On December, 4th 1990 leading European carpet manufacturer founded the Association of Environmentally Friendly Carpets e.V. (Gemeinschaft umweltfreundlicher Teppichboden) - GUT, in Aachen (Germany).
The aim of GUT is to improve continuously all environmental and consumer protection aspects throughout the life cycle of a textile floor covering (from production to installation, to use phase and recycling).
The European carpet industry, has revolutionized environmental standards for the flooring industry, by creating GUT and continuously upgrading GUT's environmental goals.
In Cooperation with officiially recognized European test houses registered products are regularly controled on the basis of GUT's test criteria.
Furthermore GUT promotes environmentally friendly solutions for the installation of carpets and provides objective information on all aspects of carpets.
The intensive product testing on chemicals and emissions is the basis for ensuring consumer safety.
Detailed information on testing methods, testing criteria and annual inspections can be found on the following pages.