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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.
Some labels already widely used as are
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
way if you don't know how green a product is compared to its rival?
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
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
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.
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
What do want the produce you buy to tell you? Click the
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