Aspecta® Publishes Product Specific Environmental Product Declarations
Aspecta® has published our first product-specific Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) on the entire portfolio of the Aspecta® family of products (Aspecta® One, Five and Ten). This is an important accomplishment and one worth pursuing for many reasons. For one, these EPDs further our Company’s commitment to transparency at all levels. We have fully embraced the idea of disclosing our product ingredients thru both Declare and the HPD Collaborative; we were the first flooring manufacturer to obtain a JUST label for our China factory, so it simply made sense for us to begin the journey of publishing EPDs for our products.
Industries across the globe are striving to become more sustainable in all aspects of the manufacturing process and we are no exception. EPDs help us to become much more aware of our own processes and allow us to share that information to the marketplace in one concise document, a marketplace which is becoming increasingly interested in the full extent of a product's environmental impact. How can we truly reduce our environmental impact if we don’t know what our impacts are? Working closely with our consultant, WAP Sustainability, this effort helped us to define our baseline and identify our hotspots. Looking into the future this will help us to truly think about environmental impacts and how minor changes can potentially make a big impact.
Aspecta® is a global brand so we wanted to ensure that these EPDs were created following rules that are recognized globally. This started with following ISO 14040/44 for our Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and EN 15804 for our EPDs. Both standards are seen throughout the globe as the protocols for completing LCAs and EPDs. Additionally, we elected to utilize a unique mutual recognition program between UL Environment and IBU. This approach allowed us to create a globally accepted document for a true global brand. We are currently in the process of translating these EPDs into German where they will be made available on the IBU (https://ibu-epd.com/en/) website in the near future. This marks the beginning of our journey into the world of EPDs with more to come in the future.
The Aspecta® EPD’s are now available on the following websites: