by Brianna Crandall — August 4 , 2021 — Innovative Chemical Products (ICP), maker of the Benefect line of botanical disinfectant technologies for restoration and remediation, recently announced that it has achieved U.S. 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. According to ICP, they were the first 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% biobased content, which is measured by how much new organic carbon from plants is used compared to old organic carbon found in coal and petroleum.
Sam DeAth, Environmental Restoration Group, product manager, ICP Building Solutions Group, remarked:
Some cleaners and disinfectants claim to be botanical when they are actually made from petroleum-based synthetic technologies. Benefect is different. It is made from 100%-biobased materials using a process that has been used by farmers for more than 150 years. We are thrilled to earn USDA certification and provide assurance to users that these products are authentically botanical.
According to ICP, 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 U.S. Environmental 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 facilities managers (FMs).
When you buy what you believe to be botanical disinfectants, you should not see warning symbols on the label. 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.
To learn more about Benefect authentically botanical disinfectant technology, visit the product website.
ICP Building Solutions Group supplies professional products and solutions for building envelope, cementitious and sports surface needs through dozens of well-known brands across numerous industries and applications, all backed by its MasterWorks training and education program.
Innovative Chemical Products (the ICP Group) is a North American specialty chemical manufacturer that provides coatings, adhesives and sealants globally. With operations headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts, and multiple manufacturing facilities around the world, ICP serves multiple end markets, including building materials, specialty construction, industrial, packaging, printing and sports surfaces.