and impartial body. Certification programs maintained by Underwriters Laboratories, Green Seal, Ecologo and US EPA offer the best indication of a product's claim to having been designed on sound environmental principles.
- A product or service must make financial sense. That doesn't necessarily mean it must be the cheapest game in town. Frequently, premium products are offered at a higher price but in turn deliver performance efficiencies greater than their cheaper conventional competitors. The total costs of ownership or use over the year in these cases is often far less costly.
- A product must be used in accordance with manufacturer's guidelines. The old axiom of "a little is good – more must be better' certainly does not ring true. The over-use of any product exposes the environment to a greater load and stress. Over-use is quite simply environmentally inefficient, most likely detrimental and a complete waste of money.
At Innovative Surface Solutions, we are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our products, all the while ensuring optimal safety. Every year we learn more and venture closer to our ideal environmental footprint while expanding the performance and range of our solutions. Our on-site lab technicians are committed to maintaining the highest quality control standards and developing innovative new products. Their research into eco-friendlier ways of dealing with the effects of weather on our roads and highways has resulted in ice melt, dust control and asphalt repairproducts formulations that release fewer chlorides into the environment. We've also developed and implemented modifiers to enhance the longevity of infrastructures and equipment.
We are proud to have a product line that include products which meet the strict standards of the following agencies:
Design for the Environment permits manufacturers to put the DfE label on household and commercial products that meet stringent criteria for human and environmental health. DfE's scientific review team screens each ingredient in a product for potential human health and environmental effects. A DfE logo on a product means that the product contains only those ingredients that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class. Consider Innovative Solutions' Magic Salt, Magic -0 and Ice B'Gone Enhance.
The Pacific Northwest Snowfighters (PNS) Association is an amalgamation of transportation agencies that have developed specifications for chemicals in product that balance quality of environment with safety and maximum mobility during snow and ice conditions. Products must adhere to reasonable cost, quality performance and environmental constraints.