Green Label Plus: The Carpet Industry’s Commitment to Indoor Air Quality
The carpet industry has a long history of creating products that provide numerous benefits, especially for indoor air quality. Today, indoor air quality (IAQ) is an important environmental consideration, especially since we spend approximately 90 percent of our time indoors. In 1992, CRI launched its Green Label program to test carpet, cushions, and adhesives to help specifiers identify products with very low emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). In the 2000s, CRI launched the Green Label Plus programs for carpet, adhesives, and cushion. These enhanced programs set higher standards for IAQ and let customers know they are purchasing the very lowest emitting products available on the market. Using scientifically established standards, the Green Label Plus program symbolizes the carpet industry’s commitment to creating a better indoor environment.
Green Label Plus Guides Federal Government Purchases
The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus (GLP) program is recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing. This recognition places the GLP program as a top-tier program for certification. The Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels help federal purchasers identify and procure environmentally preferable products and services.
Green Label Plus Raises the Bar
Green Label Plus is an example of CRI’s leadership in the best practices of environmental responsibility. Look for the CRI Green Label Plus logo as proof that the product has been tested and certified by an independent laboratory and has met stringent criteria for low emissions.
- UL Solutions handles the testing of carpet, adhesive, and cushion samples for CRI using the most current, dynamic environmental chamber technology. The test methodology was developed in cooperation with the U.S. EPA and has been adopted by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) as D5116 – Standard Guide for Small-Scale Environmental Chamber Determinations of Organic Emissions from Indoor Materials/Products.
Quick Facts about Green Label Plus
- The Green Label Plus symbol informs customers that they are purchasing the lowest emitting carpet, adhesive, and cushion products on the market.
- CRI designed the Green Label Plus program for architects, builders, specifiers, and facility managers who want assurance that carpet, adhesive, and cushion products meet the most stringent criteria for low chemical emissions.
- Green Label Plus represents the fourth time the carpet industry has voluntarily enhanced the IAQ standard for its products.
The GLP Quality Manual is a primary document in the CRI Green Label Plus Quality System. It is intended to define the administrative aspects and requirements of the Green Label Plus Carpet, Cushion, and Adhesive program.
The Processes and Procedure Manual is a primary document in the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus (GLP) program. This manual serves as a guide to all processes and procedures within the GLP program, including testing, handling, private labeling and other administrative functions. This manual applies to all GLP Certification Team members, contracted personnel, and participants…
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