Gina Perry has been part of The Home Depot team for over two decades. Today, she is the Senior Product Merchant for Cleaning. We’ve invited Gina to speak with Eco Actions about the changes that the cleaning category has undergone in recent years, how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way consumers think about cleaning and what’s on the horizon.

EA: When we think about sustainability in the cleaning department, we primarily think about chemicals and plastics used in cleaning products. How is The Home Depot helping shoppers make informed choices when it comes to cleaning?

GP: The Home Depot’s Chemical Safety Policy and Eco Options product certification program both play a big role in that. Cleaning products listed in our Eco Options program have obtained certifications from independent, third-party testers. These certifications help consumers identify products that are nontoxic, biodegradable, plant-based, not tested on animals and not made with harmful chemicals. They include EPA’s Safer Choice, Cradle to Cradle Certified, USDA-Certified Biobased, SCS Global Services Eco Options Standard and Leaping Bunny Certification.

Read the full interview.