CRI Seal of Approval – Green Label and Green Label Plus

Friday April 03, 2009
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The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), overseer of the Green Label and Green Label Plus seal of approval, has one main purpose: To prove to the world that carpets and rugs can have a positive impact on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and one’s overall health. To do this, the Carpet and Rug Institute needed to have a way to set green, eco–friendly carpets with low levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) apart from those with high–levels of VOC that are potentially harmful to your health. As a result, CRI created their "seal of approval" program known as Green Label and Green Label Plus where they test and certify green carpet, green carpet backings, green carpet padding, and even green carpet adhesives as low VOC emitting.

Carpet a Rug Institutes CRI Green Label & CRI Green Label Plus LogosWhen carpet and carpet adhesives carry the Green Label Plus, which has the strictest VOC requirements of CRI’s two seals of approval, the carpet or adhesive has been tested for emissions of toxic chemicals such as styrene, formaldehyde, and acetaldehyde. The standards so are strict that the Green Label Plus exceeds California Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) testing criteria. Emissions must fall under the strict maximum allowance set by the Carpet and Rug Institute for carpet to be certified as a CRI’s Green Label Plus carpet.

Currently, carpet padding can receive the Green Label, but not the Green Label Plus. This is because the rigorous testing standards have not yet been established to quality carpet padding for the prestigious Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) Green Label Plus, though plans are in the works for this.

When you purchase carpet with CRI’s Green Label Plus seal of approval and padding with CRI’s Green label seal of approval, you can rest assured that you have made a healthy flooring choice that is allergy friendly and safe for those with asthma as well.

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