QnA – What is an environmental label?


LabelsGreen products are multiplying every year; you can find them in super markets and stores in our neighborhoods. Some respect more the environment than others and to help you recognize them special logos/labels are printed on the products. The labels are not printed freely by the manufacturers as they have first to pass the certification process which analyses and judges the ecological level of each product. It is important to understand that some products are ecological in the way they are produced, but others go further by using only organic substances or trees from controlled forests. Every category of product (clothes, technology, paper, food…) has their specific labels. In order to help you recognize them correctly and give you an in-depth list of the existing labels, we will list them one by one in this new category.

What is an Ecological Certification?

An environmental certification is a process that a company chooses to follow in order to prove to the public the environmental qualities of its product. The environmental certification procedure consists in analyzing the cycle of life of the product and determines which parts are environmental friendly or not. Usually the process takes into account a certain number of factors from the production process until the selling and consumption process.

You can find certification for every type of products from Food to technologies.

What is the difference between local and European certification?

Some certification’s organisms have internationalized their labels, meaning their scope includes products from all the European Union. Others organisms are local and specific to a country. For example, here is Greece we have a certification organism for Food that is called DYO and which certifies only Greek products. The difference is the criteria that the organisms take into account, and this is what we will see in the next articles.

Why companies apply such logos?Labelling Photo credit: Corbis

Manufacturers choose to print a logo voluntary in order to valorize their actions for the environment. These logos help companies to underline the environmental interest of the products they market. But it is not always easy to understand their signification even if manufacturers have been trained and well-informed on this matter. Every logo does not bring you the same certification and surely do not ensure you that every products respects the same values and criteria. In addition, all logos do not provide the same environmental safeguards.

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