Written by Dentistry Today Tuesday, 01 March 2011 12:31
Environmentally-Friendly Dental Products Achieve EDA Accepted Status
Berkeley, CA (February 24th, 2011) – The Eco-Dentistry Association™ (EDA), an international membership association formed to promote environmentally sound practices in dentistry, recently announced the latest dental products to receive the exclusive EDA Accepted Seal based upon meeting specific environmental criteria set by the EDA.
Product lines which have been newly approved to bear the coveted EDA Accepted Seal include two dry vacuum systems, a suite of lube-free handpieces, and a professional oral care line. The new list of products bearing the EDA Accepted Seal is an exciting mix ranging from product lines just breaking into the green dentistry scene, to high-tech products that are the foundation of the green dental practice.
The DentalEZ® RAMVAC® Badger™ Waterless Vacuum System and the BaseVAC Dry Vacuum System by R.E. Morrison Equipment are both recipients of the EDA Accepted Seal.
“We’re pleased to see so much innovation in the area of dry vacuum systems,” said Susan Beck, EDA Director. “Traditional vacuum systems can waste as much as 360 gallons of water per day. We look forward to the day that dry vacuum systems are the standard for dental practices, and DentalEZ and R.E. Morrison Equipment are setting the bar.”
R.E. Morrison has over six years of expertise in creating dry-vacuum systems. In addition to the exceptional eco-credibility of the oil-free, waterless BaseVAC, the company has implemented environmental initiatives in their manufacturing and shipping processes and donates equipment to dental clinics in need.
DentalEZ leads the pack with the largest number of products earning the EDA Accepted Seal. Its StarDental® lube-free hand pieces including Series 430®, Solara®, Titan 3®, Titan-T™, and Prophy Star® 3, which eliminate the use of petroleum, are among the latest to receive the EDA Accepted Seal, as was DentalEZ’s RAMVAC® Hg5® Amalgam Separator. The DentalEZ EverLight LED Opearatory Light and UltraLeather dental chair upholstery already bear the Seal.
“DentalEZ is exceptional at meeting the multi-faceted needs of the green dental professional: conserve resources, boost performance, and tend to the bottom line. It is exciting to see their continued innovation and commitment to dentistry’s green future,” Beck comments.
Eléva Naturals is the EDA’s first home care product line to achieve the EDA Accepted Seal. Eleva’s professional oral care line, manufactured in the US, features plant-sourced ingredients and do not contain sodium lauryl sulfate or other chemicals of concern often found in oral care products. The company has reduced packaging for their products and implements eco-friendly processes in manufacturing.
“Eléva Naturals represents the growing new breed of companies that are specifically founded to provide greener, wellness-based alternatives for the green dental patient,” explained EDA director Susan Beck.
The EDA Accepted Seal is awarded only to products and services that offer exceptional environmental benefits for the dental practice or dental industry. The EDA Accepted Seal may be appropriate for a product or service if it enables the dental professional to reduce waste and pollution; saves water or energy; incorporates innovative and/or high technology; or promotes wellness-based dentistry, like early detection.
Once a product or service is confirmed as EDA Accepted, the manufacturer receives an electronic version of the EDA Accepted Seal, which may be used on any marketing, advertising, and packaging materials such as catalogs, websites, and product packaging. The EDA posts an Application Report for each EDA Accepted product on the EDA website, so dental professionals can see exactly which of the EDA Accepted criteria a product or service has achieved.
The EDA Accepted Seal makes it easy for dental professionals to identify products and services which meet the EDA’s standards and best practices for green dental offices and help them choose eco-friendly products quickly, easily, and with confidence.
For complete details on how a manufacturer or distributor of a product or service can apply for the EDA Accepted Seal, please log onto www.ecodentistry.org or call Eco-Dentistry Association Director Susan Beck at 510-841-1229.
About the Eco-Dentistry Association™
The EDA is an educational membership organization that provides standards, best practices, and certification for green dental offices, and offers the public access to dental professionals that share their values of wellness and environmental stewardship. More information can be found at www.ecodentistry.org.