More and more products are coming out touting that they are less harmful to the environment or are earthy friendly, but in order to use this type of labeling the product must be manufactured with minimal energy and packaging should be made of recycled materials (think the paper grocery bags at Whole Foods supermarkets). Not all manufacturers follow the full guidelines that entitle this “green” messaging, so by referencing the logos listed below you can ensure that the products and produce you purchase are in fact “green”:
For products to use the USDA labeling it must contain at least 95% organic ingredients that have not had any chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides or genetically modified organisms used.
For products to use this ECOCERT logo all ingredients must be 100% of natural origin.
For products to use the NPA Certified logo the ingredients must be 95% natural or from natural sources that are renewable. Packaging must be from recycled materials and no animal testing.
In a world where we are bombarded with logos and messaging to influence our purchase behavior, pay attention to the three logos above to help ensure you are buying products that are truly good for our environment and good for you as well.
September 18th, 2009