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An information portal  for the rapidly expanding topic of eco labels.

Eco labelling can help prevent climate change / global warming and deforestation, and promotes sustainability and good human welfare. It helps us choose between products on the basis of their impact, but with the tide of "greenwash" coming your way which ones are good, bad or ugly.

Eco Labelling might include information on Embodied Carbon, Embodied Water (Virtual Water), or even Ecology.

Some labels already widely used as are Organic (Soil Association) and Ethical (Fair Trade) for example.

If consumers are to be steered towards greener shopping then they must be informed about the "greenness" of the products by a well managed and accurate labelling system. How can you shop in an environmentally beneficial way if you don't know how green a product is compared to its rival?

Introduction:

Eco labelling is a way of telling consumers what impact their shopping practices have on the environment. Good green labelling helps you look after the environment, in the same way that nutritional labelling on food helps you look after your body.

It is important as it helps people when they go shopping to decide which products will help ensure a clean green future for humankind, combating global warming / climate change, habitat destruction and mistreatment of workers in developing countries. When a shopper buys a green product they are supporting / voting for that type of product and as such other manufactures will have to compete to keep the items they sell as green a possible, otherwise they won't sell.

In the UK there are murmurings now of a national carbon labelling system being developed, and various trials are being undertaken by numerous companies.

The Carbon Trust launched their embodied carbon label with the "foot print" design. The Carbon Trust are a main player in the green labelling system, they have developed standards to help standardise the quantification of embodied carbon within products.

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 These are vital to the success of a green labelling system, as claims made must be displayed in such a way that they are directly comparable with rival products, a standardised approach ensures this.

The question is, should we consider including other types of information within that label for instance, embodied water. Embodied carbon labelling may help us minimise the impact our shopping has on global warming, but what about robbing dry countries of their water. This may seem trivial but, in countries where water is a precious resource, there is often conflict over water.

What do want the produce you buy to tell you? Click the links at the tops of the page and see what various institutions are doing to advance the filed of eco labelling, and helping the environment. Find out how it works. Submit your thoughts. Discuss Ideas for the Future. Read up to date News.

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