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Foundation tests ‘green’ boat soaps

BoatU.S. Foundation laboratory tests reveal that choosing a "green" boat cleaning product by its label is challenge for consumers. The non-profit BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water recently lab-tested 20 boat cleaners for their toxicity as well as how quickly they biodegraded. They also completed real-world tests to gauge performance.

"In our lab tests, a few 'green' labeled products appeared to be among the most harmful products tested, and some conventional products were far less toxic than suspected, yet made no environmental claims on the packaging," said BoatU.S. Foundation director of environmental programs Susan Shingledecker. "Overall, we found that choosing a 'green' cleaner based on its label is challenging," she added.

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