LCA & material health results & interpretationUltramax® MS854114E, MS604114CEFG, & MS604114CUFG
Evaluation program: Declare
Declare labels are issued to products disclosing ingredient inventory, sourcing and end of life options. Declare labels are based on the Manufacturers Guide to Declare, administered by the International Living Future Institute.
How it works
Material ingredients are inventoried and screened against the Living Building Challenge (LBC) Red List which represents the 'worst in class' materials, chemicals, and elements known to pose serious risks to human health and the greater ecosystem.
The Declare product database and label are used to select products that meet the Living Building Challenge's stringent materials requirements, streamlining the materials specification and certification process.
Assessment scope and results
Content inventory: All ingredients identified by name and CAS #
Inventory threshold: 100 ppm
The Declare product database and label are used to select products that meet the LBC's stringent materials requirements, streamlining the materials specification and certification process.
LBC Red List Free This product does not contain any ingredients on the LBC Red List.
Ultramax II 1G
How this rating was achieved
'Declared' is awarded to products when all the ingredients have been self-disclosed to promote transparency.
What's in the product and why
Manufacturing in the United States means that robust human labor, safety and environmental rules and regulations were followed. In addition, local sourcing of raw materials means that less smog and air pollution are generated as a result of transport. The ceramic body and glaze makes up ~92-93% of the total mass of the toilet. Therefore, manufacturing and transportation of the ceramic create the greatest human health impacts when compared to the overall manufacture of the entire toilet. By specifying an Ultramax toilet manufactured in the United States, the consumer helps mitigate these human health impacts.
Red List materials
The toilet trip lever handle is plated with chrome (Hexavalent Chromium VI). Chromium material is used as a decorative finish in applications where corrosion-resistance and durability are required. During the chrome plating process health hazards have been identified and are managed according the OHSA Guidelines. Process controls are used to protect the environment and the production workers wear personal protection equipment. After the plating process the chrome surface is inert and does not pose any health risks. The trip lever in the final form does not represent any hazards to the user.
TOTO continues to investigate alternative finishes in order to reduce and/or eliminate Chromium VI on the toilet trip levers. Standard versions of the Ultramax use parts containing PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), a plastic commonly used within the plumbing industry. The primary health concern is during the production process when the raw material components are in a powder or pelletized form. If inhaled or ingested the results can be toxic and potentially carcinogenic. In the final form, materials are inert and not a hazard to the users of the toilet.
As part of TOTO's efforts to reduce health impacts, PVC-free versions of the Ultramax are available. PVC parts have been removed and replaced with materials of compatible functional strength and chemical resistance. These alternative parts are sourced within the continental United States. It should be noted that there are no legislative or regulatory mandates to remove this material from a product, however, as part of our goal to mitigate adverse health impacts, TOTO has decided to move beyond compliance by voluntarily eliminating this compound.
Where it goes at the end of its life
TOTO encourages consumers to recycle their used toilet and toilet parts. Contact your local municipality for recycling programs.
How we're making it healthier
Goals and plans for improvement:
- Utilize alternative materials to PVC, removing this compound from tank parts in all TOTO models.
- With no compromise to beauty, functionality, or durability, TOTO intends to offer alternative finishes for trip levers that do not require chromium VI.
TOTO USA, Declare label for Eco Ultramax MS854114E
TOTO USA, Declare label for Ultramax II MS604114CEFG
TOTO USA, Declare label for Ultramax II 1G® MS604114CUFG
A comprehensive guide providing information about the program, the assessment methodology, how to submit material data to obtain a Declare label and how they are used to meet the Health & Happiness and Materials Petals of the Living Building Challenge.
LEED v4, Building product disclosure and optimization
Option 1. Material ingredient reporting 1 product
Option 2. Material ingredient optimization 1 product
Living Building Challenge
Living Building Challenge 3.0
Imperative 10. Red List Free
Imperative 12. Responsible Industry
Imperative 13. Living Economy Sourcing