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Verifying "Green" Claims!

Apr 02, 2010

According to “The Green Watchdogs” article in the April issue of Smart Money magazine there are over 300 environmental watchdogs worldwide and new organizations are popping up offering certification programs that verify product claims. I found that the Consumer Reports greenerchoices.orgwebsite provides a tool you can search products, labels, claims, and certifiers to find out who or what you can trust.  There is even a glossary of terms to help readers understand eco-labels. 

 

On business.gov check out the “Product Stewardship” under the “Industries Partner” list on their “Environmental Management” tab for information on how product stewardship relates to both business and government as well as how manufacturers, retailers, governments, and communities are finding solutions to product waste management. 

 

There is also a step-by-step “Environmental Planning” guide on the business.gov site.  The guide walks you through the process of creating an environmental management plan for your business including writing policy and communicating responsibilities to employees.  There are also environmental management best practices worksheets for retail business and over 30 other businesses or industries. 

 

And finally, the energystar.gov website offers additional resources for retailers.  It provides information on how products earn the ENERGY STAR label, free online training to help you improve the energy performance of your organization, information regarding what products a retailer may want to use to furnish their business, or help a business consider what specific products to sell.

 

What changes have you made or what are you doing in your business to become eco-friendly?



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Jill Kline


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