This product contains a large proportion of recycled and/or bio-based material which reduces or eliminates hazardous gaseous, liquid or solid waste.
This product does one or more of the following:
For example, Balanced Design uses recycled soda pop bottles for 50% of the stuffing in their pillows, while C & A Carpet uses old vinyl carpeting, theirs and their competitors', to make new carpeting. This is called a "closed loop" process.
This product uses recycled, rapidly renewable, or certified sustainable materials, and/or reduces material usage overall, and/or increasing product durability and lifespan.
For example, Maria Yee produces a number of pieces of their designer quality furnishing line from Moso Bamboo, a fast-growing bamboo which has a five-year life cycle and exceeds steel in tensile strength.
This product uses natural or minimally processed, non-hazardous materials that do not release pollutants or ozone-depleting gases, and/or removes indoor pollutants, and/or blocks the introduction, development or spread of contaminants.
For example, the Swiss IQAir cleaners, both free-standing units and whole home/building systems are a leading-edge product in the drive to improve indoor air quality.
This product reduces the energy and water required for a building’s functionality and the occupants’ needs.
For example, Earthshade, our product line of natural window fashions, boasts an impressive degree of insulating and sun-shading properties that may increase the energy performance of window systems: their Hemp Insuliner™ alone provides an average calculated “R” value of 4.5!
This company reduces the impact of production by using recycled/recyclable, non-hazardous materials, and/or reducing or eliminating solid, liquid or gaseous waste, and/or reducing or eliminating worker exposure to hazardous materials.
For example, Indika Organics developed its environmentally conscious manufacturing processes for textiles in response to the needs of people suffering due to chemical sensitivities.
This company uses sustainable packing material, and/or uses minimal packaging, and/or minimizes total energy used in transportation, and/or uses renewable fuel sources.
For example, Riverside Designs ships their recycled glassware using renewable resource packaging materials which are easily recyclable and biodegradable.
This company protects the safety, health and well-being of its workers, consumers, and community, while providing fair compensation to all workers, and/or taking responsibility for the environmental, social and health impacts of its operations.
For example, Valcucine founded a non-profit organization, Bioforest, which supports environmental protection in the Amazon basin as well as reforestation and education programs around the world. Their CO2 sink program plants twice as many trees as necessary to absorb their annual CO2 output.
The location where this product is extracted, processed and manufactured may make it eligible for being used in a project seeking USGBC LEED certification (as a nationally recognized green building or interior). Alternatively, it may represent a country or community which you would like to support.
For example, Natural Knots' heirloom quality rugs are produced by hand in a village suburb of Kathmandu, Nepal.
Karen B. l Baltimore, Maryland