Green Products to Receive NSF Certification

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Now that people are realizing the value in green products, there’s a lot of “greenwashing” happening by companies who want you to believe that their products are green, even when it’s not 100% true. So what can consumers do to ensure the products they believe to be green truly are? One important thing to look for is a third-party certification by a non-profit entity.

Take for instance the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). It certifies that wood products are grown and harvested from well managed forests. Another organization, the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), was formed decades ago to create safety standards for food, water and consumer goods, and has now turned its attention to verify sustainability standards for flooring, carpeting, textiles, furniture, and roofing membranes. The Ann Arbor, Michigan based non-profit has awarded its first certification to a Mannington Mills, Inc of Salem, NJ.

Products that are verified to meet high environmental standards are likely to also meet the popular LEED certification standards of the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the benchmark for which green buildings are measured against across the country.

Other third-party certifications for sustainable consumer products include Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), GreenGuard, Energy Star, WaterSense, and Cradle-to-Cradle.

Source: Everything Michigan

Tag(s): Green Building, Green Furnishings

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