Environmental Product Labels for Real Green Certification

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As the green wave grows stronger, companies are doing what ever they can to market to the new greener generation of shoppers. If you are anything like me, when looking for new products, I generally look for green or organic labeling of some sort.

While the popularity of green product claims grow more and more, companies are adding labels that are there to make you think a product is something it is not! Green labeling has become so misleading the term green washing has become and recognizing real green products can be hard.

A good example.

Many do not realize would be the label “unscented”. Most would believe that means no perfumes or fragrance has been added, when in reality, it does NOT mean that. In reading product labels, you will find many items marked as unscented do actually have perfumes or fragrance added.

Eco-labeling is a voluntary approach to environmental performance certification that is practiced around the world. An eco-label identifies a product that meets specified performance criteria or standards. In contrast to “green” symbols or claim statements made by manufacturers and service providers, an eco-label is awarded by a third-party organization for products or services that are determined to meet specific environmental criteria.

With that said, I want to share with you a few eco labels I look for on products I purchase now, and why I support these eco labels. Here are a few eco-labels you may look for your next shopping trip that actually verify products carrying their labels!

  • Green Seal– An independent, non-profit organization that strives to achieve a healthier and cleaner environment by identifying and promoting environmentally responsible products. Green Seal is a product credential that is well recognized and respected.The Green Seal indicates that a product was made by a company attempting to minimize the use of toxins and the waste of natural resources.
  • USDA Certified Organic: The Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) and the National Organic Program (NOP) assure consumers that the organic agricultural products they purchase are produced, processed, and certified to consistent national organic standards. The labeling requirements of the NOP apply to raw, fresh products and processed products that contain organic agricultural ingredients. Agricultural products that are sold, labeled, or represented as organic must be produced and processed in accordance with the NOP standards. Any inspecting agency will have to be accredited by the USDA.Agricultural products labeled “100 percent organic” and “organic” cannot be produced using excluded methods, sewage sludge, or ionizing radiation.
  • Fair Trade Certified: Fair Trade is more than a fair price! You are supporting Fair labor conditions, Environmental sustainability, and Community development to name a few.When you see the Fair Trade Certified logo you can be assured fair trade principles are met!To become fair trade certified workers on Fair Trade farms must have freedom of association, safe working conditions, and living wages. Fair Trade farmers and farm workers invest Fair Trade premiums in social and business development projects like scholarship programs, quality improvement trainings, and organic certification. Harmful agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect farmers’ health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations.

TransFair allows U.S. companies to display the Fair Trade Certified label on products that meet strict Fair Trade standards. Fair Trade Certification is currently available in the U.S. for coffee, tea and herbs, cocoa and chocolate, fresh fruit, sugar, rice, and vanill

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