When manufacturers create recycled products, they help keep materials out of landfill and groundwater and encourage new circular markets. Minimising the consumption of virgin resources can save water and energy as well as reduce pollution.
However, not all recycled products can be considered equal when it comes to the environmental, health and social impacts generated during their manufacture, use and disposal. So, GECA has developed the Recycled Products standard to define sustainable performance benchmarks for these products throughout their entire life cycle.
The standard sets requirements that aim to provide a benefit by:
avoiding the illegal harvest of wood and fibre for raw materials
reducing the use and subsequent release of environmentally harmful substances to the environment at all stages of the product’s life cycle, including ozone depleting substances
encouraging recovery, reuse, recycling and responsible disposal of materials and packaging
preventing the use of specific hazardous materials and toxic heavy metals such as known carcinogens and mutagens
ensuring workers and suppliers through the supply chain can expect fair pay, equal opportunity, and a safe working environment
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the very urgent need for us to work together as an international community to address global environmental and social problems. At GECA, we think the stage is set for a new era that celebrates the need for and the benefits of collaboration and transparency while embracing circular economy thinking.Read More See all news
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