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The products on grø ntkontor.dk are selected based on the following basic criteria for sustainability

To ensure that these criteria are met, there are a large number of certificates and standards, which you can read more about here on the site in a short time.

1. resource consumption

a. Globally:
A sustainable product should be predominantly manufactured materials that are wholly or predominantly made from natural materials (e.g. cork, bamboo, bioplastics) or raw materials with unlimited resources (e.g. bricks, iron) or recycled materials (e.g. recycled plastics, steel)

b. Local:
Even if a resource is unlimited globally, it is important that the local resources and needs are also taken into account (e.g. freshwater resources, food production vs. maize production for bioplastics)

2. Environmental impact

a. Mineral Extraction:
Raw material extraction should take place with low pollution and environmental impact, both in the local and remote environment. Examples of the opposite can be mentioned products with high fossil fuel consumption, and products based on irresponsible mining.

b. Production:
Low pollution and environmental impact are of course no less important in production, where especially the disposal of consumed chemicals in the air, soil and watercourses can be a huge burden on the local and remote environment. (e.g. paint and varnish industry, oil industry)

c. Disposal:
When assessing sustainability, it is important to consider the total life cycle of a product:

  • Is the product robust with an expected long service life / service life?
  • Can the product be reasonably recycled?
  • Will the disposal of the product contaminate air, soil or groundwater?
  • Is the product compostable or reasonably biodegradable?

3. CO2 load

It is a crucial factor in a product’s sustainability properties that it burdens the CO2 content in the atmosphere during production or transport and thus contributes to the warming of the planet. Optimally, it should of course contribute to a reduction in the atmosphere’s CO2 content.

Major culprits here are, for example, non-recycled fossil plastic products such as PVC and ABS as opposed to bioplastics and recycled plastics.

In relation to the The degree of load is the lifetime of the product, not least because every carbon-containing product acts as a carbon sink throughout its lifetime.

4. Social responsibility

An equally important sustainability parameter is the social factor. We will not consider an organic cotton T-shirt sustainable if it is produced by underpaid labor in a sweatshop in Bangladesh. A sustainable product should also contribute socially to a world in balance, i.e. produced with social responsibility by adults under decent production conditions at a fair wage, and with consideration for the other inhabitants of the planet.

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