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International Living Future Institute partners with GreenCircle Certified to boost transparency

declare-picSeattle, Wash.—To boost product transparency, International Living Future Institute created Declare, a “nutrition-label” for products that provide a clear, elegant and informative method to disclose a product’s ingredients. Originally envisioned as a voluntary program to accelerate transparency as quickly as possible, Declare now provides product manufacturers the option for an additional level of confidence—third party validation from trusted 3rd party verifiers. The first product to achieve a third party verified Declare label (Declare 3PV) is Mannington Mills, verified by GreenCircle Certified, for its modular carpet product, rEvolve.

“Declare is designed to transform the building materials marketplace through transparency and open communication,” said James Connelly, director of the Living Product Challenge for the Institute. “The Declare product database now has over 800 products listed, simplifying the materials specification and certification process so that designers can quickly and easily identify products that meet the stringent requirements of the Living Building Challenge. We are changing the built environment one purchase and one label at a time, but taken together these efforts are leading to a transformation across the building industry to embrace transparency and toxic chemical avoidance.”

rEvolve from Mannington Commercial is a modular carpet backing system that combines with nylon 6,6 or nylon 6 yarn to create a vinyl alternative product. rEvolve is constructed out of non-vinyl thermoplastic polyolefin containing a minimum of 35% total recycled content by total product weight with a minimum of 10% post-consumer material. According to the company’s Declare label, the product is Red List Free, CDPH compliant and demonstrates 99% ingredient disclosure. All data reported on the label has been screened and verified by GreenCircle confirming the accuracy of Mannington’s claims.

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Metroflor puts spotlight on transparency at Greenbuild

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-2-55-20-pmNorwalk, Conn.—Metroflor/Halstead’s chief sustainability officer Rochelle Routman will lead a panel during the Greenbuild Conference and Expo—“E13 The Path to Red List Free: Product Ingredient Transparency”—Oct. 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. She will be one of four building product suppliers who will weigh in on their success in eliminating red list chemicals from select product lines.

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-2-55-28-pmOther panelists include: Tracy Backus, director of sustainable programs at Teknion, Bill Strang, president of operations and ecommerce at TOTO USA and Julian Crawford, CEO at Imperial Paints.

“Attendees will get an ‘inside look’ at how four diverse building products companies are sharing ingredients data and blazing a trail in red list free offerings,” Routman said. “From small to large and from on-shore to off-shore, you will hear from each company about their unique perspective on the challenges, and opportunities with regard to product transparency and their commitment to the elimination of red list ingredients in their products and supply chain.”

To register, visit http://bit.ly/2cNKNfQ