NSF Sustainability, a division of global independent public health organization NSF International that provides sustainability standards development, testing, certification and claims validation for commercial and consumer products, has assessed and verified a health product declaration (HPD) for Alpar Architectural Products’ deTerra® biobased polymer* wall protection in the color “natural.”
HPDs provide accurate reporting of potential chemicals of concern in products and place each ingredient into the larger picture of human and environmental health. This HPD and verification are part of a pilot process for the HPD program.
Building Green reports:
"With more practitioners seeking transparency about building product ingredients, a new program aims to verify the claims made in health product declarations (HPDs—see Health Product Declaration Provides Building Product “Nutrition Label”). Alpar Architectural Products is the first company to successfully put one of its products, a biobased plastic corner guard containing no pigments, through NSF International’s HPD verification program."
This third-party (independent) certification involves a “desk audit” and a documentation review by staff chemists, toxicologists, and biologists. including third-party (independent) lab reports, safety data sheets, material purchase confirmations, and disclosures from suppliers, ensuring that it complies with the requirements of the HPD Open Standard.
What does this mean to consumers? This is like a food nutritional label which verifies product manufacturer's claims, in this case Alpar is verifying that their product is PVC-free.
This is extremely important information for consumers who are a parents, a grandparents, or anyone interested in healthy living, educational and/or working environments.