Innovative Chemical Products (ICP), maker of the Benefect line of botanical disinfectant technologies for restoration and remediation, announced that it has achieved US Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred status for its Decon 30 Disinfectant and Botanical Disinfectant Wipes.

As part of the certification process, these Benefect products were submitted for USDA testing that revealed both could be certified as 100% Biobased – the first and only disinfectant technologies to achieve this distinction.

The USDA BioPreferred program provides information to consumers about the biobased content of a product. Some products labeled “botanical” might contain as little as 25% bi-obased content, which is measured by how much new organic carbon from plants is used compared to old organic carbon found in coal and petroleum.

“Some cleaners and disinfectants claim to be botanical when they are actually made from petroleum-based synthetic technologies,” said Sam DeAth, Environmental Restoration Group, product manager, ICP Building Solutions Group. “Benefect is different. It is made from 100%-biobased materials using a process that has been used by farmers for more than 150 years.”

Benefect Decon 30 Disinfectant and Botanical Disinfectant Wipes are made with plant-derived essential oils that are proven to kill 99.99% of bacteria and surpasses the US En-vironmental Protection Agency (EPA) efficacy requirements for broad spectrum hospital disinfectants. They also boast the highest safety rating allowable by the EPA, meaning less liability for restoration professionals and facility managers.

“When you buy what you believe to be botanical disinfectants, you should not see warning symbols on the label,” said DeAth. “Instead, look for the USDA 100%-Biobased distinction and the UL EcoLogo to know what you are buying will reduce environmental impact – and that it is truly botanical.”

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