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Global GreenTag International Launches new Asthma & Allergy Sensitive™ Certification

A new, robust product transparency assessment for people with asthma & allergy sensitivities launches under the Global GreenTag International Product Health Declaration (GreenTag PHD™) service.

Many motivating factors, generated by indoor health impact studies, demand from manufacturers a more robust product assessment for people who suffer with asthma and allergies. Global GreenTag International has answered this call with the introduction of a new Asthma and Allergy Sensitive™ assessment under its Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration (GreenTag PHD™) and ‘In use healthiness’ toxicity assessment rating scheme – HealthRATE™.

Increasing numbers of indoor studies highlight the need to provide more thorough, product assessments that drill down beyond the ingredients’ toxicity, before products are produced to determine whether the final manufactured products are also safe for people with asthma and allergy sensitivities. This is according to David Baggs, Program Director for Global GreenTag’s product certification programs who said:

 “There is a much greater need to provide consumers, and particularly professionals who are engaged in architecture, interior design and construction reporting and ranking with information that, not only reveals the toxicity of individual ingredients in products, but also with information if any of the ingredients are recognised as asthma or allergy triggers, by one of the world’s foremost professional associations that represent clinicians engaged in studying and treating environmental illness.

“Asthma and allergies cannot be simply lumped together, as they can be triggered by both natural and synthetic compounds, as well as organisms and elements in the indoor environment,” said David who also serves as CEO of Global GreenTag International (GGTI) and is a co-founder of GGTI and the Global GreenTag Product Certification Standard with Mary-Lou Kelly, GGTI’s Managing Director.

David added:

“While many aspects like dust, dust mites and pollen are typically beyond the study of products, we wanted to improve upon this area of product certification and provide a more robust and clearly defined assessment that demonstrates how a product stands up, health-wise, from the point of view of toxicity as well as asthma and allergies.

“Surfaces that contain compounds that trigger contact dermatitis or Volatile or Semi Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs & SVOCs) or products that generate fine particulates as they age and are released from products, can trigger people with lung or skin allergies.” 

In the case of products contributing to the exacerbation of asthma and allergy outbreaks, indoor environment studies implicate that categories, including bedding, carpets, flooring, furniture, fabrics, paints, personal care and cleaning products, can all be part of the problem: 

  • A 2019 study of indoor chemical pollution in the dwellings and workplaces of 109 French farmers linked respiratory health issues, including asthma from exposure to particulate matter and Volatile Organic Compounds … asthma (9.3%) was positively associated with elevated exposure to the chemicals of benzene, trichloroethylene and halogenated hydrocarbons.
  • A 2016 study published by the American Chemical Society (ACS) found a concerning combination of chemicals present and leaching or gassing off from products that people take in daily through their skin and airways, noting that indoor dust is a reservoir for commercial consumer product chemicals, including many compounds with known or suspected health effects.
  • A 2015 published indoor study of a childcare centre in Seoul in South Korea conducted continuous monitoring of indoor pollutant levels 24 hours a day for 12 months. The study revealed that incidences of the allergy Atopic Dermatitis increased amongst 30 pupils with the condition. Outbreaks were linked to VOCs and Particulate Matter and this was reaffirmed when the outbreaks continued as the centre re-located to a newer and better-ventilated building. 

Global GreenTag Asthma & Allergy Sensitive™ certification is undertaken in combination with the Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration (PHD™) and HealthRATE™ “Healthiness in Use’ rating scheme. The process involves:

  • Undergoing a separate assessment of products under the Asthma & Allergy Sensitive and HealthRATE processes, where manufacturers must provide 100 percent transparency of product information down to 100ppm of individual ingredients.
  • Applying analysis of product information, which deepens identification of products, as safe to be used, in environments, for people with asthma and allergy sensitivities.
  • Comparing against data, provided by the international list of compounds, identified by the US Association for Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC), which specialise in the prevention and treatment of occupational and environmental illnesses, including identifying the internal and external triggers of asthma and allergies that can lead to respiratory and skin issues. This is to ensure that products awarded the Asthma and Allergy Sensitive™ claim do not contain compounds proven to cause reactions in even a single person above the declaration threshold of 100ppm.
  • Providing manufacturers with a detailed product transparency report they can use to support tenders on projects; notably to submit to projects registered for building certifications under programs that formally recognise Global GreenTag’s PHD. These include WELL under the International WELL™ Building Institute, and LEED® under the US Green Building Council, and soon others.

Once products, which have undergone these processes and have been assessed as eligible, they can be awarded HealthRATE rankings and, additionally with an Asthma & Allergy Sensitive™ Mark, so that manufacturers can rank their products in the marketplace and promote them with either a BronzeHEALTH, SilverHEALTH, GoldHEALTH or PlatinumHEALTH rating together with the Asthma and Allergy Sensitive™ claim. These Marks enable consumers and professionals to understand not only the healthiness of products from a toxicity point of view but also the asthma and allergy sensitivity value of a product, at a glance.

For more information and comment about the HealthRATE and Asthma & Allergy Sensitive claim system, please contact Global GreenTag International:

David Baggs (CEO & Program Director)

Email: david.baggs@globalgreentag.com

Phone: 1300 669 997  (Australia free call) or   +61 7 3399 9686

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Download the Global GreenTag International Asthma & Allergy Sensitive™ brochure

More about Global GreenTag International

Global GreenTag currently has more than 16,000 products under certification in over 22 countries, used in buildings and offices throughout Australia and the world.

Voted one of the Top 100 Most Trusted Brands in Australia over 4 years running, Global GreenTag International simplifies the selection of environmentally sustainable, healthy and ethical products for industries like Architecture, Design and Construction, Personal Care, and Cleaning,  using Global GreenTag CertTM  one of the most scientifically advanced, product certification and declaration systems in the world. 

Global GreenTag CertTM assesses and then ranks products through leading LCA based product ecolabelling and rating schemes. It also provides third party, assessed product declaration programs, including an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), a Product Health Declaration (PHD) and a Modern Slavery Declaration (MSD) program, the first product level declaration of its kind in the world, designed to help manufacturers and procurement teams eliminate incidences of modern slavery in global supply chains.

Helping professionals to make informed decisions about preferred green and ethical products to protect both the health of environment, workers and consumers, Global GreenTag launched its Certification Mark in 2010. Registered in Australia, the United States and Canada as a third-party certification body, Global GreenTag is the only “one-stop” operator related to the world’s four major green building rating tools (LEED/WELL/GreenStar/BREEAM). 

At the same time, it is also one of the certification bodies with the most ISO international standards compliance in the world. Globally, Global GreenTag certification is the first certification mark approved by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the United States Patent and Trademark Office and recognised or compliant with all the major global Green Building Rating Tools.

Global GreenTag Launching in the USA

Global GreenTag International is currently launching its USA operations with the formal in country launch at the GREENBUILD International Conference and Expo in Chicago (November 14-16) with a new globalgreentag.us website, Global GreenTag’s array of advanced product certification services and machine automated global data hub presences.

The company is also currently deeply in talks regarding USA sales and marketing representation and is also reviewing expressions of interest from professionals in the North American market with experience in manufacturer focussed technical consulting and facilitation.

It is a perfect time for GreenTag to be opening in the US,” says David Baggs, Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director.

“We will be positioned at the GREENBUILD expo as part of the Mindful Materials Pavilion and will be taking an active role in a public workshop, teaming up with GIGA’s innovative product data hub – ORIGIN.build to launch our full API enabled directory of certified green building materials and products on the platform for use by US and global built environment professionals and to work with ecomedes to officially launch the entrance of GreenTag certified products available in the US on ecomedes.com – the largest database of curated building product information needed for US Federal and State green building compliance.

Global GreenTag is already recognized in the US by the International WELL™ Building Standard and is compliant with the US Green Building Council’s LEED® v4 building rating program. The USGBC and IWBI agreed ‘WELL and LEED Crosswalk’ document provides the guidance professionals need to understand the inter-relationships between these important rating tools and in effect, Global GreenTag as well.

“GreenTag has come a long way since launching Global GreenTag Certification just a few years ago,” says David. “We were the first company in the world to introduce an LCA based product rating ecolabel scheme that today certifies nearly 2000 products for approximately 200 companies with factories in over 22 countries, many of which are USA manufactured or available.” He then went on to comment “We are also the only ‘One-Stop’ rating system globally for the major green building rating tools including WELL, LEED and Green Star”.

For the US market, GreenTag shall be introducing some new services. The Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration (PhD) that uniquely rates the healthiness of products in use with an ‘In-use healthiness’ HealthRATE™ Mark.  Additionally, Global GreenTag’s EN 15804 compliant Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Program will also be launched to additionally give US made products a CarbonRATE™ Mark.”

“We look forward to engaging more deeply with leaders in the sustainability field and contributing to the trajectory of greening the US and world-wide built environment,” said David.

“The strength of Global GreenTag has always been its deep, multi-attribute, scientifically robust technical basis, which is embedded in world leading research and green design. We have been described by product manufacturers in a number of countries as having the most meaningful sustainability scorecard in the world, and our Standard demands that product claims be proven beyond any doubt, and that’s very important to us. Which is why our Standard continues to evolve, to meet the needs of progressive manufacturers developing new benchmarks in green product design, both significantly healthier and beyond business as usual products.” He said.

If you would like to enquire further about Global GreenTag International opening in North America, please email:ceo@globalgreentag.com or phone: +61 07 3399 9686.

More about David Baggs

CEO of Global GreenTag International and Program Director of Global GreenTagCertTM , David Baggs has led Global GreenTag to become one of the most advanced product certification services and marks in the world for the sustainable building industries; including being named one of the Top 100 Most Trusted Building Sector Brands in Australia..

David Baggs is also a multi-award winning green building architect and renowned for being the materials, energy and sustainability consultant for the build of the Sydney 2000 green Olympics and many other benchmark green building projects since. His experience in the green building sector spans 40 years and he was voted one of Australia’s Top 50 Green Leaders and one of theTop 100 Sustainability Leaders Globally in a six continent poll. David is also an Exemplar Global Lead Auditor and a Past President of the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society.

 

More about Global GreenTag International

Global GreenTag International simplifies the selection of sustainable products for the green building, interiors and infrastructure sectors, using Global GreenTagCertTM  one of the most scientifically advanced certification systems and standards in the world.

With Headquarters in Australia, Global GreenTag International currently has wholly owned companies in South Africa and Malaysia, Licensee sales and marketing operations in China, and a pending PhD only Licensee in the UK and EU. 

Global GreenTag Certificates, PhDs and EPDs are also recognised with in major international green building, interior, infrastructure and design, as-built and performance rating tools.  These include Green Star®, BREEAM International, Green Mark International, Infrastructure Sustainability rating tool and several country based programs including LOTUS (Vietnam) and MyHIJAU (Malaysia). GreenTag EPDs and PhDs are also LEED v4.0 compliant.

The Global GreenTag certification process assesses and ranks products through leading Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) based product ecolabelling, rating, Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and Product Health Declaration (PhD) programs.

In fact, Global GreenTagCertTM was the first certification standard in the world to implement unique ‘Beyond LCA’ life cycle product assessment (LCA), a first ever ‘Net Positive’ benefit analysis, and more recently also HealthRATE™, CarbonRATE™ Marks together with Best Environmental Practice PVC assessments to deepen the certification and rating of green building, interiors, infrastructure, personal, cleaning and consumables products for both B2B and B2C sectors.

Subsequently, Global GreenTag certification has become one of the most trusted marks behind some of world’s most iconic brands who are all working to reverse their manufacturing impacts on the environment and human health. Brands including Interface, Polyflor, Mohawk, Karndean, Herman Miller, Knauf, Kingspan, AMF, Armstrong, Tarkett, Vertilux, Verosol, DuPont, CSR, Boral USG, Herman Miller, Porcelanosa, and many more.

Global GreenTag International continuously extends boundaries of product certification as an externally certified ISO 9001 organisation, ISO 17065 compliant conformance assessment body and ISO 14024 compliant ecolabelling program.

Its Global GreenTagCertTM  certification standard is also recognised by leading green building programs – Green Star® NZ, Australia and Africa, WELLTM  Building Standard, Vietnam Green building Council’s LOTUS® tool, ‘IS’ (Infrastructure, Sustainability, Australia and NZ), Malaysia’s MyHIJAU labelling program, EnviroDevelopment™ and compliant with relevant USBGC LEED v4 Materials credits.

Global GreenTag has also attracted many industry awards that recognise its contribution to green product certification. In 2015 and 2016, Australia’s ‘Architecture and Design’ and ‘Infolink’ readers voted Global GreenTag as one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Trusted Brands and in 2016-2017, it became the only ecolabel in Australia to feature in the Top 100 most trusted brands. A total of 23 companies and brands ie 23% of the Top 100 Most Trusted Brands in Australia certified or under certification with Global GreenTag International– also won positions in the 2016-17 readers’ readers’ poll, including first place overall for GreenTag manufacturer –Weathertex.

In 2013 Global GreenTag was honoured to receive, the construction sector Banksia Award, Australia’s Premier Sustainability awards.

Global GreenTagCertTM operates under the following international standards

  • Externally certified to ISO 9001 for Quality Management
  • Externally verified as compliant to:
  • ISO 14024 for Type 1 (Third Party) Ecolabels and
  • ISO 17065 for Conformance Assessment Bodies
  • Certification is compliant to ISO 14040 & ISO 14044 for LCA
  • ISO 14067 for Greenhouse Gas calculation
  • ISO 14025 for Environmental Product Declarations and
  • ISO 21930 and EN 15804 for specific need EPDs
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), US Trade Marks & Patents Office, Canadian IP Office Approved Certification Mark, Trade Marks Madrid Protocol and EU Common Mark Registered.

See also: www.globalgreentag.com, www.globalgreentag.cn, www.globalgreentag.co.za www.globalgreentag.us (launching soon)