Scientific Certification Systems has announced the expansion of its Veriflora sustainability certification and eco-labeling program for plants and cut flower to include peat moss.
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) has announced the expansion of its Veriflora sustainability certification and eco-labeling program for plants and cut flower to include peat moss.
"Peat moss is an extremely important product to the horticulture industry," said Dr. Michael Keyes, who headed up the peat moss standard development process for SCS. "Veriflora certification for responsible management of peatlands will help ensure peat moss customers that this valuable resource is being sustained for future generations."
After several months of engaging key stakeholders through public consultations, SCS developed a comprehensive set of criteria that require Veriflora certified peat moss producers and handlers to manage all of their operations in an environmentally responsible manner. The certification criteria, based in part on the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards, address key environmental protection, social responsibility and product quality issues.
Among the first companies to receive certification is Fafard et Frères Litée, Premier Tech Horticulture Ltd. and Berger Peat Moss Ltd./Les Tourbières Berger Litée.
For additional information, go to www.scscertified.com .