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    The Type 2 Green Mark

    第二類環保標章 The Type 2 Green Mark is awarded to uncategorized products that comply with the standards of Green Mark.
    As the continuous effort of the Green Mark promotion, the Type 2 Green Mark certification was introduced by the EPA in 11th September 2014, after the amendment of Directions for the Promotions of the Green Consumerism and Environmental Protection Products. It was formerly known as the Type Ⅱ Environmentally Preferable Products and promoted since 1990. Products which aren’t listed in the Green Mark categories are eligible to apply the Type 2 Green Mark, with condition that it should comply with the specific environmental claims.
    On 28th September 2014, the EPA published the Verification Guidelines for the Environmental Claims of Type 2 Green Mark, including the adaptive extent, terms and definitions, properties and requests, labeling and other subjects. The environmental claims included 14 major sections, which are low pollution, being compostable, biodegradability, designs for disassembly, designs for recycling, reusability, using recycled materials, extended product life time, recovered energy, resource-saving manufacturing, using reproducible energy in manufacturing or products, reduction in solid wastes, using phase energy-saving and phase water-saving. Applicant should proclaim three of less environmental claims of their products that fit the verification guidelines.
    Definitions of the Type 2 Green Mark’s environmental claims are as follows:
    Environmental claims Definition
    1.Low-polluting product The product and its materials comprise of no particular substances or the amount of the substances in the product is lower than that of others at the same grade.
    2.Compostable The product or its materials can be biodegraded into homogeneous and stable
    humus-like substances.
    3.Biodegradability The product, under particular conditions, can be biodegraded to a certain level in a certain period of time.
    4.Designs for Disassembly After the product’s life time, its components can be disassembled by re-usage,
    recycling, reused energy or other measures to transfer it from wastes flow.
    5.Designs for recycling The product or its material can be recovered from wastes flow after collection
    treatment and can once again be material or product.
    6.Reusability The product maintains its original conformation and can be reused directly or be
    reused after recovering its function or partial function by proper procedures.
    7.Using recycled material The product uses recycled material with blending ratio of recycled material higher
    than that of the products at the same grade.
    8.Extended product life time The product is more durable or upgradable and designed to extend the life time to reduce the usage of resources or reduce the wastes.
    9.Recovered energy It could be treated as wastes but as energy recovered from material or energy by
    the management.
    10.Resource-saving
     manufacturing
    Whilst producing a product, the reduction in material, energy or water usage is
    superior to that of the product at same grade.
    11.Using reproducible
     energy in manufacturing
     or products
    The reproducible energy such as solar power, wind power, biofuel and geothermal is applied to the products or producing processes.
    12.Reduction in wastes Reduction in waste mass flow as a result of variations in products or producing
    processes.
    13.Using phase
     energy-saving
    The product, under the equal circumstance, can save more energy than other
    products can at same grade.
    14.Using phase water-saving The product, under the equal circumstance, can save more water than other
    products can at same grade.