What do these Eco-Certifications mean?

Gans Digital is proud to work with partners and manufactures that are conscious of how their products impact the environment. Many of our products are certified to reduce waste, emissions, and pollution. Environmental certifications are mostly voluntary, multi-attribute, lifecycle based that indicate a product has undergone rigorous scientific testing, exhaustive auditing, or both, to prove its compliance with stringent, third-party, environmental performance standards. These standards set metrics for a wide variety of criteria in some or all of the following categories: materials; energy; manufacturing and operations; health and environment; product performance and use; and product stewardship and innovation.

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GREENGUARD – The Greenguard Certification creates standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air. Indoor air quality is closely tied to health and it is now common for building codes to have standards that meet certain Greenguard certifications. But be careful where you get your information from. Some Greenguard certifications allow for wall to wall coverage while others specify size limits per room or volume of space. If you need wall to wall coverage, HP Latex technologies are certified Gold

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ENERGY STAR – You see these everywhere from appliances to entire buildings. The certification program is about energy use and savings over similar standards. Beware that the judgment for Energy Star is not about how much electricity is used, but about how well it is saved compared to similar products. For printers, this could be as simple as having sleep modes on timers and low energy run modes that save you electricity. But don’t be fooled, it is not an accurate account of how much electricity is actually used to run.

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ECOLOGO- The ECOLOGO Certification Program was aquired by UL Environment, a division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) in 2010. ECOLOGO Certification is based on multiattribute, life cycle–based standards. All products certified to an ECOLOGO standard must meet or exceed each of the listed criteria before receiving the mark. ECOLOGO Certification is classified as an ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Type 1 ecolabel and has been successfully assessed by the Global Ecolabeling Network, further demonstrating its credibility.

Since its establishment in 1988, ECOLOGO has been recognized or referenced in more than 350 specifications and standards, and UL Environment has public affairs and outreach teams dedicated to continuing to enhance market adoption.

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EPEAT-EPEAT is a global rating system for greener electronics. Using EPEAT (“Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool”), purchasers in 43 countries can evaluate, compare and select electronics based on environmental attributes. EPEAT currently includes categories for PCs and Displays, Televisions, and Imaging Equipment (printers, copiers, scanners, multifunction devices, fax machines and mailing machines). Categories for Servers and Mobile Phones are in development.

EPEAT rates products on a lifecycle basis. The system addresses the elimination of toxic substances, the use of recycled and recyclable materials, product design for recycling, product longevity, energy efficiency, corporate performance and packaging attributes. Products are rated Gold, Silver or Bronze depending upon the number of environmental criteria they meet.

Manufacturers register products in EPEAT based on their attainment of standards developed in voluntary consensus processes that are open and transparent for all interested stakeholders. Manufacturers’ declarations are subject to ongoing verification to assure the Registry’s credibility.

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Émissions dans l'air intérieur – This is a French certification program similar to Greenguard in that it measures VOCs. It is intended as a test of emissions of decoration and furnishing products. It tests for known chemical VOC emissions and rates them on a  scale, giving products a letter rating from C to A+. Testing covers floor graphics, window graphics, paint and varnishes, and wall coverings.

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REACH – Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals. A European Commission standard which creates regulations for the risk and use of chemicals. Most print technologies today are REACH compliant, with aqueous and Latex being fully compliant with today’s standards.

MANY other standards are available and some are required to sell to countries outside North America, including AgBB8 in Germany and Japan Eco Mark from the office of Japan Environment Association.

To learn more about our products and how they impact the environment , contact Gans at sales@gansdigital.com