Category: Ecolabels

“Carbon score is the next big thing,” predicts CGC co-head, industry experts gathered by FoodBytes!

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Carbon labeling for food and beverage may be coming faster than originally predicted, and soon may hold more sway with consumers than other popular certifications as the ongoing pandemic accelerates consumer interest in sustainable diets, predict industry stakeholders gathered by FoodBytes! during a recent roundtable discussion about transparency in the supply chain.

The Effects of Environmental Sustainability Labels on Selection, Purchase, and Consumption of Food and Drink Products: A Systematic Review

Potter, C. et al. (2021) “The Effects of Environmental Sustainability Labels on Selection, Purchase, and Consumption of Food and Drink Products: A Systematic Review.” Environment and Behavior doi: 10.1177/0013916521995473.

Abstract: This review assessed the effects of environmental labels on consumers’ demand for more sustainable food products. Six electronic databases were searched for experimental studies of ecolabels and food choices. We followed standard Cochrane methods and results were synthesized using vote counting. Fifty-six studies (N = 42,768 participants, 76 interventions) were included. Outcomes comprised selection (n = 14), purchase (n = 40) and consumption (n = 2). The ecolabel was presented as text (n = 36), logo (n = 13) or combination (n = 27). Message types included: organic (n = 25), environmentally sustainable (n = 27), greenhouse gas emissions (n = 17), and assorted “other” message types (n = 7). Ecolabels were tested in actual (n = 15) and hypothetical (n = 41) environments. Thirty-nine studies received an unclear or high RoB rating. Sixty comparisons favored the intervention and 16 favored control. Ecolabeling with a variety of messages and formats was associated with the selection and purchase of more sustainable food products.

Eco-nutrition Label for Labware Could Make Science a Greener Place To Be

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In science, being green can be challenging and recycling not always possible, or at least not made possible. Large quantities of disposable plasticware for example may head for clinical waste incineration or decontamination and landfill rather than entering the recycling process. Polystyrene is widely used, in the form of packing and insulative boxes, for shipping reagents, equipment and samples and is notoriously challenging for recycling efforts. The production of some reagents can have a significant environmental impact. And then there is the equipment itself which can be incredibly power hungry.

One not-for-profit organization has introduced a vendor neutral environmental impact factor labeling scheme – ACT (accountability, consistency, and transparency) – similar in many ways to the food nutritional labeling scheme we are used to seeing on our supermarket shelves. The aim? To provide information about the environmental impact of manufacturing, using, and disposing of a product and its packaging, making it easier to choose safe, sustainable products in the laboratory.

We spoke to Allison Paradise, founder and until very recently CEO of My Green Lab, about the ACT initiative that they have developed and how it is helping to make the laboratory a greener place to be.

Green Seal at 30: What we’ve learned

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As Green Seal celebrates its 30th anniversary, we have been looking back at our history and the role we have played in the wider story of the sustainability movement. We’ve also been digging into our archives to unearth information about the state of the green market 30 years ago, and to reveal key moments where Green Seal catalyzed economy-wide shifts toward safer, greener products. You can see it all in our interactive timeline here

Here are seven things we have learned from 30 years of pioneering the ecolabeling movement.

Why Food Reformers Have Mixed Feelings About Eco-Labels

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Take a walk through the grocery store; the packages are talking to you, proclaiming their moral virtue, appealing to your ideals: organic, cage-free, fair trade.

When I dug into the world of eco-labels recently, I was surprised to find that some of the people who know these labels best are ambivalent about them.

‘Plastic Free Trust Mark’ helps customers dodge plastic packaging

Read the full story at Inhabitat.

New labeling will assist shoppers in buying food and drinks that aren’t packaged in plastic. Campaign group A Plastic Planet is behind what’s called the Plastic Free Trust Mark, adopted thus far by some supermarket chains and a tea company. The campaigners are hoping that the labeling will inspire more retailers to jump on the plastic-free bandwagon.

Greenwashed Timber: How Sustainable Forest Certification Has Failed

Read the full story at e360.

The Forest Stewardship Council was established to create an international system for certifying sustainable wood. But critics say it has had minimal impact on tropical deforestation and at times has served only to provide a cover for trafficking in illegal timber.

States Go First: How States Can Save Consumers Money, Reduce Energy and Water Waste, and Protect the Environment with New Appliance Standards

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National appliance standards cover products ranging from refrigerators to commercial air conditioners to electric motors. Most of today’s national standards started out at the state level. Even when state standards do not become national ones, adoption by just a few states can be enough to affect national markets. This report examines the opportunity for states to again take the lead in advancing appliance standards to save energy and water, lower utility bills for consumers and businesses, and reduce air pollutant emissions. We provide recommendations for state standards for 21 products and state-by-state estimates of potential savings.

EPA ‘Safer Choice’ Label Program, Criteria Under Fire

Read the full story in BNA’s Daily Environment Report.

Does a detergent that Procter & Gamble Co. makes merit a ‘safer’ label designation? The issue has re-ignited a debate among trade association executives over the type of analysis needed to justify such labels.

Don’t Tread on ENERGY STAR

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In its recent budget outline, the new administration proposes to eliminate funding for the ENERGY STAR® program. An earlier leaked draft suggested that the private sector should take over the program and that a government role is not needed. Others have suggested that ACEEE should run the program. We strongly disagree.

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