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TÜV Rheinland: Green Product Mark Certification for TCC Global

09/05/2019Hong Kong

Toy testing

TÜV Rheinland delivered certification for the Green Product Mark to TCC Global for its latest “Unbeelievables” series plush toy. This toy contains 96% recycled material on average and was assessed by TÜV Rheinland Hong Kong. TCC Global is the first company in the world to receive the Green Product Mark for a toy product.

Increasing attention on sustainability

Consumers and businesses increasingly pay attention to ethics and moral values. This translates into purchasing decisions framed by concerns about the environment, sustainability, animal welfare, production, and labor practices, as well as desires to have a positive impact on communities and people. Meeting these standards is no longer optional for companies and brands. The central idea of the TÜV Rheinland Green Product Mark is to guide consumers who want to identify and buy safe and sustainable products. The mark is applicable for a wide variety of consumer products, such as toys, visual displays, consumer electronics, household appliances, leisure and sports equipment, furniture, and other items, covering all aspects of human life.

Four pillars for the Green Product Mark

The requirements for the Green Product Mark for plush toys are based on the evaluation of four pillars, with the precondition that the product has passed related safety evaluations and that the manufacturer has assured social compliance.

The first pillar of the Green Product Mark requirements is the responsible use of chemical substances. A product must be in compliance with various regulatory standards and market requirements for markets being targeted, such as SVHCs, REACH, and POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) in the European Union (EU) or other related regulations, which help to restrict the use of hazardous substances to protect human health and the environment.

The second pillar is waste management and the usage of recycled materials in the plush toy product. TÜV Rheinland verifies the correct usage and labeling of the recycled material content as part of the evaluation of the chain of custody system. Here, special attention is paid to post-consumer recycling and traceability for the recycled material content.

The third pillar is the requirement of a product carbon footprint. The carbon footprint is a method to measure the impact of carbon emissions of a single product over its life cycle. The fourth pillar is social requirement compliance in accordance with different corporate social responsibility schemes such as BSCI, SMETA, RBA, ICTI, SA8000, and GRI for brand owners, manufacturers, and factory/third-party producers.

Sustainability brings the prospect of innovation that produces new products and business models, which builds image and aids reputation building. Inclusive economic development leads to growth in purchasing power and a bigger pool of potential consumers. As demand for ethical living increases among consumers, TÜV Rheinland will continue to support companies to steer them towards sustainability.

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