Boardroom Eco Apparel

SPIN Technical Fabric Testing

In mid-2009, we had a report prepared for Boardroom ECO Apparel by the Sport Innovation Center at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (SPIN @ PISE). The SPIN Centre is a partnership between Camusen College and the Canadian Sport Center Pacific (CSCP) and has capabilities to perform a wide range of fabric evaluations. 

This preliminary investigation includes human performance testing and an initial evaluation of physical properties comparing four currently available high performance garments, with two Boardroom ECO Apparel products included. View the full report here.

 


 

The Consumer Product safety Improvement Act (2008)

Approved by Congress on July 31 2008, the CPSIA is a response to a large number of highly publicized recalls and increased pressure by consumer groups and lawmakers. The CPSIA specifies that manufacturers certify in writing that products being imported for warehousing and/or consumption conform with any applicable rules, bans, regulations or standards administered by the CPSC. Certificates of conformity must be based on a “reasonable” testing program, must accompany the product or the shipment of the product and thereafter must be furnished to each distributor or retailer of the product. If no certificate is issued, or if a false certificate is found to be on hand, the shipment may be refused admission and destroyed. If requested by the CPSC, every manufacturer shall identify each subcontractor involved in the production or fabrication of products, substances and components. The CPSC can asses civil penalties to a maximum of $100,000 per violation, up to $15 million for a series of related violations. Corporate officers may be subject to criminal liability for violations of consumer product safety laws. Link here for additional information.

REACH (EU, 2007)

REACH is a new European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006). It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances. The new law entered into force on 1 June 2007.

The aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances. At the same time, innovative capability and competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry should be enhanced. The benefits of the REACH system will come gradually, as more and more substances are phased into REACH.

The REACH Regulation gives greater responsibility to industry to manage the risks from chemicals and to provide safety information on the substances. Manufacturers and importers will be required to gather information on the properties of their chemical substances, which will allow their safe handling, and to register the information in a central database run by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki. The Agency will act as the central point in the REACH system: it will manage the databases necessary to operate the system, co-ordinate the in-depth evaluation of suspicious chemicals and run a public database in which consumers and professionals can find hazard information.

The Regulation also calls for the progressive substitution of the most dangerous chemicals when suitable alternatives have been identified. For more information read: REACH in Brief. Link here for additional information.

 


 

Community Involvement;

The Climate Project Canada

CEO of Boardroom ECO Apparel - Mark Trotzuk recently completed The Climate Project (TCP) training Programs led by Nobel Laureate Al Gore to spread the message about the challenges of and solutions to the climate crisis. “Mark Trotzuk is an outstanding example of the millions of Canadians who have been energized by the call to action on the climate crisis,” said Gore. ”We are so pleased that he has made a serious commitment to this challenge by participating in The Climate Project. Trotzuk was part of a select group of individuals chosen to receive this important training and is now volunteering his own time to spread the word within his community and abroad. Boardroom ECO Apparel is also a Climate Project sponsor and has donated over $10,000.00 to TCP as part of their 1% For The Planet donations.
 
CEO of Boardroom ECO Apparel - Mark Trotzuk recently completed the David Suzuki At Work Ambassador training program, supported by award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki. Ambassadors deliver relevant, fun, and interactive workshops to workplaces interested in greening their business. The workshop helps employees identify the benefits of practicing sustainability, and provides them with a framework to get started. Trotzuk was part of a select group of individuals chosen to receive this important training and is now volunteering his own time to spread the word within his community and abroad. Boardroom ECO Apparel also donates part of their 1% For The Planet donations to the David Suzuki Foundation. To learn more, please visit:www.davidsuzuki.org/Ambassadors/work

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The ECO Apparel Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) Footprint

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As a Climate Smart business, we are committed to reducing our GHG footprint. In 2009 and again in 2010, we worked with Climate Smart (climatesmartbusiness.com) to measure the GHG footprint of our 1201 Franklin Street, Vancouver factory and showroom. 
 
To become Carbon Neutral, we’ve quantified our emissions, found ways to reduce our emissions and what we couldn’t reduce, we’ve offset. 2010 saw an 8% reduction in our overall footprint. Although there was an increase in some categories, we did realize a significant reduction by increasing the energy effeciency of heating and a reduction of natural gas consumption.

How we intend to lower our GHG Emissions:

  1. Reducing business air travel through teleconferencing and video conferencing.
  2. Moving towards electronic catalogues in order to reduce paper consumption.
  3. Developing an employee bus pass program.

To learn more about high quality offsets and what we did to become a Carbon Neutral company, visit Offsetters.ca. Offsetters is Canada’s first and leading carbon management provider helping individuals and organizations understand, reduce, track and offset their climate impact.

 


 

 
The Ten Principles  
 
The UN Global Compact’s ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption enjoy universal consensus and are derived from:
 
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
The United Nations Convention Against Corruption
The Global Compact asks companies to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment, and anti-corruption:
 
 
Human Rights
 
Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.   
Labour Standards
 
Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.  
 
Environment
 
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.    
Anti-Corruption
 
Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.  
 
Link to the full document here.