TEN WAYS TO KNOW GREEN WHEN YOU SEE IT

Source: GreenFloors.com

Torn between two of your favorite green flooring options.  Use the following checklist to compare ten of the most important green attributes.

GF RATING TABLE APPLIES TO EXPLANATION
1. Social responsibility  Manufacturer  Socially responsible and enlightened company to workers and customers and embraces environmental practices. 
2.Manufacturer  Processes Manufacturer methods are environmentally  responsible and are not detrimental to the environment.
3. Distribution Methods Distribution uses environmentally friendly and innovative methods of distribution i.e. packaging and transportation. LEED credits given for purchasing local  materials.
4. Renewable Product Made with renewable materials. Definition – raw materials can be replaced within _ years.
5. Recycled Content              Product Made with recycled materials. Percentage of post-industrial vs. post consumer materials.
6. Recyclability Product Content of product is mostly recyclable and can be disposed of safely or reused in manufacture of same product or downsized for another product
7. Toxicity Product Does not contain toxic materials. Meets accepted air quality standards.
8. Life Cycle Product Designed for extended life cycle to reduce costs per year and impact on   the environment.
9.  Installation Product Can be installed in an environmentally friendly manner i.e. using low VOC adhesives.
10. Maintenance Product Can be maintained in an environmentally friendly manner i.e., low toxic cleaning chemicals and low water consumption.
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