Environmental Certified Bodies
On December, 4th 1990 leading European carpet manufacturer founded the Association of Environmentally Friendly Carpets e.V. (Gemeinschaft umweltfreundlicher Teppichboden) - GUT, in Aachen (Germany).
The aim of GUT is to improve continuously all environmental and consumer protection aspects throughout the life cycle of a textile floor covering (from production to installation, to use phase and recycling).
The European carpet industry, has revolutionized environmental standards for the flooring industry, by creating GUT and continuously upgrading GUT's environmental goals.
In Cooperation with officially recognized European test houses registered products are regularly controlled on the basis of GUT's test criteria.
Furthermore GUT promotes environmentally friendly solutions for the installation of carpets and provides objective information on all aspects of carpets.
The intensive product testing on chemicals and emissions is the basis for ensuring consumer safety.
Confidence In Textiles
Confidence in Textiles – that has been the motto of the independent testing for harmful substances according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 for textile products of all types which pose no risk whatsoever to health since 1992.
With regard to the global structure and high division of labour in textile production the OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue for the first time provides manufacturers in the textile and clothing industry with a uniform benchmark on a scientific basis for the evaluation of potentially harmful substances in textiles.
The OEKO-TEX® label indicates the additional benefits of tested safety for skin-friendly clothing and other textiles to interested end users. The test label therefore provides an important decision-making tool for purchasing textiles.
FSC works to improve forest management worldwide
FSC provides a connection between the forest and the end user, ensuring that products with the FSC label uphold principles and criteria which bring the highest social and environmental benefits.
FSC certification can positively impact workers and communities, shift governance processes globally and change economic and environmental conditions in the forest. This impact improves conditions such conflict over land tenure and use, worker's health and safety, biodiversity conservation, protection of endangered species and participatory forest policy.
By working to promote environmentally and socially beneficial forest management, FSC helps both local communities and society at large to enjoy long-term benefits of managing forests in a responsible way. As the world's most respected forest certification scheme, FSC is a global system with certificates issued in all forest types around the world.
When forest operations meet FSC requirements, the materials and products carry the FSC label and provide businesses and consumers with a powerful tool to influence how forests worldwide are managed.
About PEFC UK
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification. PEFC UK was established in 2000 and is the member of PEFC International. PEFC International is an umbrella organisation that endorses national forest certification systems developed through multi-stakeholder processes and tailored to local priorities and conditions.
PEFC works throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. Thanks to its eco-label, customers and consumers are able to identify products from sustainably managed forests.
PEFC UK Ltd has adopted the definition of sustainable forest management (SFM) initially developed by Forest Europe in 1993 and subsequently adopted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations:
“The stewardship and use of forests and forest land in a way, and at a rate, that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfil now and in the future, relevant ecological, economic and social functions at local, national and global levels and does not cause damage to other ecosystems.”
The organisation is committed to the following guiding principles:
- Quality - through the stringency of criteria for technical and professional competencies with which to operate the Scheme.
- Continuous Improvement - through response to new knowledge and changes in demands.
- Consistency - with internationally recognised indicators and performance criteria of credible forest certification standards, schemes, and of the certification process itself.
- Use and promotion of the UK Woodland Assurance Standard - as the criteria and indicators for verification of sustainable forest management in the UK.
- Credibility - through third party, independent auditing carried out by certification bodies accredited by UKAS or other accreditation bodies operating to internationally accepted ISO standards and guidelines.
- Transparency - of all stages of both the certification standard and the certification scheme
- Accountability to, and participation with - the UK and wider forestry and timber using communities and stakeholders.
- Cost effectiveness - through minimising the administrative and financial burden to the scheme’s customers.
- Accessibility - via the UK Woodland Assurance Standard and the PEFC Council Chain of Custody Standard - to a range of certification options to all forest and wood using types, ownerships and structures.
Certification, Verification and Validation Services
The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and improve livelihoods by promoting and evaluating the implementation of the most globally respected sustainability standards in a variety of fields. Through RA-Cert, the Rainforest Alliance's auditing division, we provide our forestry, agriculture and carbon/climate clients with independent and transparent verification, validation and certification services based on these standards, which are designed to generate ecological, social and economic benefits.
The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal assures consumers that the product they are purchasing has been grown and harvested using environmentally and socially responsible practices. Farms and forestlands that meet the rigorous, third-party standards of the Sustainable Agriculture Network or the Forest Stewardship Council are awarded the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal.
The Blue Angel – Eco-Label with Brand Character
The Blue Angel is the first and oldest environment-related label for products and services in the world. It was created in 1978 on the initiative of the German Federal Minister of the Interior and approved by the Ministers of the Environment of the federal government and the federal states. It considers itself as a market-conform instrument of environmental policy designed to distinguish the positive environmental features of products and services on a voluntary basis.
The Blue Angel at a Glance
The Blue Angel stands for product control, transparency of product selection and safe purchasing.
To make sure that you get ecological products and services products and services need to be properly and reliably identified. The Blue Angel provides for consistency, clarity and safety.
In addition, there are several other quite palpable benefits. For example, the Blue Angel can help you saving – it will help you not only to save energy but also to save cash. You can be sure that products carrying the Blue Angel eco-label feature high quality and a long service life.
The Blue Angel also sets the standard in health and safety: because Blue Angel-labelled products have been tested with respect to health safety and proper user information.