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Furniture Tip-Over and Outdoor Furniture Recalls Continue

You may have read some communications from UL about furniture tip-over and the damage it can have on your brand reputation. Or you’ve seen stories in the news about real-world examples of items such as dressers tipping over, either trapping children, and on some instances, causing deaths. These safety risks continue to negatively affect the furniture industry and this blog post serves to bring more awareness to the issue. [...]

Sustainable Procurement: It’s Not Just for Government Anymore

Initially driven by federal, state and local government procurement agencies, requirements and executive mandates, sustainable purchasing is quickly becoming a widespread best practice for businesses of all kinds. Government agencies were the first to dive in and experience both the challenges and advantages of purchasing goods that support human health and the environment. But thanks to the many benefits associated with selecting greener products and services, sustainable procurement is now coming to a local business near you. [...]

Five Years of Waste Diversion at the Phoenix Open

2017 marks the fifth year that UL Environment has partnered with Waste Management to validate the Waste Management Phoenix Open (WMPO) waste diversion activities. The WMPO, which is the largest PGA event with over 500,000 attending over seven days, takes place January 30 – February 5. In 2013, when UL Environment first validated the Waste Management Phoenix Open (WMPO), it was a milestone for waste diversion at events and especially so for an event the size of the WMPO. [...]

UL GREENGUARD Certification Now Included in EPA Standards for US Federal Government

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that UL GREENGUARD Certification is now included in the EPA’s Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for US federal government procurement. These recommendations are the result of a multi-year stakeholder process, jointly led by the EPA and General Services Administration (GSA), and are designed to put a more formal and rigorous process around identifying standards and certifications that comply with the federal government’s sustainable purchasing requirements. As we have previously mentioned, the president’s Executive Order 13693 requires that 95% of all federal purchasing be environmentally preferable products and services that meet these standards. [...]

EPA Formaldehyde Rule Published in the Federal Register

The long awaited EPA regulation on formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products, TSCA Title VI, was published in the Federal Register on December 12, 2016. This will set in motion requirements that will help reduce formaldehyde exposure from particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF), and hardwood plywood which are some of the most prevalent indoor sources. A pre-publication of the rule was released by EPA in July and UL posted a blog about the requirements, which can be found here. [...]

UL Environment Joins Board of Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing

  MARIETTA, Ga., December 15, 2016 – UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science leader, announced today that UL Environment’s Craig Rowlands, PhD, DABT, senior toxicologist, will serve as an advisory board member of Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) and UL Environment’s Anne Bonhoff, PhD, global head of chemistry, will serve as an advisory board member of the European branch (CAAT-Europe) located at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Led by Thomas Hartung, MD, PhD, the Doerenkamp-Zbinden Professor and Chair for Evidence-Based Toxicology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, CAAT is dedicated to research, validation and advancement of alternative methods of testing, and has been operating in the U. [...]

UL Hosts Three Zero Waste to Landfill Conferences in Asia

UL recently hosted a series of half-day seminars, “The Journey to Zero Waste”, in Taipei, Shanghai and Guangzhou, focusing on waste reduction and how companies can work towards a more sustainable business and world. These seminars, which drew more than 150 attendees, were held on October 18, 21 and 26, 2016 were part of an inaugural conference which included topics such as: UL’s Environmental Claim Validation Protocol (ECVP) 2799, Zero Waste to Landfill, the world’s first standard to define, manage and measure discarded material transported off-site as waste Governmental understanding of Zero Waste Technical update for waste disposal and risk control Waste reduction and diversion programs are quickly being adopted by companies across the globe to achieve sustainability goals and realize business benefits. Leading companies such as Apple have achieved compliance with UL ECVP 2799 for all 14 of their final assembly sites in China, and other multinational companies in the retail, manufacturing and chemical sectors are working with UL to achieve this certification. [...]

Protect our kids by taking simple steps to improve indoor air quality in schools

Many cleaning products and processes deliver the perception of “cleaning” but, in an ironic twist, can actually pollute the indoor air we breathe. In schools, where germs and dirt are a particular concern, we try to protect the health and well-being of kids by offering a clean environment. However, many schools are using products and processes that are putting harmful chemicals into the air that kids breathe day in and day out. [...]

Ten tips for improving indoor air quality in your home

Did you know that October is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Awareness Month? Most people are aware of the importance of good IAQ but are uncertain about how to achieve it. Will purchasing an air purifier do the trick? What many people don’t know is that there are a number of simple steps you can take to improve indoor air quality by preventing pollutants from entering the air rather than trying to purify the air once the pollutants are there.  Here are ten tips for improving IAQ in your home: Vacuum floors, carpets, and (yes) mattresses often using a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter to remove dust mites and other allergens. [...]

UL Environment and International WELL Building Institute™ Form Relationship to Promote Healthier Building Practices by Improving Indoor Air Quality

MARIETTA, GA., October 4, 2016 — UL Environment, a business division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), and the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) today announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organizations in an effort to drive public awareness of, and increase global demand for, healthier buildings. The organizations will collaborate to limit exposure to harmful chemicals for occupants of buildings while promoting holistic approaches to designing, constructing and operating healthier buildings. [...]