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Friday, May 7, 2010

World's 1st Green Certified Hand Sanitizer*
Packaging Designed with Sustainability in Mind

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PURELL® Green Certified Instant Hand Sanitizer packaging incorporates technology resulting in lightweight recyclable refill bottles projected to save hundreds of tons of plastics annually.

PURELL Green Certified Instant Hand Sanitizer, from GOJO Industries and available in the U.S. only, is made with 100% naturally renewable ethanol in a readily biodegradable formula. It's the world's first EcoLogo™ certified hand sanitizer.

Sustainable thinking extends into the hand sanitizer packaging via GOJO® SMART FLEX™ technology, a new lightweight, recyclable PET refill bottle made with 30% less material but has the durability of a standard HDPE bottle.

"Our hand sanitizer packaging demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and dedication to provide a complete portfolio of GOJO GREEN HYGIENE™ Solutions promoting health and well-being while reducing environmental impacts," said Joe Kanfer, GOJO Chairman and CEO. "We estimate our SMART FLEX hand sanitizer packaging will save more than 250 tons of plastic packaging a year across all products within our dispensed systems."

The EcoLogo certification acknowledges the product meets the Instant Hand Sanitizer Antiseptic Products standard (CCD-170) for environmental leadership. PURELL Green Certified Instant Hand Sanitizer meets USDA's BioPreferred program for biobased content.

"Using PURELL Green Certified Instant Hand Sanitizer is a healthy decision for people, places and the environment," Kanfer said.

PURELL Green Certified Instant Hand Sanitizer kills 99.99% of most common germs that may cause illness, and helps condition skin with a natural moisturizer in a fragrance-free and dye-free formulation. It is available for away-from-home markets including education, office, healthcare, government and military.

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.