Global GreenTag’s trusted certification standards are recognised across the world. Their product scorecard is essentially a “nutrition label” advising how sustainable a product is – using six sustainability assessment criteria (SAC) and a corresponding EcoPOINT indicator, after undergoing a full Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for health and environmental impacts and benefits. 

For building and interior products, it shows that the product has the potential to make buildings, interiors or infrastructure more efficient, by making the design, other elements or technologies more effective.  

What is the GreenTag EcoPOINT? 

The weighted average of all SAC is shown as a single number that demonstrates the overall sustainability of a product and the level of certification awarded. Together with an LCA Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum rating, it allows for comparison between certified products that perform the same function to determine which product is more sustainable i.e., between flooring products such as carpets, ceramic tiles, rubber, cork, vinyl and timber. 

Reading the scorecard 

Product performance for each of the six SAC is shown by the length and colour of the green arrow for each criteria. 

For more accuracy, look at each SAC EcoPOINT score of between -1 and +1, explained as: 

+1 = a worst case “business as usual” product. 

0 = a planet and health neutral product, with excellent ethics. 

-1 = a product that takes existing impacts away from the environment and is a “net-positive” product. 

By using the Global GreenTag product scorecard, manufacturers can highlight their products’ features, which makes it suitable for use in the growing green marketplace. Consumers and professionals can select sustainable products with confidence. 

Global GreenTag certified products pass the world’s toughest standards for health, eco performance and safety, and are recognised by major green rating schemes. 

Full acknowledgement and thanks go to https://www.globalgreentag.co.za for the information in this editorial. 

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