The Conseil des Industries Durable (Council of Sustainable Industries – CID) offers the new ECORESPONSIBLETM Attestation Program – Ecodesigned Packaging or Product, developed in collaboration with Éco Entreprises Québec and RECYC-QUÉBEC, which aims to recognize ecodesign approaches adopted by businesses for their development, packaging and product manufacturing, and environmental properties.
Why should you get the Attestation?
- To have your ecodesigned packaging and product efforts recognized;
- To set yourself apart and fully communicate your commitment;
- To structure your method and improve your ecodesign approach.
What is ecodesign?
Ecodesign is an improvement approach that allows you to reduce packaging’s environmental footprint during its entire life cycle, from its design to the end of its useful life. It integrates environmental criteria, such as:
• Reducing virgin materials;
• Designing optimally;
• Sourcing responsibly;
• Incorporating recycled materials or the recyclability of materials.
What are the benefits of ecodesign?
There are many benefits to ecodesign for the business implementing it, the consumer or business looking to make responsible choices and for society at large. It’s a winning choice in all respects, with positive and measurable benefits!
- Responding to consumer expectations
- Adapting to future regulation
- Reinforcing positioning
- Developing team culture and employee retention
- Promoting innovation and continuous improvement
- Setting your packaging and prints apart
- Improving your capacity to respond to environmental requirements
- Improving relationships with suppliers
Reducing: Raw material costs – transportation and distribution costs – end-of-life management costs – product loss – energy costs
Reducing: landfilling – the amount of necessary materials – energy needs – impacts on the health of people and ecosystems – impacts thanks to the inclusion of recycled materials
Increasing: recyclability – the product’s lifespan
Assessment by an accredited third party
Your approach, as well as your packaging or product must meet the requirements of the attestation’s specifications. The ÉCOCERT evaluation will allow you to confirm, beyond a doubt and exempt from self-reporting, the key elements of your ecodesign approach, as well as the potential environmental benefits provided by your new packaging or product.
To get an ECORESPONSIBLETM Attestation – Ecodesigned Packaging or Product, a business must invest $2,350* per packaging or product (or line of packaging or products). The Attestation is valid for a period of 3 years. After this period, ÉCOCERT must carry out a new assessment (audit) of the packaging or product in question to renew the Attestation.
For organizations that do not meet the requirements of the Attestation’s specifications, the program also offers the possibility of obtaining the “ENGAGEMENT” level and having their ecodesign efforts recognized. This level allows an organization to move towards eventually obtaining the Attestation.
For this level, the business must invest $750*. The ENGAGEMENT level is valid for 24 months. After this period, the business must get the ECORESPONSIBLETM Attestation – Ecodesigned Packaging or Product and meet its requirements, failing which the ENGAGEMENT level will be revoked.
Note: A follow-up will be carried out after 12 months to renew the business or organization’s preparation for obtaining the Attestation.
*This amount includes the $175 annual fee for using the trademark, as well as the business or organization’s registration to the national registry.
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