The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels now includes The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus (GLP) certification program. CRI’s NSF/ANSI 140: Sustainability Assessment for Carpet was included in the same EPA guidelines as a multi-attribute standard earlier this year.
“We’re pleased that GLP products are now eligible for purchase under the federal procurement guidelines,” said CRI President Joe Yarbrough. “This reinforces that the rigorous analysis undertaken through the Green Label Plus program is among the best indoor air quality testing programs for flooring.”
The EPA’s recommendations guide U.S. government procurement practices. The EPA conducts evaluations through its Independent Assessment Entity and upon review the GLP program was approved as a single attribute standard. The GLP program qualified for inclusion, in part, because it is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
The Carpet and Rug Institute created the Green Label Plus program to identify carpets, adhesives, and cushions that meet stringent criteria for low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. To receive GLP certification, products must undergo a strict testing process. The voluntary testing program establishes the highest standard for indoor air quality ever set by the carpet industry.
“The Green Label Plus program continues to lead the industry and showcases the carpet industry’s commitment to creating products that promote indoor air quality,” added Yarbrough.