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CRI withdraws support for Green Seal environmental standard

March 8, 2009

Citing shortcomings in the process used to develop the well-known environmental standard, the Carpet and Rug Institute has announced it will no longer recognize Green Seal’s GS-37 Standard as a Green Certification for its Seal of Approval Carpet Cleaning Solutions.

According to CRI, Green Seal failed to follow its own written guidelines for consensus standard-setting, specifically in the areas of stakeholder input and risk assessment. “GS 37 is flawed and CRI cannot support it,” said CRI president Werner Braun.

Prior to its decision, CRI had accepted GS 37 as a component for its Seal of Approval Green designation.