Recycling and sustainability
The continuous expansion of consume that we have currently world wide, even within the current crisis, involves a parallel increased energy consumption, with the consequent depletion of natural resources.
In this framework is more and more urgent to move toward a more sustainable production and consumption model that considers both energy consumption and the cycle of the resources involved in the process and consumed to be transformed in trash.
A basic factor for sustainable development is “Recycling of materials” that:
Lately the international market of recycled products and materials showed a growing trend, pushed also by the growth of demand and of the price of raw materials. Some critical aspects remains, such as the low confidence of the market that is due to the uncertainty of quality of recycled materials and of products obtained from them.
ICEA certification of products from recycled materials
The Ethical and and Environmental Certification Institute (ICEA), recognizing the core importance of materials recycling for the growth of a sustainable production and consumption model, developed the “Standards for the certification of products made from recycled materials” meant to reduce the consumption of resources (virgin raw materials, water and energy), increase the quality of recycled materials, minimize emission in the atmosphere, in waters and in the soils, also minimizing any impact on human health.
This standard can be applied to any product, such as:
ICEA scheme for products made with recycled materials
ICEA certification scheme analyses materials and energy flow to define the contributions of each products in terms of raw materials spared, reduced energy consumption and minimization of waste production.
The evaluation is extended to the entire lifecycle of the product and is based on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology, through which materials and energy flows are organized, described and classified in different environmental impact categories, also defined as aggregated impact indicators.
Referent for the Scheme: Paolo Foglia firstname.lastname@example.org