climatop: Certifications for Climate-friendly Products are Sought After Around the World

Swiss cotton pads, German freezer bags, Belgian PET spray cans and gift boxes from Hong Kong: in recent months, climatop has certified a host of different products from all over the world for their climate-friendly production.

The same quality with a reduced carbon footprint. That’s the idea of climatop labels, launched by myclimate in 2010 – and the potential for goods which protect the climate through optimised production and transport processes remains high. That has been demonstrated by FLAWA AG in Switzerland. The medium-sized family-run company produces cotton products, including cotton pads, in Flawil, St. Gallen. They recently received the climatop label. The reason for this is the reduced energy consumption required for their production in comparison with conventional cotton products. FLAWA’s special/newly developed? production process saves heat and electricity. FLAWA benefits from this increased efficiency in two ways: in addition to being able to label its own products as climate-friendly using the climatop label, the company’s energy costs are also reduced.

Plastic producer pely-plastic GmbH & Co from Germany also uses climate-friendly production processes. While its approach is different from FLAWA’s, the goal is the same. Pely reduces the CO₂ emissions of its plastic bags primarily through resource efficiency, thereby using less plastic. After pely’s rubbish bags and breakfast bags received the climatop label last year, this year it’s the turn of the company’s freezer bags. These cause more than 30 per cent fewer emissions than conventional freezer bags.

APPE, from Belgium, has taken an entirely new approach: the company produces PET spray cans. The SprayPET containers developed by the company can contain shaving foam, for example, just like regular aluminium spray cans. The SprayPET containers, however, produce a third-less CO₂ during production than normal cans. That’s because PET requires much less energy for production than heat-intensive aluminium. The climatop certification therefore makes a lot of sense.

A climatop award can also be announced from the Far East: Hong Kong consumers can now purchase the first climatop-certified products. Gift boxes for biscuits, tea and other goods are very common in Hong Kong and Asia. The gift boxes produced by AiryPack use a new type of construction requiring less paper. The paper materials and printing inks are also sustainably produced. AiryPack’s gift boxes produce 26 per cent less CO₂ than conventional gift boxes.

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