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Green Fragrances for Cleaning Products: Compatibilities and Conflicts

By: Jeb Gleason-Allured, Editor
Posted: February 10, 2009
Ladd Smith

Ladd Smith, RIFM

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Smith likens the process to the writing of a new ASTM International standard. “We need to get the experts and stakeholders in the room to figure out what the appropriate mix is and then agree on something to go forward,” he says. “I could also say—in the continual improvement way of thinking—that we probably need to put something down on paper and think about it and test it over time because we’ll go back and modify it. We won’t know that until we try it.”

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Finally, Smith notes that technical considerations will be an indispensible element in formulating sustainable products. “Companies are pretty flexible,” he says. “They have a lot of expertise. Sustainability is probably going to be … in the realm of engineering. It’s the underlying technology of actually producing something that’s effective. Performance matters. Sometimes performance is related to fragrance and smelling clean, but if you use something and it doesn’t take the stain out … then it probably isn’t a good alternative. It first has to perform.”

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