Eco-friendly blanket gains international recognition

CNA, February 13, 2011

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- An eco-friendly blanket produced by the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation out of recycled PET bottles has gained world-renowned carbon footprint reduction certification, the first product of its kind to be recognized in this way.

The blanket, which has a manufacturing process that is fully environmentally friendly from start to finish, is one of the results of Tzu Chi's efforts in global collaboration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, said the foundation based in eastern Taiwan's Hualien County.

The dye-free manufacturing process is wholly energy-effective and helps reduce carbon emissions and avoid pollution, which helped the blanket gain the certification from the TUV Rheinland Group, a Germany-based global leader in independent testing and assessment services.