Since 1990, the GUT label has been recognised
as a guarantee for environmental and consumer protection.
Since 1990, GUT has stood for environmental benchmarking and set standards for the textile floor covering industry
Founded in Aachen in December 1990 by leading European carpet manufacturers, GUT has represented the continuous development of environmental standards in the textile floor covering industry for 30 years. Any products which have a GUT label are guaranteed to meet the high environmental standards as laid out by the strict GUT criteria. GUT strives to protect the consumer and the environment by setting strict criteria for all products manufactured in Europe with a focus on health and safety measures which include pollutants, odours and VOC’s.
The GUT- PRODis label was originally developed in partnership with ECRA to create a uniform labelling system for textile floor coverings across Europe. It included physical tests as well as performance standards and was based on European test standards. The latest Product Passport integrates performance and environmental data and still based on European test standards. Each product has a unique internal ID number which identifies the manufacture and the specific product. By using the unique 8 digit licence number, which can be retrieved using a QR code, the details of each product are transparent and easily available to the consumer.
From the first GUT label to the Product Passport
The GUT (Gemeinschaft umweltfreundlicher Teppichboden e.V.) was founded in December 1990 by leading companies within the European carpet industry.
The aim of GUT is to provide consumers with reassurance and confidence that the textile floor coverings products they are using meet all necessary health, safety and environmental standards.
Each product manufactured by a member company, has a unique ID number which relates to the Product Passport. This number is found on the back of each carpet, the carpet samples, and on the technical data sheets from each manufacturer.
Only those textile floor coverings that have been tested for pollutants, emissions and odours by a recognised European research institute receives an ID number. This ensures that the strict controls and criteria set out by GUT are adhered to and that the carpets do not contain and banned substances or chemicals of concern. Therefore the consumer can be reassured that the carpets are safe to use in the house or workplace.
The unique ID number allocated to each carpet means that the product can be checked at any time to ensure that it still meets the required GUT criteria and that it still matches the control sample which was originally tested, giving the consumer additional security and reassurance. It also means that it is easier for the consumer to make informed decisions regarding the choice of carpet in their homes and work places.
Each GUT member has to ensure that their production facilities are maintained to the highest technical standards and that there is as little environmental impact as possible. In Europe this means that each member company must comply with any legal regulations relating to air and water pollution and waste disposal. The members should also ensure that their production facilities and manufacturing processes are as advanced as possible in environmental terms.