Can we really expect to live a healthy life without the help of Mother Nature? Let’s make sure She survives by being environmentally-conscious consumers! Here are a few logos to look for when you’re shopping.
Being green is hot right now and let’s hope it’s more than just a fad. To help us make the right choices, an increasing number of green certifiers have been marking products which support sustainability. Here are a few certification marks to emboss on your brain:
PEFC partners with independent regulatory groups, forest managers, timber companies and paper producers worldwide to help assure sustainable forest management. One of the PEFC Council’s key priorities is to advance the shared interests of more than 20 certifiers across the globe, including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
An FSC certification indicates that a product was created using responsible forest management practices through the entire “chain-of-custody” – from the forest to the mill, merchant, printer and end-user. FSC also takes into account biodiversity and the rights of the indigenous peoples in evaluating the forest management element of a product.
Project POTICO (Palm Oil, Timber, Carbon Offsets) is a partnership between NewPage Corporation and the World Resources Institute (WRI) to address the rapid deterioration of Indonesia’s tropical forests. The project aims to divert new oil-palm plantations away from virgin forests onto other available areas in three ways: palm-oil sustainability certification; investing to encourage palm-oil companies to use already-contracted lands for forestry instead, using sustainable methods; and creating carbon offset-related benefits for palm-oil companies.
SFI, Inc. is an independent charitable organization that works with a variety of other entities, including landowners, local communities, conservation groups and many others, to advance responsible forest management. SFI offers two seal types, Percent Certified Content and Fiber Sourcing, to certify that a product utilizes legal and sustainable sources.
Products carrying the ENERGY STAR seal – from appliances and building materials in the home, to office machines and other commercial products in business environments – contribute to energy conservation and cost savings for companies and consumers alike. ENERGY STAR is a joint program created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
One of the world’s best-known seals, the PCW mark’s rotating arrows indicate a product using paper with post-consumer waste content. To qualify for PCW certification, the paper must contain a defined percentage of waste paper reclaimed after consumer use – a key distinction aimed at reducing the amount of paper waste that goes to landfills each year.
Representing one of the United States’ leading independent environmental certification programs, the Green-e mark is offered by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions to indicate companies that purchase or generate certified renewable energy.
Green seal offers its mark to certify environmentally responsible practices among manufacturers and users of a wide variety of products, including construction materials and equipment, household, institutional and industrial cleaning materials, and a full gamut of paper products, from fine printing papers to coffee filters.
This post was originally printed in a crazy, awesome educational booklet published by NewPage as “a reference to inspire, to inform and to create dialogue. So I’m passing this knowledge to you!
Are any of these logos new to you? What certification marks do you look for when shopping?