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Aluminum, Subst., n . Widely used as a packaging material for coffee (capsules, coffee bags as a layer between PE and PET film). Production is very energy-intensive, and toxic waste


Aluminum-free, adj. Aluminum is widely used as a packaging material for coffee, both as a capsule and as the inner coating of coffee bags. Production is immensely energy-intensive*. In addition,


Biodiversity, Subst, w., is “the variability among living organisms from all sources, including (…) terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part.” (Convention

Blue Angel

Blue Angel, eco-label, German, the oldest (1978) eco-label for products and services. Independent, demanding: examines the impact on climate, resources, water, soil, air and people.


EMAS, abbreviation for “Eco Management and Audit Scheme”, or EU eco-audit for short. Is a voluntary but rigorous and transparent joint environmental management and audit scheme for companies and other

EU Ecolabel

EU Ecolabel, European Ecolabel, Also known as the EU Ecolabel or EU Flower. Awarded for products and services. The requirements relate to chemicals, emissions, waste, waste water, energy use, etc.


FSC® certification, international, FSC® stands for “Forest Stewardship Council”® and is an “eco-label” for paper products. The non-profit, international organization certifies sustainable forestry. Controls everything from the cultivation of raw

Healthy living

Healthy living, Subst., w. Technical term now commonly used in the construction industry. Means protection against hazardous substances and avoidance of harmful building and finishing materials. It also includes sound


PEFC™ certification, international, The “Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes” is a transparent and independent system for ensuring sustainable forest management, including for paper. Also enables smaller forestry


Recycling, Subst., n., English for “reuse/recycle”. Describes the process by which waste products are reused and become secondary raw materials. It already existed in ancient Rome: excrement was sold as