The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) launched their Green Label program to test carpet, cushions and adhesives to identify products with very low emissions of VOCs. Volatile organic compounds are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors.¹
In this blog, we want to share with you a few facts about the Green Label program.
- CRI has two designations-Green Label and Green Label Plus. Carpets with the Green Label meet decent criteria for low emissions. Green Label Plus products meet the most stringent criteria for low chemical emissions.
- Green Label and Green Label Plus ensure that customers are purchasing among the lowest emitting carpet, adhesive and cushion products on the market.
- CRI designed the Green Label and Green Label Plus programs for architects, builders, specifiers and facility mangers who want assurances that carpet and adhesive products meet the most stringent criteria for low chemical emissions.
- Green Label carpet program has such a positive impact on the indoor environment that the American Lung Association approves its use in its Healthy Homes programs.
- Green Label Plus represents the fourth time the carpet industry has voluntarily enhanced the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) standard for its products.
- The enhanced Green Label Plug program sets an even higher standard for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and ensures that customers are purchasing the very lowest emitting products on the market.
- The Green Label Plus symbol indicates that the manufacturer voluntarily participates in the program by committing to developing ways to minimize any adverse effects on indoor air quality and a representative sample of the product type has been tested and certified by an independent laboratory and meets the established emissions requirements.
- The CRI Green Label Plus program meets and exceeds the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) testing protocols. CHPS is a consortium of public agencies and California utilities that has identified low-emitting materials criteria for use in schools.
- The American Nation Standard Institue (ANSI) has tested and evaluated the Green Label Plus program and determined its compliance with relevant standards. It is the first and only accredited green carpet program in the U.S.
- Using scientifically established standards, the Green Label Plus program symbolizes the carpet industry’s commitment to a better environment for living, working, learning and healing.
If you are concerned about asthma, allergies or VOCs, be sure to ask about Green Label and Green Label Plus carpet, cushion and adhesive options. These carpets will bring beauty to your home and keep your family healthy.
Call us today if you have any questions about Green Label carpets or if you would like to schedule a free consultation. 713.880.2882