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Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Thetford Corp. unveiled several environmentally-friendly products during last week’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., including a line of “green” RV care products developed in conjunction with the federal government’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program.
According to a press release, Thetford recently was granted Design for the Environment status as part of a partnership with the EPA. The company has five products in its RV Care line that have received DfE certification, including: Hard Water Spot Remover; RV Wash & Wax; Mildew Stain Remover; Ultra Foam Black Streak & Bug Remover; and Ultra Foam Awning Cleaner.
“Our customers are becoming more environmentally conscious and as a result, we have seen an increased demand for ‘green’ options,” said Mary Burrows, Thetford’s manager of chemical development. “At Thetford, we’re committed to meeting customer needs for a variety of innovative RV products.”
The year-old project centered on “reformulating” products to conform with DfE’s certification requirements. Burrows noted that extensive testing was performed by EPA to ensure the end products were non-toxic and biodegradable.
“The EPA was actually more stringent with RV products than household products because of their potential impact on the environment,” Burrows said.
The new line will be produced in January 2009 and hit the market in February.
Other eco-friendly Thetford products shown in Louisville included:
• Eco-Smart, a DfE-certified “green” holding tank deodorant.
• SmartTotes, an improved line of portable waste-water holding tanks.
• Sani-Con, a waste-water holding-tank evacuation system.
• Aqua-Kem, a non-formaldehyde storage tank deodorant for RV holding tanks.