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Categories of Green Products

 

 

Products which enable the implementation of a policy of Green Purchases (Green Public Procurement) consistent with the National Action Plan for GPP (NAP GPP) and comply with one or more of the environmental sustainability requirements provided in annex 1 of MD dated 25 July 2011.

   
Food Products

 

The Protected Designation of Origin label, better known by the acronym "DOP", is a label for the legal protection of the denomination attributed by the European Union to those farming and food products for which the phases of the production process are realised in a delimited geographical area and for which the production process is in compliance with a set of production regulations. All the production, transformation and processing of the product must occur within the delimited area. The characteristics of DOP products must be due essentially or exclusively to the geographical area, including natural and human factors.

 

 

The Protected Geographical Identification label, better known by the acronym "IGP", is a legal protection label attributed by the European Union to the farming and food products originating in a specific region and country, the quality, reputation and characteristics of which can be traced to geographical origin and for which at least one production, transformation and processing phase occurs within the delimited area.

 

 

Organic agriculture is a type of agriculture involving the entire farming ecosystem, which uses the natural fertility of the soil in a limited number of interventions, promotes biodiversity in the environment and excludes the use of synthesis products (except those specifically allowed by European Union law) and genetically modified organisms. The European organic label gives consumers reassurance as regards the origin and quality of food products and beverages. The presence of the label on products ensures compliance with the EU Regulations on organic farming. The European organic label is placed on packaged and labelled food products containing at least 95% of ingredients produced by organic farming.

 

 

Fair Trade products constitute a concrete and sustainable alternative for the international trading, on a tangible market, by people for people in which the work ethic provides dignity and a future to millions of workers, especially in southern hemisphere countries. Fair Trade has the primary objective of balancing relations with countries with less developed economies, improving market access through adequate wages and dignified working conditions. This enables the producers to receive an equitable and stable income and an additional margin to be invested for the growth of the community.

 

 

Organic fish farming promotes the raising, through organic and certified techniques, developed in compliance with the reference laws and specific standards, of fresh and salt water fish, shrimps and other molluscs, mussels, oysters and algae. The fundamental aspects of organic fish farming are: guaranteeing that the organism involved passes its entire lifetime in the farming facility, maintaining the stress levels involved in farming at zero or close to zero, also thanks to the reduced impact of man on the animals’ lives, not using hormonal additives in the fish or food based on oils or fish-based flour and GMO.

 

Sustainable fishing products respond to specific environmental sustainability criteria; the fishing zones are managed in such a way as to guarantee the respect of the existing reserves of fish, considering their reproductive capability and biodiversity. Products in possession of these certifications (for example MSC – Marine Stewardship Council – certification) originate from fishing zones governed through advanced management programmes. The MSC label is most widespread and renowned system of guaranteeing sustainable fishing worldwide.

 

Non food (detersives, detergents, ecological paper, napkins, tablecloths, etc.)

 

 

 

The EU Ecolabel (EC Regulation no. 66/2010) is the European Union label for ecological quality which rewards the best products from an environmental viewpoint, which are thus differentiated from their competitors on the market, maintaining high performance standards. This label attests that the product has a reduced environmental impact throughout its lifetime.

 

 

 

The goal of FSC and PEFC certification, two of the most widespread forestry certification systems worldwide, is to identify the conduction of ecosystems based on sustainability principles. The products deriving from wood (paper, packaging, etc.) countermarked  by these labels are certified independently and originate from forests managed in a manner such as to respect the social, economic and environmental requirements of current and future generations. The management and traceability of products deriving from the processing of wood is thus certified, with the aim of protecting the biodiversity of forests and woodlands in respect of their normal growth speeds.