Environmental self-declarations include all claims made by manufacturers of products that are not reviewed by a third party. Because they are not verified, these statements can cause confusion for consumers and can be questionable.The value of an environmental statement rests on the assurance that the information provided is credible, objective and easy to understand for consumers. In contrast to self-declared environmental claims, recognized environmental certifications provide this assurance. Not only do they make life easier for consumers, they also benefit manufacturers by setting fair rules and by standardizing terminology.
To date, in Canada, there is only one recognized environmental certification: EcoLogo. The leaf logo for products sold in the Canadian market and the half-moon logo for products sold outside the Canadian market.
The EcoLogo program, established by the Government of Canada in 1988, certifies environmental products and services in more than 120 categories, including cleaning products. EcoLogo certifies sustainable products and services on the basis of several criteria relating to each category of products and services. This certification is not mandatory, but we see it more and more because of the enthusiasm of consumers for “green” products and the growing recognition of the famous logo.
It is important to note that in addition to environmental criteria, EcoLogo also evaluates the effectiveness of products. In other words, an EcoLogo certified product is an environmental choice whose effectiveness has been tested.
The EcoLogo program is internationally recognized. It is analyzed by the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) and it meets the ISO 14024 eco-certification criteria.
Overall, the requirements of each of these certification programs converge towards similar objectives:
- the reduction of impacts on the aquatic environment
- prohibition of dangerous substances in the composition of products
- biodegradability in 28 days
- an efficiency at least equal to the non-ecological competing productss
In the field of wood and paper and cardboard, there is the FSC certification, which stands for the Forest Stewardship Council. This certification is based on principles and criteria of forest management. For more information on the subject: Click here.
In addition, our products are approved by Health Canada for use in food processing plants.