FABRICS FAQ : acronyms / abbreviations


Green Textile Acronyms begin with 'C'

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C2C

Cradle to Cradle - A term used in life-cycle analysis to describe a material or product that is recycled into a new product at the end of its defined life.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

CAA

Clean Air Act - The federal statute that regulates air emissions from area, stationary and mobile sources. This law authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to protect public health and the environment.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

CAS number

Chemical Abstract Service number - A number uniquely identifying each pure chemical compound.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     MBDC

CEQ

Council on Environmental Quality - The Council on Environmental Quality coordinates federal environmental efforts. CEQ reports annually to the President on the state of the environment; oversees federal agency implementation of the environmental impact assessment process; and acts as a referee when agencies disagree over the adequacy of such assessments.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     The White House Website

CERCLA

Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act - A 1980 federal statute that created the Superfund program and established a trust fund for the cleanup of abandoned and uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

CERES

California Environmental Resources Evaluation System - An information system developed by the California Resources Agency to facilitate access to a variety of electronic data describing California's diverse environments.
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SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

CFC

chlorofluorocarbon - A compound consisting of chlorine, fluorine and carbon. CFCs are very stable in the troposphere. CFCs are commonly used as refrigerants, solvents and foam-blowing agents; uses of CFCs in aerosols are prohibited due to ozone depleting potential.
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SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

COD

Chemical Oxygen Demand - When a body of wastewater contains too much biological material, the bacteria and other microorganisms in it cannot successfully decompose all the organic matter for food, growth and energy. This breaking down of the biological material requires oxygen; therefore, by measuring the amount of oxygen that is depleted from the sample as a result of such bacterial action, the balance within the aquatic environment can be measured. Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) is a test that adds a strong chemical oxidizing agent to the wastewater sample in order to estimate the result of bacterial action. Although it is completely artificial, it is considered to yield a result that may be used as the basis on which to calculate a reasonably accurate and reproducible estimate of the oxygen-demanding properties of a wastewater. The COD's advantages (compared to the BOD test) are that it takes under three hours for completion and is not subject to the interference from toxic materials that can affect the results of the BOD. Both of these are standard tests for estimating the health of an aquatic environment.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

CT

Clearance Time - The CT indicates the time needed to eliminate or biodegrade a substance to a certain percentage in an organism. For example, the CT50 indicates the time needed to eliminate 50% of a certain substance, analogous to the half-life time measure t1/2.
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SOURCE :     MBDC