Label for carpets

The GUT signet for carpets was developed by 1990 founded Association of Environmentally Friendly Carpets e.V. , consisting of leading European carpet manufacturers. Today GUT signet is the carpet label the most noted one in Europe and also integral part of  European product information system for textile floor coverings PRODIS.

Aim of GUT association is to coninuously improve the environmental and consumer friendliness of textile floor coverings – namely in terms of the wohle life cycle: beginning at environmentally friendly production to safe installation and healthwise uncritical usability to environment-sparing disposal and recycling.

This initiative of the European carpet manufacturers has sustainably changed the environment standards of the floor covering industry.


Testing procedure

The test for being awarded GUT signet is subdived in three segments:

  • extensive pollutant test ( heavy metals, plasticisers, biocides, pesticides, POPS )
  • stringent emission test according to ISO 16000, incl formaldehdyes, aldehydes, ketones and carcinogins
  • sensory odour test

Limit values GUT label

Substance / Termination criteria
after 3 days in μg/m3 after 28 days in μg/m3
TVOC (C6-c16) 250 100
SVOC (C16-C23) 30 30
VOC w/o LCI 100 100
Carcinogenic not identifiable not idenitfiable
Formaldehyde 10 4
Acetaldehyde 10 4
Octanal 11 5
Nonanal 20 8
Further aldehydes; each 20 8
R value <1 <1
Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP, BBP, DOP, DMP; each) 1 1

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For GUT signet the following products can be tested by eco-INSTITUT*:
  • (Textile) floor coverings

*Please note: GUT signet is not awarded by eco-INSTITUT itself. eco-INSTITUT is approved GUT testing laboratory and authorised to perform the respectiv pollutants and emissions tests.



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