Sustainability Quality Label Glossary | WINTER & COMPANY

SUSTAINABILITY QUALITY LABEL GLOSSARY

AGENDA 21

Agenda 21 is a program for sustainable development, the result of the Rio Summit in 1992. It is summarized in a 40-chapter text, whose main objective is to achieve the change in behavior that humanity must have regarding the interaction with the environment.

BLUE ANGEL

The Blue Angel is an Ecolabel from Germany that has been promoting environmentally friendly products and services since 1978. The invisible should become visible to consumers, retailers and manufacturers. The eco-label is awarded to manufacturers, who can label their products with it on a voluntary basis. The Blue Angel is a member of the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN), an association of 26 eco-label organisations worldwide.

BIODIVERSITY

Biodiversity is understood as the variability of living organisms from any source, and the diversity within each species, between the species and the ecological complexes that are part.

BP

Biological Processes: These are the processes that are carried out in wastewater by oxidation and / or reduction of organic matter by aerobic or anaerobic microorganisms.

BR

Biological Resources: Are those components of biodiversity that allow direct, indirect or potential use for humanity.

COMPOSTABLE

Compostable (ISO Standard EN13432) While all compostable material is biodegradable, not all biodegradable material is compostable. The primary difference between the two is that while biodegradable materials return to nature, they can disappear completely and sometimes leave metal residue, but compostable materials create something called humus, or nutrient-rich, water-retaining soil that plants love. There are 2 types of composting, Industrial and Home, both have there own accreditation.

CP 65

California Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. By providing this information, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed
decisions about protecting themselves from exposure to these chemicals. Proposition 65 also prohibits California businesses from knowingly discharging significant amounts of listed chemicals into sources of drinking water. Proposition 65 became law in November 1986.

CPSIA

USA Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act – This report will present an overview of issues regarding the implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). In addition to strengthening the regulatory and enforcement authority of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the new law established new safety standards, such as those for lead content and  phthalates, and testing and certification requirements, focusing particularly on children’s products.


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