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Green speak can be pretty confusing. We’ve put together this green glossary to make it easier for you to make good choices for your office.
- Acid-Free - is paper that has a neutral or basic pH (7 or slightly greater). It can be made from any cellulose fiber as long as the active acid pulp is eliminated during processing. It is also lignin and sulfur free. Acid-free paper addresses the problem of preserving documents for long periods.
- ASTM 6400 Certifications - The ASTM D6400 certification was created under California Law AB2147 and is now considered a necessity to possess in order to produce and market products as degradable, biodegradable, or compostable.
- Biodegradable - The ability of a material to decompose through natural processes and eventually be reabsorbed by the natural environment. Biodegradable products include all plant and animal material, paper, food waste and fibers.
- Compostable - Organic wastes, including food and paper, decompose naturally, resulting in a produce rich in minerals and ideal for gardening and farming as a soil conditioner, mulch, resurfacing material, or landfill cover.
- Earth-Friendly - Produced in such a way to minimize any negative impact on the environment. Good examples of earth-friendly products are those that are biodegradable, chemical-free, or made of recycled post-consumer waste.
- Energy Efficient - Products and systems that use less energy to perform as well or better than standard products. While energy-efficient products sometimes have higher up-front costs, they tend to cost less over their lifetime when the cost of energy consumed is factored in.
- Energy Star - Run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy as part of a national effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Energy Star program evaluates consumer products and buildings for their energy efficiency. Products meeting certain standards earn an Energy Star label.
- FSC Certified - Products bearing the FSC logo, which guarantees that the wood from a certified well-managed forest, are available across the world from a variety of mills, manufacturers, and distributors.
- Green Seal - A Green Seal Certification Mark on a product means that it has gone through a stringent process to show that it has less impact on the environment and human health. Green Seal takes a life cycle assessment approach, evaluating a product from the raw materials through the manufacturing process and ending with recycling or disposal. Products only become certified after rigorous science-based evaluation, including on-site plant visits. The Green Seal means that the product has passed the tests; that it works as well as or better than others in its class, and that it has been evaluated without bias or conflict of interest.
- Pre-Consumer Materials – Materials generated by manufacturers and processors, and may consist of scrap, trimmings and other by-products that were never used in the consumer market.
- Post-Consumer Materials – An end product that has completed its life cycle as a consumer item and would otherwise have been disposed of as a solid waste. Post-consumer materials include recyclables collected in commercial and residential recycling programs, such as office paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, plastics and metals.
- Recyclable – Products made from raw or processed material that can be recovered from a waste stream for reuse.
- Recycled - Materials that have been taken from one product and made into a new product. The recycling process generally saves energy and reduces the need to extract additional raw resources from the earth.
- Recycled-Content - A recycled-content product is an item that contains recovered materials. Recovered materials are wastes that have been diverted from conventional disposal such as landfills for another use. Recovered materials include both pre-consumer and post-consumer wastes.
- Renewable Energy - Resources that can be replenished quickly after use so that they are not permanently diminished or depleted. Renewable energy sources include the sun (solar power), wind, flowing water and geothermal heat.
- SCS Certified - Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) is a global leader in independent certification and verification of environmental, sustainability, stewardship, food quality, food safety and food purity claims.
- SFI Certified - The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) certification ensures you are buying wood and paper products from a responsible source, backed by a rigorous, third-party certification audit.