GLOSSARY

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Air fresheners may take different forms:

  • Potpourri 
    Essential oils applied on vegetable support that is cultivated or collected from wild plants.
  • Incenses
    Essential oils applied on a wooden support and tree derived products like barks, pine cones…
  • Reed diffuser
    Essential oils dissolved in alcohol and contained in a glass bottle in which wooden sticks are dipped.
  • Atomizer
    Essential oils dissolved in water and/or alcohol in a sprayer.

Animal products

Products from the animal itself and requiring the slaughtering of the animal (examples are: fat, fresh cells, ox gall, collagen …)

Animal secretions

Products secreted by animals, such as lanoline or milk.

Cosmetics

is defined (see the European Regulation N°1223/2009) as any substance or mixture other intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protecting them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odour’s.

Distributor, importer

Company which buy and sell products without modifying the products or the packaging of the products. Ecogarantie® logo may be used on offers.

By distribution activities, we mean products that you distribute without having made ​​yourself.

Fossils

Products from fossilized organisms, such as lignite, pit coal or petroleum.

Ingredients

As well raw materials as semi-manufactured products

Mineral

Inorganic salt, component of the earth’s crust extracted rather than manufactured.

Mixture

means a mixture or solution composed of two or more substances.

Organic products (coming from organic farming) or wild vegetable products:

Products meeting the EC regulation 834/2007

Processor

or “Preparation activities”  we mean the operations of preserving and/or processing of organic products (including slaughter and cutting for livestock products), as well as packaging, labelling and/or alterations made to the labelling relating to organic production (extract of Regulation 834/2007 on organic production, art 2 i).  Here, it goes over products prepared by the company and sold under its name and/or products manufactured under contract and sold under private label and/or products manufactured by subcontractors and sold under the brand company and/or alterations made to the labelling concerning the organic production method;

Raw materials

Vegetable, animal or mineral products, coming from agriculture or obtained by extraction, unprocessed or gained through physical processes, so that the original characteristics have been kept almost intact.

Recyclable

That still has useful physical or chemical properties after serving its original purpose and can, therefore, be reused or remanufactured into additional products. Plastic, paper, glass, used oil, tin and aluminium cans as well as household and industrial waste, after sorting out, are examples of recyclable materials.

Renewable

Can be replaced or replenished, either by spontaneous processes over a short time scale or by human action. Air, water, sun, agricultural products and forests are often considered to be examples of renewable resources. Minerals and fossil fuels are examples of non-renewable resources.

Semi-manufactured products

A product which is obtained through the manufacturing of raw materials, according to physico-chemical and/or microbiological/biotechnological processes and/or chemical synthesis that may sometimes deeply modify the original characteristics, and which is meant to be further processed into a final product.

Substance

means a chemical element and its compounds in the natural state or obtained by any manufacturing process, including any additive necessary to preserve its stability and any impurity deriving from the process used but excluding any solvent which may be separated without affecting the stability of the substance or changing its composition.

Washing products

involves several product groups all meant for both private and professional use.

The product group “all-purpose cleaners and cleaners for sanitary facilities’” are composed of following three subgroups:

  1. All-purpose cleaners comprising detergent products intended for the routine cleaning of floors, walls, ceilings, windows and other fixed surfaces, and which are dissolved or diluted in water prior to use. All purpose cleaners must have water content ≤ 90 % (w/w).
  2. Window cleaners comprising specific all-purpose cleaners for the routing cleaning of windows, and which are either diluted in water prior to use or used without dilution. All window cleaners must have water content ≤ 95 % (w/w).
  3. Cleaners for sanitary facilities comprising detergent products intended for the routine removal, including by scouring, of dirt and/or deposits in sanitary facilities, such as laundry rooms, bathrooms, showers, toilets and kitchens. All cleaners for sanitary facilities must have water content ≤ 90 % (w/w).

The subgroup specified in point (c) shall also include the following:

  • Products which are automatically used when a toilet is flushed, such as ‘self-dosing-products’, including toilet blocks;

  • Products for use in a toilet cistern;

  • Products, which have no cleaning effects other than the removal of calcium carbonate (scale);

  • Disinfectants.

The product group also covers products for more specific cleaning uses, such as oven cleaners, floor-strippers, polishes, drain cleaners, and so on.

  • The product group ‘hand dishwashing detergents’ shall comprise ‘all detergents intended to be used, to wash by hand, dishes, crockery, cutlery, pots, pans, kitchen utensils and so on’.
  • The product group ‘detergents for dishwashers’ shall comprise all detergents intended for use exclusively in automatic dishwashers.
  • The product group ‘laundry detergents’ shall comprise all laundry detergents, in powder, liquid or any other form, for the washing of textiles.
  • This list is not comprehensive.