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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

More about David Baggs – BIO LINK

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.

Meet the NAC: Simon Dorries of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd

Simon Dorries, Chief Executive of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd brings extensive experience in product certification to his role as a member of Global GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee (NAC).

“We are honoured to have Simon on our NAC committee. His background in standards development for the wood products industry is exemplary,” says David Baggs, GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director.  With over 30 years experience in the sector, Simon is well regarded as a leading international expert in the manufacture, quality control and product certification of wood and engineered wood products.

Simon took up his position with Australian Forestry Standard Ltd after nine years as Chief Executive of the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia.  He has been actively involved in standards development for two decades.

In addition to his role with Australian Forestry Standard, Simon also is chairperson of Standards Australia Committee TM-011 Engineered Wood Products, which governs product standards for a range of glued wood products including plywood, laminated veneer lumber, particleboard, medium density fibreboard and glue laminated timber.

Simon also has experience in technical promotion, education and training, standards and codes development, brand promotion and recognition, and research and development.

Other representatives on GreenTag’s committee for Building Products are:

Professional Associations

Scott Bagnell –Design Institute of Australia (DIA)

Stephen Claridge – Building Designers Association QLD

Industry Associations

Sophi MacMillan  – Vinyl Institute

Meriel Chamberlin – Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

Narelle Chenerry – Australian Certified Organic

University

Dr Dominique Hes  – University of Melbourne

Community/Env NGO

Jo Immig   – Australian Toxics Network

LCA Specialist Comes to GreenTag

Global GreenTag’s full-time  Product Certification Team are now all multi-degree graduates and we are happy to welcome a brilliant new  member to the team  – Nana Bortsie-Aryee

Nana has a considerable  track record in sustainability and environmental management on the global stage in both developed and developing countries.  He has applied his skills as an LCA, industrial ecology  researcher and solutions provider in projects from Africa to the United States to Germany, Eastern Europe, Asia and more recently, in New Zealand.

Nana has authored and co-authored  a number of publications concerned with the integration of Life Cycle Analysis thinking and practices. He holds a number of degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the Unviersity of Ghana,  two Masters degrees from Germany and Japan,  and he is soon to receive his Doctorate  degree  from the University of Otago, New Zealand on a thesis titled: Water Footprinting: Theory to Reality – Building competitive advantage around water management in New Zealand Livestock Agriculture

Experienced in planning and implementation of transdisciplinary sustainable projects, sustainability assessments and strategy development, including material flow analysis and comprehensive data management, Nana’s interests encompass the growth of renewable energy systems, clean technologies, sustainable waste management, sustainable water management, industrial material flow management and regional material flow management.

We asked Nana some questions:

 

What and or who inspired you to follow the sustainability path?

It was the fact that natural resources in my home country were being used without consideration of the environment and the negative impact on the health and livelihoods of the locals.

How important is LCA in product certification?

LCA causes companies to show proof of their processes from an environmental perspective and also improves transparency for product certification.

What is the significance of the tools that GreenTag has developed as part of it’s certification standard?

Companies need to show proof of answers in their Sustainability Declarations and the GreenTag certification approach provides a range of tools which use key sustainability indicators to investigate the progress made on these declarations.

And, why did you choose GreenTag to join?

GreenTag is a major reputable sustainability auditing brand that has its processes and procedures based on recognised international standards. Based on my training, this is a perfect organisation to continue to grow as a sustainability practitioner. The organisation also allows for growth and is perfect for me in terms of their long term growth strategy and my career direction.

What is your message to manufacturers?

Sustainability is not just talk, it can be done and we can help you achieve that through our processes.