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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New PURELL Alcohol Hand Sanitizer Leads in Performance, Sustainability

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PURELL® Green Certified Instant Hand Sanitizer exemplifies GOJO Industries leadership in developing an effective alcohol hand sanitizer that contributes to customers’ sustainability initiatives.

Development was driven by performance and sustainability objectives realized when PURELL Green Certified Instant Hand Sanitizer became the world’s first alcohol hand sanitizer to achieve EcoLogo™ certification*. It kills 99.99% of most common germs that may cause illness, and its formula and packaging set standards for sustainable hand hygiene products.

“PURELL Green Certified Instant Hand Sanitizer uses 100% naturally renewable, plant-derived ethanol in a biodegradable formula,” said Nicole Koharik, GOJO global sustainability senior marketing manager. “Companies pursuing aggressive sustainability objectives find this EcoLogo-certified product is an effective alcohol hand sanitizer that helps them promote the well-being of people and the environment.”

PURELL is America’s #1 alcohol hand sanitizer brand. PURELL Green Certified uses a 70% alcohol formula for superior efficacy in compliance with international fire codes and contains natural skin-conditioning glycerin that leaves hands soft and refreshed. The Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Green Building Council recommend alcohol-based hand sanitizers for health and hygiene.

GOJO invented the hand sanitizer category and set standards for germ-killing effectiveness. Multiple clinical studies have been conducted to support PURELL efficacy.

Featuring GOJO SMARTFLEX™ technology, refills are made of recyclable PET using 30% less plastic than a standard rigid HDPE bottle. This “source reduction” approach is considered optimal sustainable packaging strategy.

EcoLogo certification acknowledges the product meets Instant Hand Sanitizer Antiseptic Products standard (CCD-170) for environmental leadership.

The new PURELL product is part of the complete green certified GOJO hand hygiene portfolio.

For information, call the GOJO Customer Interaction Center (CIC), 1-800-321-9647. Visit

*First to meet an independent, 3rd party, type-1 Ecolabel environmental standard for hand antiseptics.

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About GOJO -

GOJO, the inventors of PURELL® Hand Sanitizer, is the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings. The broad GOJO product portfolio includes hand cleaning, handwashing, hand sanitizing, skin care formulas and surface sprays under the GOJO®, PURELL™ and PROVON® brand names. GOJO formulations use the latest advances in the science of skin care and sustainability. GOJO is known for state-of-the-art dispensing technology, engineered with attention to design, sustainability and functionality. GOJO programs promote healthy behaviors for hygiene, skin care and compliance in critical environments. GOJO is a family enterprise headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with operations in the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan, Mexico, and Canada.


Contact Information

Contact: Kelly Ward-Smith, Public Relations Senior Manager

Phone Number: 330-255-6293
Mobile Phone: 330-819-8638


This contact information is for news media only. For other inquiries, please contact GOJO customer service at 1-800-321-9647 or use the GOJO Contact Us form.