A-Z of Eco Labelling: 184 Green Certifications Explained

Increased consumer demand for environmentally conscious products and services has given rise to rapid growth in the green certifications industry.

From certified forests to energy-efficient products that conserve precious natural resources, there is now an ecolabel and certification body for every green market you can think of.

Here is our summary of 184 of the most commonly found green certifications and ecolabels in the U.S.

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1% For The Planet

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Founded in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard and Craig Mathews, 1% for the Planet challenges businesses to put their money where their green mouths are and donate 1% of their gross sales to environmentally focused charities.

There are now over 3,000 1% for the Planet members, raising more than $250,000,000 for worthy causes to date.

80 PLUS

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CLEAResult created the 80 PLUS program to help manufacturers install energy-efficient power supplies into desktop computers.

It’s evolved over the years and now covers a wide range of energy-efficient technologies in retail and commercial applications.

80 PLUS requires the power supply in computers and servers to be at least 80% energy-efficient when running at 20%, 50%, and 100% load.

American Grassfed Association

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Grassfed products come from animals that have been fed exclusively on their mother’s milk and grass, or grass-based hay, for their entire life.

The American Grassfed Association (AGA) took over from the USDA as the leading certificate provider for grassfed products in 2009.

AGA’s standards apply to ruminant meat animals (beef, bison, goat, lamb, and sheep), dairy cattle, and pastured pork.

AGA certified producers are inspected in the following four areas at least every 15 months:

  • 100% grass diet
  • Raised on pasture with no confinement
  • No antibiotics or hormones
  • Family farm origin

Animal Welfare Approved

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Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) is an independent, nonprofit farm certification program.

A Greener World (AGW) runs the program. They claim to have “the most rigorous standards for farm animal welfare and environmental sustainability across the globe”.

AGW runs six certifications in total. Five of which are currently active, and one is coming soon:

  • Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW
  • Certified Grassfed by AGW
  • Certified Non-GMO by AGW
  • Salmon Welfare Certified by AGW
  • Certified Regenerative by AGW
  • Certified Organic by AGW (coming soon)

Audubon International

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For over 30 years, Audubon International has been on a mission “to create environmentally sustainable environments where people live, work, and play”.

They currently manage the following certifications covering new land developments, land development renovations, schools, businesses, golf courses, lodging facilities, communities, and neighborhoods:

  • Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program
  • ACSP for Golf
  • Classic Sanctuary Program
  • Green Hospitality Program
  • Green Lodging Program
  • Signature Sanctuary Program
  • Sustainable Communities Program

BASF Eco-Efficiency Analysis

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BASF Eco-Efficiency Analysis aims to harmonize economy and ecology.

It looks at a product’s environmental impact and cost-effectiveness to help customers make a more informed choice.

BASF started this holistic approach in 1996 and was one of the first chemical companies to do so.

Best Aquaculture Practices

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When you see a Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification on packaging, you know that the seafood inside came from BAP-certified facilities.

BAP certifies every step in the production chain. BAP built its standards on what they believe to be four pillars of sustainability:

  • Food safety
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Social accountability
  • Animal health and welfare.

Better Environmental Sustainability Targets Standard 1001

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Better Environmental Sustainability Targets (BEST) Standard 1001 relates to lead battery manufacturer.

It provides recognition for manufacturers that meet minimum emission standards and also take back end-of-life batteries for eco-friendly recycling.

Bio Suisse

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Bio Suisse, founded in 1981, is the federation of Swiss organic farmers.

The organization consists of 32 organic farmers' associations and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL.

Any product carrying the Bio Suisse certification has to meet strict organic standards.

Bird Friendly

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75% of coffee farms worldwide destroy forests to grow coffee. They also often use harmful pesticides and fertilizers. When forests disappear, migratory songbirds also disappear.

In a bid to reduce habitat loss, Smithsonian scientists created the Bird Friendly coffee certification.

Bird Friendly coffee stats:

  • Nearly 37,000 acres (14,932 hectares) of Bird Friendly habitat
  • Bird Friendly coffee farms in 11 countries
  • More than 5,100 participating coffee growers
  • More than 34 million pounds of coffee

Blue Angel

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Blue Angel has been the ecolabel of the federal government in Germany since 1978.

It sets high standards for environmentally friendly product design.

For more than four decades, Blue Angel has proven itself a reliable guide for sustainable consumption.

BLUESIGN

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BLUESIGN provides holistic solutions in sustainable textile processing and manufacturing.

BLUESIGN is an independent authority that checks the progress companies have made and offers ongoing support and guidance where needed.

When you see the BLUESIGN logo on an item, you know it was manufactured with responsible use of resources and the lowest possible impact on people and the environment.

BREEAM

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BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is a method used to assess the environmental impact of buildings.

This is done through independent certification.

BRE Global Certified Environmental Profile

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This is a method of assessing the environmental effects associated with building material. Not just during the building phase but throughout the entire lifecycle of the building.

Once BRE Global awards a Certified Environmental Profile certification, it’s reviewed annually and recalculated every three years.

Burn Wise From The United States Environmental Protection Agency

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Burn Wise from the U.S. (EPA) is a program that aims to promote “the importance of burning the right wood, the right way, in the right appliance”.

The program covers wood stoves, fireplaces, and hydronic heaters (outdoor wood boilers).

EPA strengthened the clean air standards for wood heaters in 2015 to make them cleaner and improve air quality.

Wood heaters must fully comply with the requirements of the 2015 Rule to be EPA-certified.

C.A.F.E. Practices

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Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices is a program that helps Starbucks ensure that its coffee purchasing processes remain ethical and sustainable.

California Certified Organic Farmers

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California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) is a nonprofit organization whose vision is to make organic the norm for food standards.

It was founded in California over 40 years ago and governed by the farmers who produce the food.

CCOF works hard to advance organic agriculture through producer and consumer education, political advocacy, and trade support.

Canadian Standards Association Sustainable Forest Management

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The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Sustainable Forest Management System (SFM) standard is leading the way when it comes to forest certification in Canada.

Dating back to 1996, it’s the first national sustainable forest management standard in the world and Canada’s official national standard for sustainable forest management.

There are more forests certified to the CSA SFM than any other national standard.

Carbon Care Certification

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The Carbon Care Certification is awarded to organizations that have demonstrated they’re actively managing and reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs).

Enviro-access manages the program. There are two levels (Basic and Carbon Neutral).

The credibility of the program is ensured by the strict certification process built on the highest GHG verification and quantification standards.

CarbonFree Product Certification

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The CarbonFree Product Certification increases awareness of product emissions and highlights the companies offsetting their entire carbon footprint.

Any product achieving a Carbonfree Product Certification also becomes part of the Amazon Climate Pledge Friendly Program.

CarbonNeutral

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CarbonNeutral is a global standard to certify that businesses have calculated and reduced their CO2 emissions to net-zero. This standard applied to companies, products, operations, and services.

The CarbonNeutral badge is awarded to products and events that have achieved carbon neutrality in line with The CarbonNeutral Protocol.

Carbon Neutral Certification

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The Carbon Neutral Certification, managed by Verus, is given to businesses that offset their carbon footprint via their official program.

Carbon Reduction Label

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The Carbon Reduction Label is a way to clearly identify products that have had their carbon footprints certified by the Carbon Trust.

The Carbon Trust is an independent organization and leading expert on carbon footprinting.

Certified B Corporation

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Certified B Corporations (also known as B Corps) are legally required to consider the impact of their decision-making on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment.

This creates a new kind of business model that balances purpose and profit.

Customers want to buy from businesses they believe in. Certified B Corporation is a powerful way to build credibility, trust, and value.

There are currently over 3,700 Certified B Corporations, across 150 industries, in 74 countries championing environmentally responsible practices.

Certified Humane Raised & Handled

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This certification ensures that lamb, poultry, and beef products are raised and handled humanely. It also covers animals raised for dairy.

Traceability systems are in place so, when you see the Certified Humane Raised & Handled logo on a product, you know it has met high standards for farm animal treatment.

Certified Naturally Grown

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Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) is seen as an alternative to the USDA's National Organic Program.

It offers certification for farmers and beekeepers producing food, flowers, and fiber by working in harmony with nature, with zero reliance on synthetic chemicals or genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

More than 750 farmers and beekeepers in the U.S. and Canada are part of the CNG program.

Certified Pesticide Residue Free

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A Certified Pesticide Residue Free label on your food means that your fresh or processed fruits, vegetables, grains, juices, fiber, and plant seedlings conform to the strictest pesticide residue standard in the industry.

It’s proof that the product contains no pesticide residues within set limits. These limits surpass government requirements by a long way.

Certified Vegan

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The Certified Vegan logo is a registered trademark that tells you the product you’re buying is 100% vegan and does not contain animal ingredients or by-products.

It also guarantees that no animal ingredients or by-products were used during manufacture, and no animal testing took part.

It has been around for over 20 years and has become a trusted and well-recognized vegan logo in North America, with 1,072 certified companies and over 10,000 Certified Vegan products.

Certified Wildlife Friendly

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Certified Wildlife Friendly is managed by the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN) to conserve threatened wildlife and enhance rural communities.

WFEN works in partnership with herders and ranchers to ensure wildlife corridors through working lands and enable resilience for wildlife in the face of climate change.

The WFEN goes about its work with three fundamental principles in mind:

  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Economic Well Being
  • Accountability

CertiPUR-US

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CertiPUR-US is a foam certification program administered by Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam, Inc., a not-for-profit organization.

When you buy a product carrying the CertiPUR-US certification, you can be sure of the following:

  • It was made without ozone depleters
  • It was made without PBDEs, TDCPP, or TCEP  flame retardants
  • It was made without mercury, lead, and other heavy metals
  • It was made without formaldehyde
  • It was made without phthalates

CLEAN AT SEPHORA

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The CLEAN AT SEPHORA ecolabel is an initiative from beauty brand Sephora.

All products marked CLEAN AT SEPHORA have been formulated without parabens, sulfates SLS and SLES, phthalates, mineral oils, formaldehyde, and more.

Cleaner and Greener

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The Cleaner and Greener certification from Leonardo Academy is designed to help buildings, events, and organizations achieve emissions offsetting.

The type of certificate awarded depends on the level of greenhouse gas emissions offsetting achieved:

  • Reporting Level: Report emissions and implement reductions
  • Bronze Certification: 25% of emissions offset
  • Silver Certification: 50% of emissions offset
  • Gold Certification: 100% of emissions offset
  • Platinum Certification: 100% of greenhouse gas and health-related emissions offset

Cleaning Industry Management Standard

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The Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) has been designed to assist cleaning organizations in improving cleanliness and contain costs.

Six best-practice management areas make up the CIMS:

  • Quality system
  • Service delivery
  • Human resources
  • Health, safety, and environmental stewardship
  • Management commitment
  • Green Building

Clean Marine Green Leaf Eco-Rating Program

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This voluntary program was developed when the Ontario Marine Operators Association (OMOA), with the help of over twenty marine industry professionals and Ontario’s boaters’ and anglers’ associations, formed the Clean Marine Partnership.

The Clean Marine Green Leaf Eco-Rating Program is now recognized as the leading program for environmental best practices for the marine industry in North America.

Climate Neutral Certified

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Climate Neutral works to decrease global emissions by helping companies measure, offset, and reduce their carbon emissions.

They also help customers find companies committed to eliminating their emissions by offering a searchable database.

Climate Pledge Friendly

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Climate Pledge Friendly is an Amazon initiative designed to help you discover and shop for more sustainable products.

Collaborative For High Performance Schools

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The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) maintains that kids get better education results in schools with comfortable classrooms, good lighting, and clean air.

CHPS works with schools to make changes that ensure every child has the best learning environment possible while having the most negligible potential impact on the planet.

Compact by Design

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Compact by Design is a sustainability certification created by Amazon. It identifies products that have an efficient design resulting in less packaging waste.

With the removal of excess air and water, products require less packaging and become more efficient to ship.

These small changes lead to significant carbon emission reductions.

Climate Registered

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The Climate Registry (TCR) is a non-profit organization fighting climate change by reducing the emissions of North American organizations.

Representatives from diverse U.S. states and Canadian provinces and territories advise TCR.

The Climate Registered program helps recognize the efforts of organizations “who exemplify true excellence in greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting”.

Compostable By Biodegradable Products Institute

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The Compostable logo from Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) is given to products that meet ASTM D6400 (for plastics) or ASTM D6868 (for fiber), meaning they will compost to a set level in commercial composting facilities.

BPI is an organization driven by science. They champion a circular economy. This is achieved through the promotion of products designed to biodegrade in specific environments fully.

Cotton Made in Africa

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Cotton made in Africa is an initiative set up by the Aid by Trade Foundation.

It’s one of the world’s leaders in sustainably produced cotton with a goal to help people help themselves rather than rely upon donations.

Cotton made in Africa is building an alliance of international retail companies to offer socially and ecologically sustainable raw materials for today’s exacting marketplace.

The three pillars of sustainability form the core of the Cotton made in Africa standard (People, Planet, Prosperity).

Cradle To Cradle Certified

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Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Certified has become a worldwide recognized certifier of sustainable products made for the circular economy.

In order to acquire certification, products are assessed for environmental and social performance across five key sustainability categories:

  • Material health
  • Material reuse
  • Renewable energy and carbon management
  • Water stewardship
  • Social fairness

A product is awarded an achievement level (Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum) for each category, and renewal is required every two years.

CRI Green Label

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The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) launched the Green Label program in 1992 to test carpet, cushions, and adhesives to identify products with very low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

CRI launched the Green Label Plus program in the 2000s to set even higher standards and help customers purchase the lowest emitting products possible.

CRI initiatives help improve the quality of indoor air and carpet lifespan.

Danish Indoor Climate Label

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The Danish Indoor Climate Label was founded in 1993 by the Danish housing minister.

Operated by Danish Technological Institute (DTI), it’s a tool to aid the development and selection of products that reduce indoor air pollution.

For a Danish Indoor Climate Label to be awarded to a product, it needs to be subjected to extensive testing for the release of chemical compounds.

Declare

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Launched in 2012 by International Living Future Institute (ILFI), Declare’s goal is to change the materials marketplace positively. This is done by offering simplicity and ease of use to manufacturers and specifiers to create a transparent materials economy.

Declare is a label for building product ingredients and is backed up by an extensive online database.

The Declare label answers three key questions:

  • Where does a product come from?
  • What is it made of?
  • Where does it go at the end of its life?

Degree of Green

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Degree of Green, launched in 2007, is a resource hub that helps educate people on how to build healthy and green.

Demeter Biodynamic

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Demeter Biodynamic, from Demeter Association, Inc., is a certification that Biodynamic farming practices have been used.

A farm must avoid all synthetic chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and transgenic contamination if it wishes to become Demeter Biodynamic certified.

Dolphin Safe Fishing

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For over 30 years, the International Marine Mammal Project has been fighting to protect dolphins, whales, and the ocean environment as a whole.

They pioneered the Dolphin Safe Fishing standard to stop the intentional chasing and netting of dolphins.

The International Marine Mammal Project played a crucial role in the rescue and release of the orca whale Keiko, made famous in the movie Free Willy.

Downpass

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Downpass is a certification standard that improves the welfare of the animals supplying down for bedding products and clothing.

Downpass accreditation is awarded to products that pass regular zero-tolerance on-site inspections.

This zero-tolerance approach means customers can shop for down-filled products that are certified not to be filled with any products obtained from foie gras production or by live-plucking.

DUBOkeur

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Developed by NIBE in 2004, the DUBOkeur label certifies the best environmental and health choices for a product.

Earth Advantage

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Earth Advantage is a nonprofit organization working with the building industry to develop and implement sustainable practices.

They focus on a three-pronged approach to address the impact on the environment of residential buildings (Standards, Data, Training).

EarthCheck

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EarthCheck (previously known as EC3 Global) is a benchmarking certification and international tourism advisory group.

Since launching back in 1987, EarthCheck has helped deliver clean, safe, and healthy destinations for travelers by breaking resource challenges into more minor, easier-to-manage actions.

It has become known as a leader in the field of green tourism verification and certification.

EcoBroker

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Founded in 2001, the EcoBroker program offers sustainable business practice training to property owners, buyers, and investors within the real estate industry.

The program has members in every state in the U.S. It also covers Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and New Zealand.

Ecocert

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When you buy a product carrying an Ecocert certification, you can be sure it’s been produced with the best environmentally friendly and socially conscious practices in mind.

With over 30 years of experience, the Ecocert group owns and operates some of the best-known certifications, programs, and standards in the U.S., specializing in organic agricultural products.

eco-INSTITUT

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This ecolabel originates from Germany. It tests and certifies how products used in homes affect indoor air quality.

The company behind the eco-INSTITUT label has over 30 years of experience in emissions testing and pollutant analysis.

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The ECOLOGO Certification Program was established in 1988 and acquired by UL Environment, a division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), in 2010.

ECOLOGO Certified products, services, and packaging are tested and proven to have a reduced environmental impact.

Eco-Schools

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Covering 56,000 schools in 70 countries, Eco-Schools is the most extensive global sustainable schools program in the world.

Through training and education, it aims to engage the youth of today, so they’re better equipped to save the planet of tomorrow.

EDGE

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Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) enables construction professionals to identify cost-effective ways to reduce energy use, water use and embodied energy in materials.

EDGE project designs are verified by an Auditor and certified by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).

EDGE has certified 21,635,083 m² of floor space, saving 821,353 MWh in energy every year.

ENERGY STAR

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The ENERGY STAR program is backed by the U.S. government to increase energy efficiency by providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that customers and businesses rely on daily to make their purchasing decisions.

Over the life of the ENERGY STAR so far, every $1 spent on the program has resulted in $350 in energy cost savings for American businesses and households.

The ENERGY STAR label helps people reduce their energy use.

In 2019, ENERGY STAR helped Americans save nearly 500 billion kWh of electricity. That equates to a saving of around $39 billion in energy costs.

Environmental Working Group Verified

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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) Verified mark is awarded to products that are free from what the EWG calls “chemicals of concern”.

EWG Verified can be found on personal care products, baby care products, and cleaning products.

There are currently over 1,800 EWG Verified products.

The EWG rating system ranks a product’s level of chemical toxicity on the following scale:

  • VERIFIED: Meets EWG's strictest standards for health and transparency.
  • A: LOWEST CONCERN - Few/no known or suspected hazards to health or the environment. Good ingredient disclosure.
  • B: LOW CONCERN - Limited potential for hazards to health or the environment. At least some ingredient disclosure.
  • C: MODERATE CONCERN - Some potential for hazards to health or the environment. At least some ingredient disclosure.
  • D: HIGH CONCERN - Likely hazards to health or the environment. May also have poor ingredient disclosure.
  • F: HIGHEST CONCERN - Potentially significant hazards to health or the environment or poor ingredient disclosure.

EnviroStars

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The EnviroStars program was set up to offer environmental assistance and recognition to businesses in the Washington State area.

EPA Lead-Safe Certification

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Anyone who is paid to perform work that disturbs paint in a house or child-occupied facilities built before 1978 must have an EPA Lead-Safe Certification.

This certification, regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is designed to protect workers and occupants from the dangers of lead exposure.

EPA Lead-Safe Certified does not apply in Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, or the Bois Forte Tribe.

EPA SmartWay

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EPA SmartWay is another program managed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Launched in 2004, this voluntary program is attempting to tackle the damaging environmental and public health impact of freight transportation.

Between 1990 and 2013, freight activity grew by over 50%. That number is projected to double again by 2040. By 2050 experts predict that global freight transport emissions will surpass those from passenger vehicles.

EPEAT

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The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is an online registry that allows consumers in 43 countries to evaluate, compare, and select electronics based on environmental, sustainable, and eco-friendly attributes.

EPEAT currently covers seven product categories, with an eighth due to be added in 2022:

  • Computers and displays
  • Imaging equipment
  • Mobile phones
  • Network equipment
  • Photovoltaic modules and inverters
  • Servers
  • Televisions
  • Wearables (coming 2022)

Equitable Origin Certified

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Equitable Origin was born in 2009, with a mission to protect people and the environment by ensuring that energy development is conducted under the highest possible social and planet-friendly standards.

e-Stewards

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e-Stewards is a global program ensuring that individuals and organizations adhere to the highest standard of environmental responsibility when disposing of old electronic equipment and tech (e-waste).

The program aims to put a stop to the export of illegal toxic e-waste to developing nations.

EU Ecolabel

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EU Ecolabel was established in 1992 and is now recognized across the globe as a label of environmental excellence.

It’s awarded to products and services that meet high environmental standards throughout the four stages of their life cycle.

  1. Raw material extraction
  2. Production
  3. Distribution
  4. Disposal

Fairtrade

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The Fairtrade logo is one of the most instantly recognizable of all the ecolabels.

Fairtrade ensures fairer trade terms between farmers and buyers. It also protects workers’ rights and provides a framework for producers to build thriving farms.

By choosing Fairtrade, consumers can initiate change through their small everyday actions.

You can find the Fairtrade logo on a vast range of products in the U.S. and beyond.

The organization as a whole manage numerous different standards, all of which share four common principles:

  • Social development
  • Economic development
  • Environmental development
  • Prohibition of forced labor and child labor

Fair Trade Certified

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When you buy a product with the Fair Trade Certified seal of approval, you know it’s met rigorous social, environmental, and economic standards.

The program likes to measure progress in the tangible difference it makes to the lives of communities around the world—things like safe working conditions, environmental protection, sustainable livelihoods, and community development funds.

FairWild

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The FairWild certification tells buyers that they’re dealing with legally, ethically, and sustainably harvested wild products.

Any FairWild-certified product will have been fair-traded. This means the benefits are felt by all those involved, right down to the local communities harvesting the wild plants.

FairWild has been banging the drum for sustainable, traceable, and ethical trade in wild plant ingredients since 2008.

FedEx EarthSmart

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Established in 2009, EarthSmart sets out the commitment of FedEx to environmental sustainability.

The program runs multiple initiatives that offer tangible business and environmental benefits, such as improving efficiencies in their vehicle and aircraft fleet and incorporating renewable energy at all FedEx facilities.

Florverde Sustainable Flowers

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The Florverde Sustainable Flowers (FSF) certification is given to flowers grown and harvested in Colombia and Ecuador that meet strict social and environmental standards.

The FSF certification framework is regulated by independent third parties and based on the ISO / IEC 17065 standard.

FSF impact in 2020:

  • 3,548 certified hectares
  • 105 certified farms in Colombia and Ecuador
  • 36,882 certified farm workers benefiting every year
  • 203 technical staff trained at Florverde Academy
  • 50% of the water used at FSF certified farms came from rainwater harvesting
  • 53% of all stems exported from Colombia were FSF certified (2.2 billion stems)

Food Alliance Certified

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Food Alliance started life as a project of Oregon State University, Washington State University, and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. It became a non-profit certification program in 1997.

Food Alliance certification is a voluntary program for agricultural producers and food companies to meet the growing demand from customers for traceability, transparency, social equality, and environmental responsibility.

With over two decades of experience under their belt, Food Alliance is the most experienced sustainable agriculture certifier in the U.S.

Food Alliance currently offers five certification programs for crop producers, livestock producers, shellfish farms, nurseries and greenhouses, and handling operations.

Forest Stewardship Council

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The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) are the original pioneers of forest certification. They have over 25 years of experience promoting environmentally appropriate, mutually socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests.

FSC certification comes in standards:

  • Forest Management Certification: This certification confirms that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity while ensuring it remains economically viable for everyone in the supply chain. A win for the planet and a win for the workers.
  • Chain of Custody Certification: This certification provides credible, reliable, and traceable confirmation that allows products with environmentally and socially responsible sources to access the market.

Look out for FSC certification if you are buying a sustainably grown Christmas tree.

FSC certification is the responsibility of independent certification bodies. The certification bodies are held to account by Assurance Services International.

Formaldehyde Free Verified

Formaldehyde Free Verified is a standard that guarantees a product does not contain formaldehyde or formaldehyde precursors.

Future Friendly - Proctor and Gamble

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Future Friendly is an award Proctor and Gamble give their own products to highlight eco-friendly attributes such as saving energy, saving water, reducing waste, produced from recycled materials, compostable, etc.

GHG Emissions Rating

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RightShip and Carbon War Room developed the GHG Emissions Rating tool to enable easy comparison of a ship’s efficiency.

It uses a simple A to G scale. A being the most efficient and G being the least efficient.

Global Good Agricultural Practice

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Global Good Agricultural Practice (GLOBALG.A.P.) is a private body responsible for setting voluntary standards for agricultural products certification around the globe.

GLOBALG.A.P. is a business-to-business standard, so it’s not one you’ll see on any retail packaging.

Global GreenTag

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Global GreenTag is registered in Australia and the U.S.

It’s a third-party certification program that uses Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) processes to rate products.

There is an online product finder tool to help you find Global GreenTag products.

Global Organic Latex Standard

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Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) ensures that the rubber trees used to produce latex are grown ethically, sustainably, and without pesticides, herbicides, and all other harmful chemicals.

To be awarded a GOLS certification, a product must contain at least 95% certified organic raw material.

Look out for GOLS certificate when choosing an eco-friendly mattress or a mattress topper.

Every step of the chain supplying the manufacturing process must meet strict standards to comply.

GOLS-certified products will be tested for, amongst other things, harmful chemical emissions, labor conditions, and filler material percentages.

Global Organic Textile Standard

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Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leader in textile processing standards for organic fibers and is backed by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.

GOTS certifies that there are no harmful chemicals like formaldehyde or heavy metals present in the product.

It also includes checks to ensure practices such as child labor and genetic engineering are not used.

GOTS is by far the most important organic certification you need to look out for when shopping for a crib mattress.

Global Recycle Standard

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Control Union Certifications developed the Global Recycle Standard (GRS) in 2008. They transferred ownership to the Textile Exchange in 2011.

GRS is an international, voluntary, full product standard that sets out the requirements for certification of recycled content, chain of ownership, social development, environmental principles, and use of chemicals.

Global Traceable Down Standard

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NSF International manages the Global Traceable Down (GTD) Standard to ensure that down, and other feathers used in consumer products are obtained without unnecessary harm to the animals.

Live-plucking of animals and feathers obtained from foie gras producers are outlawed.

Fully audited traceability prevents conventional down from being mixed with certified down.

Golf Environment Organization Foundation For Sustainable Golf

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The Golf Environment Organization (GEO) Foundation for Sustainable Golf is an international non-profit making organization dedicated to sustainability in golf.

GEO believes there are six key elements of sustainable golf (fostering nature, conserving resources, taking climate action, strengthening communities, sustainable development goals, and sharing results).

GoodWeave

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GoodWeave was created with one clear objective, to end child labor, forced labor, and bonded labor in global supply chains.

What started as a tiny effort in India has grown into a global organization with headquarters in Washington DC.

GoodWeave also has offices on the ground in the local communities of three major weaving countries (India, Nepal, and Afghanistan) and also consumer-based offices in Germany and the UK.

Green Advantage

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Soon after its creation in 1996, Green Advantage was awarded a grant from the U.S. EPA to develop a green certification system for construction workers.

Green Advantage is a non-profit that supplies green building education to construction workers.

Their vision is for this education to empower construction workers to deliver state-of-the-art, high-performance, healthy buildings that support social and economic sustainability.

Green Business

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Green Business is a certification program for small to medium-sized businesses run by a non-profit organization called Green America.

Green businesses adopt principles, policies, and practices that enhance the lives of their customers, employees, communities, and the planet.

All Green Business certified companies must:

  • Be socially and environmentally responsible
  • Care for their workers
  • Protect their customers and clients
  • Improve their communities

Green Business Bureau Seal

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The Green Business Bureau Seal gives visibility to companies that implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices in the workplace.

The program has three tiers (Aware, Gold, Platinum) awarded depending on the number of points a company earns during the verification process.

Eco-consultants perform independent verification from Green Irene.

Green C

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The Green C certification from the American Consumer Council (a non-profit consumer education organization) encourages and rewards green eco-friendly practices within the U.S. small business community.

GreenCircle Certified

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GreenCircle Certified was established in 2009 by Tara and Tad Radzinski. They have the fundamental belief that the world should know when a company commits to sustainability.

GreenCircle Certified companies have had their sustainability claims validated by a rigorous evaluation process.

The program currently offers six different certifications:

  • Recycled Content
  • Closed Loop Product
  • Certified Energy Savings
  • Biobased Content
  • Recycled Material
  • Life Cycle Assessment Optimized

Green-e

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The Green-e certification program (run by Center for Resource Solutions) is a trusted player in the world of clean energy certification, making it easier for businesses and individuals to purchase certificated clean energy confidently and for consumers to buy green products and services.

Green-e currently offers four certifications:

  • Green-e Climate: Used to certify carbon offset claims.
  • Green-e Energy: Used to certify clean energy claims.
  • Green-e Marketplace: Used to certify business, product, and brand claims.
  • Green-e Renewable Fuels: This new certification is currently focusing on biomethane products.

Green Flag Schools Program For Environmental Leadership

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This free education program, offered by the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ), seeks to offer a framework for students to become environmental leaders and initiate positive and permanent change in their communities.

The program is aimed at students of all ages and covers four main topics:

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Non-Toxic Products

Green Globe

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The Green Globe program is a structured assessment of the sustainability performance of travel and tourism-related businesses and their partners.

There are three certification levels (Certified Member, Gold Member, Platinum Member), and members are audited on four categories (sustainable management, social/economic, cultural heritage, and environmental).

Green Globe-certified hotels, resorts, attractions, and conference centers are amongst the most sustainable in the world.

Green Globes

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The Green Globes assessment system is used to rate buildings in Canada and the U.S.

In Canada, the program is managed by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).

In the U.S., the program is managed by the Green Building Initiative (GBI).

Green Good Housekeeping Seal

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The Green Good Housekeeping Seal was launched in 2009 by Good Housekeeping magazine and the Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI) to help customers navigate the murky world of greenwashing and identify genuinely eco-friendly products.

A product only earns the Green Good Housekeeping Seal once thoroughly tested and evaluated by the scientists and engineers at GHI.

A product carrying the Green Good Housekeeping Seal gives customers extra peace of mind. If the product develops a defective within two years of the purchase date, Good Housekeeping will (at their discretion) provide a replacement or refund up to $2,000 of the purchase price.

GREENGUARD

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GREENGUARD is an indoor air quality standard owned and operated by UL Environment.

If you see a GREENGUARD certification on a product, you can rest assured that it has passed one of the world’s most rigorous, third-party chemical emissions standards, and the level of VOCs released will be minimal.

The GREENGUARD program has developed world-leading test and emission limits for the following product groups:

  • Building materials, furniture, and furnishings
  • Electronic equipment
  • Cleaning and maintenance products
  • Medical devices for breathing gas pathways

Green Key Eco-Rating

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For over 20 years, Green Key Eco-Rating has evaluated the sustainable and eco-friendly credentials of properties in North America.

The program is recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and has been designed to give hotels, motels, and resorts the recognition they deserve when they commit to sustainable business practices.

The program has recently been extended and now also covers meeting and conference facilities via the Green Key Meetings certification.

Green Restaurant

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The Green Restaurant movement encourages restaurants to green their operations using transparent and science-based certification standards.

It’s backed by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA). An international nonprofit organization founded in 1990.

The GRA operates in 47 States and Canada, working with restaurants, manufacturers, and distributors to make the restaurant industry more sustainable.

Green Seal

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Green Seal is a non-profit organization and a pioneer in the world of ecolabeling.

Since 1989 the Green Seal mark has tried to transform the economy to help produce a greener world through its rigorous standards for health, sustainability, and product performance.

All third-party certification conducted by Green Seal follows guidelines set down by the U.S. EPA.

The Green Seal certification is part of Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly Program.

Green Shape

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Green Shape is a label VAUDE used to highlight their range of sustainable clothing and hiking gear.

To be awarded the Green Shape ecolabel, a product must be environmentally friendly, sustainable, and functional. They also need to be manufactured under fair working conditions for everyone in the supply chain.

Green Shield Certified

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Pest control operators who minimize their use of chemicals and commit to more sustainable and eco-friendly practices become Green Shield Certified.

Green Tick

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Green Tick Certification Limited (GTC) is a Government-approved sustainability certification authority in New Zealand and Australia.

It currently offers nine certification standards:

  • Green Tick Certified Sustainable
  • Green Tick Certified Natural
  • Green Tick Certified Carbon Neutral
  • Green Tick Certified Carbon Negative
  • Green Tick-Certified Carbon Credits
  • Green Tick Certified Organic
  • Green Tick Certified GE-FREE
  • Green Tick Certified Fair Trader
  • Green Tick Certified Green Bonds

GRESB

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GRESB is a certification that looks at the sustainability of real assets (such as real estate and infrastructure). Their vision is one of the real asset investment industry helping create a sustainable world.

HAND IN HAND

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Since 1988, the Rapunzel food company has sourced raw materials such as cocoa and whole cane sugar from countries around the world.

They set up their proprietary HAND IN HAND (HIH) ecolabel to focus on paying producers a fair price for their high-quality produce.

The HIH ecolabel can be found on all Rapunzel products that contain at least 50% of raw materials that meet fair trade standards.

Healthy Child Healthy World

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Created by James and Nancy Chuda, Healthy Child Healthy World has been a trusted knowledge base for parents since 1992.

James and Nancy are on a mission to empower parents, drive solutions, and shape policy.

Home Depot Eco Options

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Eco Options is the in-house sustainability program of Home Depot. It’s based on the following key pillars:

  • Carbon Emissions
  • Circularity
  • Responsible Chemistry
  • Sustainable Forestry
  • Water Conservation

IBU Type III Environmental Product Declaration

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This Type III declaration for building products, managed by Institut Bauen und Umwelt e. V. (IBU) is based on ISO 14025, ISO 21930, and EN 15804.

IBU is committed to sustainable building and will only give this declaration to building products that meet this ideology.

ICMA EcoLabel Standard Program

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The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) EcoLabel Standard Program provides an ecolabel for the plastic card (bank cards, etc.) industry.

The ICMA EcoLabel Standard Program is currently focusing on four criteria to help make plastic cards more sustainable:

  • Reduced Materials (Minimum of 25%)
  • Recycled Content (Minimum 25% Threshold)
  • Compostable (Municipal and Home)
  • Biobased Content (Minimum of 40%)

There are two certification levels. Declared (manufacturer registers their intention to meet the applicable criteria) and Verified (an independent third-party verifies that the manufacturer has met the relevant criteria).

Indoor airPLUS

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Indoor airPLUS is a voluntary partnership and labeling program created by the U.S. EPA to help new home builders improve the indoor environmental quality and air quality of their building projects.

IPM Star

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IPM Star has been designed to help schools and childcare providers reduce pests in a green and eco-friendly fashion.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) runs the IPM Star. The following principles form its core:

  • Knowledge
  • Monitoring and inspection
  • Action only when necessary
  • Documented performance
  • Least-toxic options
  • Effective pest management
  • Continuous improvement
  • Communication and outreach
  • Reduction in health and environmental risk is the bottom line

Just.

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Just. is a voluntary program from the International Living Future Institute. It enables companies of all sizes to disclose all aspects of their operations.

There are currently two versions of the Just. label.

Just. 1.0 rates companies on Diversity, Equity, Safety, Worker Benefit, Local Benefit, and Stewardship.

Just. 2.0 rates companies on Diversity & Inclusion, Equity, Employee Health, Employee Benefits, Stewardship, and Purchasing & Supply Chain.

LEAF Marque

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LEAF Mar­que is a glob­al assur­ance sys­tem designed to source and champion sus­tain­ably farmed prod­ucts.

For products to be awarded the LEAF Mar­que, they need to be inde­pen­dent­ly tested and ver­i­fied against the LEAF Mar­que Standard.

45% of fruit and vegetables grown in the UK are LEAF Marque certified.

Globally there are 299,185 hectares of crops being grown by LEAF Marque certified businesses.

Leaping Bunny

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The Leaping Bunny program, run by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIS), has been helping consumers identify cruelty-free companies and products since 1996.

CCIS is a partnership between American Anti-Vivisection Society, Animal Alliance of Canada, Beauty Without Cruelty, Cruelty Free International, Doris Day Animal League, Humane Society of the United States, National Anti-Vivisection Society, and Rise for Animals.

For a company to use the Leaping Bunny ecolabel on their products, they must agree to end animal testing at all stages of product development and production.

Look out for Leaping Bunny certification when choosing an eco-friendly shampoo, or other beauty products.

There are currently over 2,000 companies registered on the Leaping Bunny program.

Leather Working Group

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The Leather Working Group (LWG) is a not-for-profit organisation responsible for the world's leading environmental certification for the leather industry.

Since its creation in 2005 LWG has grown to 1,000 members from across the entire leather supply chain.

LWG is committed to improving environmental stewardship within the leather manufacturing industry.

LEED Green Rater

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LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

LEED Green Rater provides verification for the LEED certification of residential projects.

To allow complete verification, LEED Green Raters are involved with the project from the design phase to the end of the construction phase.

LEED Professional Credentials

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LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

LEED Professional Credentials show that an individual or organization has been tested and displayed proficiency in modern sustainable design and construction standards.

There are currently over 203,000 professionals who have been awarded a LEED credential.

Two levels of credentials are available.

  • LEED Green Associate: A entry-level credential that shows e competency in green building principles.
  • LEED AP With Specialty: A more advanced credential that shows expertise in green building and a unique understanding of a LEED rating system.

LEVEL

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LEVEL by the Business + Institution Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) is a system that identifies and certifies environmentally preferable and socially responsible office furniture.

The LEVEL system has three stages of award (1, 2, and 3).

LIVE

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Since 1999, LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) has been an independent certifier of sustainable green practices of winegrowers in the Pacific Northwest.

LIVE provides education and training to help to preserve the resources of the wine industry through the upholding of four key pillars (preservation, certification, social issues, and community).

MADE SAFE

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MADE SAFE is a U.S. ecolabel for everyday products, from baby and personal care to household and beyond.

The MADE SAFE mark lets you know that the products you’re using have been made with safe ingredients not known or suspected to harm human health.

Marine Stewardship Council

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The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is a leading light in keeping the fishing industry sustainable and ethical.

There are three core principles that every fishery must meet to become MSC-approved.

  • Sustainable fish stocks
  • Minimizing environmental impact
  • Effective fisheries management

MAS Certified Green

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MAS Certified Green is a laboratory specializing in testing products to ensure they emit low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Products are only permitted to carry the MAS Certified Green once they’ve passed a wide range of stringent tests.

NAHB Certified Green Professional

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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Certified Green Professional (CGP) recognizes builders, remodelers, and other building professionals who use sustainable construction practices without passing the costs on to customers.

Nearly 3,000 active CGPs are using sustainable construction practices in the U.S.

NATRUE

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NATRUE is a Brussels-based international non-profit association founded in 2007.

It’s committed to promoting natural and organic cosmetics across the globe and making it easier for consumers to identify green cosmetics brands.

NATRUE currently has more than 6900 certified products across over 300 products, using more than 700 certified and approved raw materials.

Nature’s Promise

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Nature’s Promise is a Hannaford store brand encompassing green products from ‘Free From’ items that exclude artificial/synthetic ingredients to USDA organic certified items.

Nike Considered Design

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Launched on October 28th, 2008, Nike Considered Design is the name given to ranges of Nike products with less environmental impact.

The number of Nike Considered Design items launched has reduced over the years, but there are still occasional offerings.

Non-GMO Project

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The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit making organization empowering consumers to choose products that care for them and the planet. This is done through a rigorous program of verification and education that empowers people to care for themselves, the planet, and future generations.

The Non-GMO Project is the only organization offering independent GMO (genetically modified organism) controls for products in the U.S. and Canada.

NPA Natural Seal

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All products with the NPA Natural Seal use at least 95 percent natural ingredients, excluding water.

There are two applicable seals:

  • Natural Seal Personal Care: Relates to cosmetics and personal care products.
  • Natural Seal Home Care: Relates home care products such as laundry soap, dish soap, cleaning products, etc.

NSF

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NSF International has been dedicated to protecting and improving global human health since 1944.

NSF is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). They’ve developed over 80 voluntary standards covering areas such as public health, safety, environment, and sustainability assessment.

NSF/ANSI standards are developed through a transparent public process.

Some of the more common NSF/ANSI standards in the U.S. are:

  • NSF/ANSI 140 Sustainability Assessment for Carpet
  • NSF/ANSI 332 Sustainability Assessment for Resilient Floor Coverings
  • NSF/ANSI 336: Sustainability Assessment for Commercial Furnishings Fabric
  • NSF/ANSI 342 Sustainability Assessment for Wallcovering Products
  • NSF Sustainability Certified Product

Ocean Waste Plastic

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Ocean Waste Plastic (OWP) was founded in 2018 by Pack Tech A/S.

Pack Tech A/S has its headquarters in Denmark and has developed, designed, and supplied innovative packaging since 1946.

OWP packaging solutions remove plastic from our rivers and oceans by using land-based post-consumer recyclable waste.

OEKO-TEX

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The OEKO-TEX® portfolio of standards helps consumers and companies to make green and sustainable buying decisions.

If a product carries the OEKO-TEX logo, you can be sure it was manufactured in a way that protects our planet for future generations and is certified as harmless for human health.

The OEKO-TEX portfolio currently numbers six quality standards.

  • OEKO-TEX MADE IN GREEN: A traceable product label for all textile and leather products.
  • OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100: A certification given to textiles that have been thoroughly tested for harmful substances.
  • OEKO-TEX LEATHER STANDARD: An internationally recognized testing and certification system for leather and leather goods at every stage of the production process.
  • OEKO-TEX STeP: Stands for Sustainable Textile & Leather Production and is designed to improve health and safety and promote better working conditions.
  • OEKO-TEX DETOX TO ZERO: Certifies the implementation of the Greenpeace DETOX Campaign within all leather and textile production facilities.
  • OEKO-TEX ECO PASSPORT: An independent certification and reporting system for chemicals and colorants used in leather and textile production.

Oregon Tilth

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Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) was established in 1982 and certificates crop production, wild crop harvesting, livestock production, and handling production (including processing, handling, marketing, restaurants, retail, fiber, and textiles).

Organic Tilth has five fundamental beliefs:

  • Relationships are critical
  • Leadership is transformational
  • Principles are everything
  • Knowledge is strength
  • Challenges are opportunities

Organic Content Standard

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The goal of the Organic Content Standard (OCS) is to increase organic agriculture production via voluntary standards and the third-party certification of certified organic product content.

The Key OCS ideals are:

  • Verifying Organic Content
  • Chain of Custody
  • Credible Certification
  • Confident Communication
  • Stakeholder Engagement

Paper Profile

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Paper Profile enables corporate buyers of pulp, paper, and paperboard to make well-informed and sustainable choices.

Product composition and emissions, wood procurement, and environmental management are vital elements of the Paper Profile philosophy.

Park Smart

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Park Smart was developed by industry experts to measure, recognize, and certify sustainable parking garages.

Passive House Institute

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The Passive House Institute (PHI) is an independent institute whose research has played a key role in the development and implementation of the Passive House concept.

A Passive House is well-insulated and virtually air-tight. It makes efficient use of the sun, and energy losses are minimized.

PEER

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Performance Excellence In Electricity Renewal (PEER) is managed by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).

It measures and improves power system performance and electricity infrastructure across six categories (reliability and resiliency, operation management and safety, energy efficiency and environment, grid services, innovation, exemplary performance, and regional priority).

Processed Chlorine Free

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Processed Chlorine Free (PCF) from the Chlorine Free Products Association (CFPA) aims to highlight and promote products that have been manufactured using 100% chlorine-free processes.

To do this they:

  • Collaborate and publish
  • Initiate and promote
  • Research and develop
  • Enhance market visibility

Programme For The Endorsement Of Forest Certification

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The Programme For The Endorsement Of Forest Certification (PEFC) operates numerous databases to allow access to details about certificate holders, certified products, logo users, accredited certification bodies, and PEFC-endorsed national certification schemes.

Forest certification is essential to ensure that forest-based products reaching markets have come from sustainably managed sources.

PEFC currently certifies 750,000 forest owners, covering 330 million hectares.

Protected Harvest

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Protected Harvest currently manages three certification and verification ecolabels (LODI RULES for grapes used in wine production, SUSTAINABLE CITRUS for growers of citrus fruits, and BLOOMCHECK for cut flowers, greens, and potted plants).

To achieve certified status, a grower must meet strict eco-friendly, sustainable, environmentally sound practices in the following areas:

  • Disease management
  • Ecosystem management
  • Field management decisions
  • Field scouting
  • Information sources
  • Insect management
  • Materials handling and storage management
  • Nutrient management
  • Pest management decisions
  • Soil and water quality
  • Social responsibility
  • Weed management

Quality Certification Services

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Quality Certification Services (QCS) is a nonprofit organization that started certifying organic growers back in 1987.

QCS became USDA accredited in 2001.

R2/RIOS Certified Electronics Recycler

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Administered by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI), R2/RIOS are given to companies that can prove they recycle electronic waste in a responsible and earth-friendly fashion.

Responsible Recycling Practices for Use in Accredited Certification Programs for Electronics Recyclers (R2) began in 2006 as a standard to highlight responsible and accountable recyclers.

The Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS) became an accredited standard in 2009 and supplies tools and training to recyclers to help them move to more sustainable practices.

Rainforest Alliance Certified

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When you see the Rainforest Alliance logo on the packaging, you know that the certified product or ingredient inside was produced using methods that support the three pillars of sustainability (social, economic, and environmental).

Independent, third-party auditors conduct the certification process.

The Rainforest Alliance focuses on forests, climate, human rights, and livelihoods.

Responsible Down Standard

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The Responsible Down Standard (RDS), managed by Textile Exchange, keeps an eye on the feather industry to ensure that down and feathers come from animals that have not been unnecessarily harmed.

The RDS does this by implementing six key points:

  • Protecting Animal Welfare
  • Confident Communication
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Credible Certification
  • No Live-Plucking Or Force-Feeding
  • Chain Of Custody

Responsible Wool Standard

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The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), managed by Textile Exchange, requires all sites to be certified. This starts with the wool farmers, continues with the processing chain of custody (trading, sourcing, yarn, fabric, garment), and finishes with the retailer.

All farms need to be certified to the Animal Welfare and Land Management and Social Modules of the RWS.

All other stages need to be certified to the Content Claim Standard requirements.

Rhode Island Organic Certification

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The Plant Industry Section of the Division of Agriculture and Resource Marketing is in charge of the Rhode Island Organic Certification Program. A program that enables crop producers and handlers in the state to be certified as producing organic produce.

USDA accredits the Division of Agriculture.

RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

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The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a not-for-profit organization that brings together the seven sectors of the palm oil industry (producers, processors, traders, manufacturers, retailers, banks/investors, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The RSPO is on a mission to help to minimize the negative impact of palm oil cultivation and production on the environment and local communities.

Currently, around 20% of global palm oil production is RSPO certified.

Safer Choice

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The Safer Choice program from the U.S. EPA is designed to protect human health and the environment by utilizing the EPA's chemical knowledge and resources.

When you see the Safer Choice logo on a product, you know it’s a safe and effective chemical product while still maintaining high quality and performance levels.

Salmon-Safe

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When you see the Salmon-Safe logo, you can rest assured that the fish inside has been produced using agricultural practices that protect water quality and help restore wild habitats.

Salmon-Safe brands include Ladybug, Full Circle, Draper Valley Farms.

SC Johnson Greenlist

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This is an internal program that SC Johnson applies to their own products.

The SC Johnson Greenlist program was launched in 2001 to continually improve their products by selecting ingredients that do as little harm to human health and the environment as possible.

SCS Global Services

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Since 1984 Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) Global Services have been working hard as a third-party verifier to promote transparency across all green markets.

Their ecolabels signify that a product or service has reached an outstanding level of environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and product quality.

SCS Global Services offer a wide range of certifications. Some of the more common ones are:

  • SCS Certified Biodegradable: A product must degrade to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) standards within ten days.
  • SCS FloorScore: An indoor air quality certification for hard surface flooring materials, adhesives, and underlays.
  • SCS Indoor Advantage: Another indoor air quality certification. This time relating to furniture and building materials.
  • SCS Recycled Content: Measures the percentage of recycled content in a product and provides accurate reporting and verification of manufacturer claims.
  • SCS Sustainable Choice: Based on the established standard NSF/ANSI 140 Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard (2010), this certification is available in three levels (Silver, Gold, Platinum).
  • Veriflora Sustainably Grown: Ensures healthy, safe, and fair working conditions, protection of soil and water resources, energy efficiency, climate impact reduction, ecosystem protection, product quality, and community engagement.

SITES

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SITES is a framework that landscape architects and engineers can use to produce project designs that look good and also do good for the environment.

SITES certified landscape design can be applied to open spaces, streets, plazas, commercial, residential, educational, and institutional areas to help with things like reducing water demand and energy consumption.

SMaRT Consensus Sustainable Product Standards

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Sustainable Materials Rating Technology (SMaRT) is an ecolabel for building products, fabric, apparel, textiles, and flooring.

Sourcemap

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Sourcemap helps organizations such as Ferrero, Hersey’s, Mars, and Timberland gain valuable insights into their supply chain. This helps ensure that social, environmental, and compliance standards are met every step of the way.

STA Certified Compost

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The STA Certified Compost Program, from the US Composting Council, was created in 2000 to help consumers make informed decisions about whether a particular compost product fits their needs.

STARS

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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a voluntary, self-reporting framework that colleges and universities can use to measure their sustainability performance and green credentials.

There are five levels of certification available (Reporter, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum).

State Of Utah Organic Certification Program

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This program serves producers, processors, and consumers of agricultural products, intending to maintain the integrity of food products produced across the state of Utah.

Stemilt Responsible Choice

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Responsible Choice is the sustainability program of Stemilt Growers LLC.

It was launched in 1989 with a focus on organic farming and soil-friendly pest management.

Sustainability In Practice

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The Sustainability in Practice (SIP) certification program was developed in 2008 to reassure eco-conscious consumers that the wines they buy come from vineyards committed to protecting natural and human resources.

There are currently over 42,000 SIP Certified vineyard acres in California and Michigan.

More than 49 million bottles of wine have been SIP Certified since the program started.

Sustainable Agricultural Network

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The Sustainable Agricultural Network (SAN) is a global network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) helping companies and producers with their sustainability agendas through integrity, accountability, empowerment, innovation, self-improvement, and collaboration.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

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The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) offers four different ecolabels to ensure that forestry products come from sustainable sources:

  • SFI Forest Management
  • SFI Fibre Sourcing
  • SFI Chain-Of-Custody
  • SFI Certified Sourcing

Sustainable Furnishings Council

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Gerry Cooklin created the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) in 2006.

It brings together manufacturers, retailers, and designers to increase awareness of environmentally sustainable practices across the entire home furnishings industry.

Sustainable Green Printing Partnership

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The Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership is a non-profit making organization leading the way in the promotion of sustainability in printing and manufacturing for companies such as 3M and tesa.

Sustainable Travel International

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Since 2002, Sustainable Travel International has been working with communities, companies, governments, and organizations to create a more sustainable future for some of the most vulnerable destinations around the world.

They hope to achieve this through their four key priorities:

  • Safeguard Nature
  • Combat Climate Change
  • Empower Communities
  • Tackle Waste & Pollution

TerraCycle

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TerraCycle is actively eliminating waste in 21 countries through national, first-of-their-kind recycling platforms.

They work with leading companies, such a Gillette, to take hard-to-recycle materials and turn them into new products.

Their new Loop initiative aims to change shopping habits by making refillable packaging the new norm.

To date, TerraCycle has recycled almost eight billion items.

The Good Cashmere Standard

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The Good Cashmere Standard (GCS) was set up to improve the welfare of goats used to produce cashmere.

The economic, social and ecological conditions experienced by cashmere farmers and their families is also monitored by the GCS.

Regular checks are performed by independent auditors to ensure that the entire supply chain is in compliance with the criteria.

Timberland Green Index

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The Green Index was how Timberland measured the environmental impact of their products.

Timberland used a scale of 1 to 10 to rate the product—the lower the score, the lower the environmental impact.

The Green Index has now been replaced with a commitment to ‘Responsibility’.

TRA Green

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TRA Green manages everything from green certificates for recreational vehicles (RVs) to draft tests for houses.

There are two certifications available, Certified Green and Eco Verified.

Underwriters Laboratory

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Underwriters Laboratory (UL) is a safety certification company with headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois.

The company is over 125 years old and was set up to empower trust between companies and customers.

UL offers a wide range of certifications. Some of the more common ones are:

  • UL Energy Efficiency Testing: As a full-service Energy Star partner, Underwriters Laboratory (UL) evaluates various energy efficiency products to local, national, and international standards. Once a product passes all the tests, it can carry the Energy Efficiency Certification Mark.
  • UL Environmental Claim Validation: Used to validate and fact check manufacturer’s claims about the eco-credentials of their products.
  • UL Sustainability And Environment Solutions: Helps companies stay competitive in green markets by reducing emissions, recycling, and reporting.

UPS Carbon Neutral

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When you see the UPS Carbon Neutral shipping label, you know that the sender has offset the climate impact of the emissions produced by the package’s transportation.

UPS calculates the emissions and offsets them on behalf of the sender through projects such as Wolf Creek in Georgia, USA, and Chol Charoen in Thailand.

Only accredited carbon offset providers are used.

UPS Eco Responsible Packaging Program

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UPS established the Eco Responsible Packaging Program to recognize customers who help rescue their impact on the planet by using sustainable packaging.

To qualify, companies must meet strict criteria in three areas:

  • Damage Prevention: Items arrive with zero damage.
  • Right-sizing: Packaging it no larger than it needs to be.
  • Materials Content: Sustainable, recyclable, earth-friendly materials must be used.

USDA Certified BioBased

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The USDA has established minimum biobased content standards for numerous product categories.

Biobased products are derived from plants and other renewable materials.

To earn the USDA Certified BioBased label, a product must meet or exceed the minimum biobased content percentage for that specific category.

A product must contain at least 25% biobased content if it falls into a category where minimum content requirements are yet to be established.

USDA Organic

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has strict national standards for organic food labeling for products grown in the U.S. or imported from other countries.

USDA Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products must come from animals free of antibiotics or growth hormones.

USDA Organic crops must be grown without the use of harmful chemicals.

UTZ Certified

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UTZ Certified (part of the Rainforest Alliance) is a certification program specializing in coffee, cocoa, tea, and hazelnuts.

The UTZ Certified logo on the packaging shows consumers that the product inside has been grown, sourced, manufactured, stored, shipped, packaged, and sold sustainably.

All UTZ Certified suppliers have to adhere to a strict code of conduct, resulting in better farming methods, working conditions, and less strain on nature.

Verified Carbon Standard

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Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), administered by Verra, is the world’s most widely used voluntary greenhouse gas emission program.

It enables corporations to offset carbon emissions that they would otherwise struggle to do so on their own.

To use the VCS standards, a corporation must meet the approved criteria in terms of independent auditing, account methodologies, and registry systems.

Vermont Certified Organic

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This is a USDA Organic approved program that deals with the certification of organic produce from Vermont.

Washington State Department Of Agriculture Organic Program

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) Organic Program is accredited as a certification agent by USDA. Its role is to investigate organic operations and certify that they meet USDA organic standards.

WasteWise

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WasteWise, from the EPA, helps businesses and organizations to reduce waste and improve their sustainability practices.

Water Quality Association Gold Seal

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The Water Quality Association (WQA) has been recognized for over 50 years as a major player in drinking water product certification.

The WQA Gold Seal is given to drinking water that meets strict standards when tested in a laboratory and can award certification to any product or chemical that comes into contact with drinking water.

Water Quality Association Sustainability Certification Program

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The WQA Sustainability Certification Program offers assurances to retailers and consumers that a product meets all recognized best practices for environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

It’s currently the only environmental certification program on the planet to earn ANSI accreditation to ISO 17065 and ISO 14024 for Type I Environmental Labeling.

WaterSense

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The WaterSense mark on a product shows that it meets the EPA’s criteria for efficiency and performance and will use at least 20% less water than a regular model of the same product.

WELL Building Standard

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The Well Building Standard, from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), believes that people can be healthier, happier, and more productive in a WELL-built building.

Ten main areas (air, water, light, movement, nourishment, thermal comfort, sound, materials, mind, and community) are taking into consideration when certificating the health of a building.

The Well Building Standard can currently be found being used on over 4,000 projects in over 60 countries.

Where Food Comes From Organic

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Where Food Comes From (WFCF) Organic was originally founded as IMI Global in 1995.

(WFCF) Organic has been certifying to the USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project, Gluten-Free, and various food safety programs for many years.

Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation Certification

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Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Conservation Certification is a voluntary sustainability standard that recognizes wildlife habitat management and provides conservation education.

Conservation Certification is more than just a certification. It’s a continual process offering ongoing benefits to conservation.

ZERO TOXICS

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For over forty years, Debra Lynn Dadd has been helping people improve their health by avoiding products containing harmful chemicals and bringing their everyday exposure to toxic chemicals to zero.

Debra has recently announced that she is stepping away from ZERO TOXIC and is passing the torch to Lisa Powers, the founder of Non-Tox U.

James is a senior editor at The Roundup and has been in journalism for over 10 years. He was born in the UK but raised in Florida, where he currently lives with his wife and two daughters. James is passionate about sustainable living and environmental issues which are reflected by his work as an editor of TheRoundup.org.
James Miller
James is a senior editor at The Roundup and has been in journalism for over 10 years. He was born in the UK but raised in Florida, where he currently lives with his wife and two daughters. James is passionate about sustainable living and environmental issues which are reflected by his work as an editor of TheRoundup.org.

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