Rubbermaid is the latest manufacturer to certify its products to the stringent Greenguard Children & Schools (SM) standard. Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI) is a leader in certifications of products for low chemical emissions and for products that improve indoor air quality.“We are excited to add Rubbermaid to our list of participating manufacturers. It is great to see strong consumer brands like Rubbermaid recognizing the importance of providing better products for indoor environments,” said Dr. Marilyn Black, Founder of GEI.Safer and healthier indoor environments are what GEI is all about. Recently, in an independent survey performed by Harris Interactive, 69% of interviewed consumers indicated a preference for products certified for indoor air quality. As the green movement moves forward, building owners and occupants have become increasingly aware of the importance of indoor air quality.For Rubbermaid, the Greenguard certification represents a major effort. The Greenguard Children & Schools Certification program screened Rubbermaid products for 10,000 different volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including phthalates and formaldehyde. The Greenguard certification attests that Rubbermaid’s products have passed rigorous testing requirements and that they do not release potentially harmful chemicals into the indoor air.Rubbermaid Product Marketing Manager, Betty Schmal announced the certification; “Rubbermaid strives to provide the best products possible to consumers, and achieving Greenguard Certification is just one way we continue to demonstrate our corporate commitment to environmental stewardship. We recognize consumers growing desire for green products and wanted to be on the forefront of offering healthy products for indoor environment.”Greenguard has currently more than 200 participating manufacturers in their certification program. Other products include paint, mattresses, cribs and children furniture. Greenguard is cooperating with the National Association of Home Builders and the National Green Building Standard as well as with the U.S. Green Building Council to identify suggested products.As these various certification programs work together, consumers will come to better understand the products most beneficial for their homes and offices. Indoor air quality is a leading contributor to a healthy home and workplace.