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SFI standards and rules

SFI Forest Management Standards Updated

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative has launched new standards and rules to promote sustainable forest management across the supply chain. A major change to the SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules is the establishment of three stand-alone standards: The SFI 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard promotes sustainable forestry practices based on 13 principles, … Read more »

Bacardi Good Spirited

Bacardi Rum Delivers Sustainable Packaging

Bacardi says it delivers its rum with sustainable packaging, from trees that generate cardboard containers, to production lines that bottle and box, to trucks that transport the product. As part of its Good Spirited environmental initiative, every cardboard container Bacardi rum uses for its packaging in North America originates from … Read more »

Stash

Stash Ditches SFI Eco-Label

Stash Tea has removed the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) logo from its products following allegations the certification program is controlled by the logging industry, Sustainable Business Oregon reports. Stash joins 24 other companies that have shunned the ecolabel including AT&T, Comcast, Office Depot and Southwest Airlines, according to Forest Ethics. … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Chrysler’s ISO 50001, GM’s LEED, Prop. 65

Chrysler Group’s Brampton Assembly Plant has achieved the ISO 50001 energy management standard with certification by TÜV, Plant reports. Investments in automated heating and ventilation management are projected to save about $2 million a year in electricity and natural gas costs, and lighting control projects are projected to save $110,000 a year. … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: McDonald’s, KFC Prop. 65 Suits; LEED for DuPont, Canon

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine asked California’s Second District Court of Appeal to revive lawsuits alleging that McDonald’s, KFC, Applebee’s and other restaurant chains did not give sufficient warning, under Proposition 65, that their chicken grilling creates a carcinogen, Law360 reports. Consumer Advocacy Group has threatened to sue Unified … Read more »

Environmental Executive Moves: BrownFlynn, SFI, ENVIRON, Progressive Waste Solutions

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. BrownFlynn: The CSR consulting firm has named Mike Wallace as managing director. Wallace (pictured) was formerly director of Global Reporting Initiative’s North American operations. Sustainable Forestry Initiative: The ecolabel has appointed Anne Giardini to its board of directors as a member … Read more »

Standards & Certification Briefing: CODA, EPEAT, Facts

CODA’s energy storage system – the CODA Core – has received ‘subject 1973’ safety standards certification from UL. The CODA 40kWh high-voltage system is the first commercial scale energy storage system specifically targeted for behind-the-meter use to be subjected to UL 1973 and pass. The Green Electronics Council expanded the EPEAT environmental … Read more »

Attract Shoppers with Recyclable In-Store Marketing

Windsor Marketing Group now offers fully recyclable skid pallets to its customers, which include more than 3,000 US retailers. The in-store marketing group says its Deep Green skid-pallet is a hexacomb-based paper pallet that contains about 11 percent recycled material. It can be made to hold any weight up to … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Water Quality Products, Sustainable Forestry, WEEE

3M Purification says it is the first company to achieve certification under the new WQA Product Sustainability standards from the Water Quality Association. 3M can now apply a sustainability label to six products, include water filtration devices for the home and water appliances. To carry the label, products must meet … Read more »

Office Depot Sets Stricter Paper Purchasing Rules

Office Depot Sets Stricter Paper Purchasing Rules

Office Depot has set stricter guidelines for purchasing paper from suppliers, including establishing minimum requirement for products claiming to contain recycled content and vowing to only buy virgin fiber certified under one or more forest certification schemes. The new paper guidelines, which update the company’s 2004 supply chain policy, were … Read more »

Standards and Compliance Briefing: SFI, LEED, EPD

Mohawk Group has issued its first environmental product declaration, for its EcoFlex ICT modular commercial floor covering. For the EPD, the company performed a life cycle assessment to capture impacts on energy, water use, material consumption, emissions and waste generation, following ISO standards and the EN 15804 standard for construction products. The … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: GM, Net Zero Energy, Arctic Climate

General Motors’ Rosario Automotive Complex is the first GM plant in the Americas, and the fifth globally, to obtain 50001 certification from the ISO.  To obtain the certification, GM Argentina trained 20 internal auditors for 20 hours, then trained 70 percent of the complex’s employees, contractors and suppliers on energy efficiency … Read more »