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Household Cooking Appliances Get 1st Sustainability Standard

There are “green standards” or “sustainability standards” for all sorts of consumer goods, but have you ever found any for household cooking appliances? Probably not. A recent press release revealed a “first ever” voluntary sustainability standard for these household cooking appliances. Specifically, the cooking products in this category include convection, non-convection, and steam products such as ranges, built-in cook tops, and ovens.

ASSOCIATION OF HOME APPLIANCE MANUFACTURERS LOGO The press release continues that this is “the fourth in a family of product sustainability standards under development by AHAM, CSA Group, and UL Environment.” It is intended for use by manufacturers, governments, retailers, and others to set up environmentally preferable products. There are five key areas. They are based on a lifecycle approach to noting and establishing the environmental impacts of household cooking appliances.

The five areas mark materials, manufacturing and operations, energy consumption during use, end-of-life, and innovation. With an unbiased assessment, this standard will measure the qualifications that apply to cooking appliance manufacturers. Thus, the standard will prove and check the environmental sustainability of home appliances.

According to the press release, there are more major appliance standards under development. They expect to publish them later in 2015.


“The household cooking standard continues our commitment to provide consumers and retailers with credible measures for comparing home appliance sustainability attributes,” explained Joseph M. McGuire, AHAM President.

“The new standard for household cooking appliances is part of a series of standards to help identify environmentally friendly products and is part of CSA Group’s commitment to contribute to a more sustainable world,” said Gianluca Arcari, Executive Director, Standards and Vice President, CSA Group. “The four product sustainability standards are part of a forward-thinking life-cycle approach. It helps identify environmentally preferable products based on the materials used to manufacture the product right through to the disposal at the end-of-life, helping give a big picture of the overall environmental impact.”

“Evaluating cooking appliances for life cycle impacts is the logical next step for manufacturers to take to ensure that they meet the sustainability needs of consumers,” said Lisa Meier, Vice President and General Manager of UL Environment. “Consumers are increasingly aware of the environmental impact of the products they choose to purchase. The kitchen is the core of a home – usually the first room upgraded during a home renovation and where we spend much of our time.”

Sustainable Homes & Kitchens

If you are in the market for sustainable kitchen supplies, Green Living Ideas has a few ideas right now. According to Andrea Bertoli, a vegetarian chef who tries to live on the green side of life, “Bambu has created a line of sustainable kitchen products that is amazingly beautiful, totally eco-friendly, and best of all, very affordable.” The line has been around for a long time. My son, director of CleanTechnica, was using many of its products in his kitchen a decade ago.

Green Living Ideas, a “Top 20 Home Improvement Site,” points out the smart basics of why aligning oneself with sustainability: “Greening your home has a plethora of benefits. First, you pay less in utilities. By cutting your carbon footprint, it feels good, but it also means you are a primary beneficiary financially, too. Second, your home is healthier. Cleaner indoor air quality, fewer toxins, less offgassing, etc.” … and more.
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Cynthia Shahan started writing after previously doing research and publishing work on natural birth practices. (Several unrelated publications) She is a licensed health care provider. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education, mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings born with spiritual insights and ethics beyond this world. (She was able to advance more in this way led by her children.)


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