ACMI AP Non-Toxic Seal: The ACMI AP non-toxic seal is the Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI)’s Approved Product (AP) Seal. It identifies art materials considered safe for children.
BIOBASED: Composed, in whole or in significant part, of biological products or renewable domestic agricultural materials (including plant, animal and marine materials) or forestry materials.
BIODEGRADABLE: Capable of being broken down or decomposed by natural biological processes.
BPA: Bisphenol A is an organic compound found in a variety of plastic products; BPA has been linked to thyroid dysfunction, breast cancer, and reproductive and hormonal system dysfunction.
CARB Star Ratings: Ratings that identify engines that meet specific exhaust emission standards. CARB Star 1 engines produce 75% fewer emissions than conventional carbureted two-stroke engines. CARB Star 2 engines produce 20% lower emissions than CARB Star 1 and CARB Star 3 produce 75% lower emissions than CARB Star 1 engines.
CRI Green Label and Green Label Plus: ensure that customers are purchasing among the lowest volatile organic compound (VOC) emitting; carpet, adhesive and cushion products on the market.
CSA: The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is a non-profit business oriented association involved in promoting environmentally responsible business practices.
DEET: N, N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide or DEET is a pesticide commonly used as the active ingredient in insect repellents. The main concerns about DEET are its effects on the central nervous system.
ECO PACKAGING: Packaging designed to reduce environmental impact, often minimal, recyclable, and biodegradable
ECOLOGO™: EcoLogo™ is a certification program founded in 1988 by the Government of Canada, which is now recognized worldwide. EcoLogo provides third-party certification of environmentally preferable products. Products bearing the Ecologo label meet specific standards of environmental leadership and sustainability.
ENERGUIDE: Developed by Natural Resources Canada, the EnerGuide sets the standard for measuring and testing the energy efficiency of residential homes.
ENERGY STAR®: A government backed labeling program that helps consumers choose more energy efficient products. The ENERGY STAR® symbol indicates that a product meets or exceeds the energy-efficiency qualifications for that product.
EPA: Environmental Protection Agency (United States).
EPEAT®: Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool used to rate computers and other electronics based on a standardized series of criteria to reduce environmental impacts. All EPEAT® products are ENERGY STAR® rated.
ESC/EMR: Energy Solutions Centre, Energy Mines and Resources, Yukon Government.
FAIRTRADE: A registered trademark that certifies products meeting the social, economic and environmental standards set by Fairtrade.
FOODSCAPING: Landscaping to grow food.
FSC: Forest Stewardship Council is an international certification organization promoting responsible forest management. Wood products, such as furniture, made with FSC-certified wood may also carry the FSC label.
FUEL EFFICIENT/HYBRID: Vehicles that use both a traditional engine (combustion) and a rechargeable system (battery).
GREEN PRODUCT LINE: Product line developed to reduce environmental impacts and provide ecologically safer options to the public.
GREENGUARD®: Product certification program for low emitting interior building materials, furnishings, and finish systems.
GREENSEAL: A certification standard that tests products according to scientific procedures to provide an environmental standard for products demonstrated to reduce negative environmental and health impacts.
Hard plastic #1: Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET, PETE)
Hard plastic #2: High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Hard plastic #3: Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
Hard plastic #4: Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
Hard plastic #5: Polypropylene (PP)
Hard plastic #6: Polystyrene (PS)
Hard plastic #7: Other plastics
HCFC Free: Hydrochlorofluorocarbons are ozone-depleting substances used in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry. They will be phased out in developed countries over the next 20 years.
HFC’s: Hydrofluorocarbons have replaced ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) in many applications but are powerful greenhouse gases.
LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is an ecology oriented building certification program for improving building performance related to energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, materials selection, sustainable site development, and water savings.
LOW E + ARGON: Low E (low-emissive) coating is a thin, metallic film. Argon gas is an inert gas with a higher insulation value than air. Together they act to better reflect and impede long-wavelength energy (heat)
MDF: Medium Density Fiberboard
MSC: Marine Stewardship Council. The MSC ecolabel and fishery certification program recognizes fisheries that use sustainable fishing practices.
NPE: Nonylphenol ethoxylates or NPEs are used as surfactants in many cleaning products, including detergents, shampoos, and surface cleaners. NPE’s are thought to be toxic to aquatic plants and animals slowing growth and disrupting hormone regulation.
OZYBENZONE: A chemical used in sunscreens to filter UV rays and help chemical absorption by the skin. Ozybenzone has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage.
PARABENS: Parabens are groups of chemicals used as preservatives in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and even food. Concerns focus on the potential for parabens to act like estrogen compounds in the body.
PBDE: Polybrominated diphenyl ethers are organic compounds used as a flame retardant in products such as polyurethane foam insulation. Linked to serious health problems such as birth defects, hormone deficiencies, learning disabilities and neurological disorders.
PERC: Perchloroethylene is an organic compound that is likely carcinogenic to humans and is a toxic contaminant in water and soil.
PHOSPHATE: Phosphates are added to detergents to boost their cleaning power. Phosphates encourage algae growth in freshwater, threatening aquatic wildlife.
PHTHALATES: Phthalates are synthetic chemicals used in many products to increase the flexibility of plastics and hold colour and scent. There is a concern that certain phthalates may act as endocrine disruptors.
PVC: Polyvinyl Chloride is a thermoplastic polymer found in many plastics that poses a threat to human and environmental heath.
R-2000 CERTIFICATION: The R-2000 certification includes practicing standards for building energy efficient homes with improved indoor air quality and better environmental responsibility.
RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES: Products that use energy generated from renewable natural resources including; sunlight, wind, rain, tides, geothermal heat and hand powered devices.
SFI: Sustainable Forestry Initiative is a certification program widely promoting sustainable forestry practices.
SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES: Methods that consider soil and water conservation, controlling exotic species and organic practices.
TAKE-BACK PROGRAM: Program that accepts used products and/or packaging for proper disposal or remanufacture at the end of their useful lives.
ULC: Underwriters Laboratories of Canada. The ULC mark indicates the product meets nationally recognized standards.
VOC: Volatile Organic Compounds can be harmful or toxic depending on their composition.
WATERSENSE: Products with the WaterSense label are tested and certified to meet the criteria in the WaterSense specification for water efficiency and performance.
WET CLEANING: An environmentally safe alternative to dry cleaning using special machines and mild biodegradable soaps.
YHC GreenHome: The Yukon Housing Corporation’s energy efficient building design standard used for new homes and commercial buildings from 1999 to 2008 (EnerGuide rating of 80).
YHC SuperGreen: The Yukon Housing Corporation’s new energy efficient building design standard for new homes and commercial buildings (EnerGuide rating of 85). The YHC has used this as its standard for new construction since 2009.