Ratings-Labels-Certifiers

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Animal Welfare:
www.certifiedhumane.org
Certified Humane Raised and Handled. Humane Farm Animal Care certifies that animals raised for dairy, lamb, poultry and beef products are treated in a humane manner.
www.awionline.org
Animal Welfare Approved. Animal Welfare Institute is a non-profit.   The Animal Welfare Approved standards prohibit cruel conditions and practices. The animals breathe fresh, clean air, and grow naturally without pain and deformities caused by unnatural breeding for fast growth. Only family farms can earn their seal.
www.leapingbunny.org
Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ Leaping Bunny Program administers a cruelty-free standard and the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo for companies producing cosmetic, personal care, and household products.
www.vegan.org
Certified Vegan. Certifies a product has no animal ingredients or by-products, uses no animal ingredients or by-products in the manufacturing process, and is not tested on animals by any company or independent contractor.
 
Appliances:
www.energystar.gov
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.  Rates Appliances, Heating & Cooling, Home Electronics, Lighting and Office Equipment.
 
Biodegradable:
www.scscertified.com
Certified Biodegradable. Scientific Certification Systems is a third-party provider of certification, auditing and testing services, and standards, founded in 1984, which certifies biodegradable soaps, detergents, and cleaners.
 
Buildings:
www.usgbc.org
U.S. Green Building Council-Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Green Building Rating System. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures.  
www.aerias.org
"Primary Green Product Standards and Certification Programs: A Comparison" explores the following eight certifications: • Energy Star • WaterSense • Cradle to Cradle • GreenGuard • Green Seal • the GreenSpec Directory • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).  Aerias AQS IAQ Resource Center 2009. PDF.  
 
Building Products:
www.fscus.org
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)  is an international accrediting organization that has developed a set of Principles and Criteria for forest management. There are 10 Principles and 57 Criteria that address legal issues, indigenous rights, labor rights, multiple benefits, and environmental impacts surrounding forest management. They certify wood harvested from well-managed forests and wood products made from FSC certified wood.
www.sfiprogram.org
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI®) label is a sign you are buying wood and paper products from well-managed forests, backed by a rigorous, third-party certification audit.
www.energystar.gov
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. They rate Home Insulation, Roof Products and Windows, Doors, & Skylights.
www.greenseal.org
Green Seal is an independent certifier. Hundreds of products and services from major companies have been certified to meet Green Seal standards, and the number of major product categories covered by standards has increased to more than 40.
www.scscertified.com
Scientific Certification Systems. Current certified products include office furniture systems, components, and seating, building materials, carpet and rug, hard surface flooring, paints, finishes, wood products, and cleaning products, among others.
 
Carbon Offsets:see Carbon Offsets page...
 
Coffee:
www.transfairusa.org
Fair Trade Certified. Certification administered by TransFair USA.  Aims to treat and pay farmers and employees fairly, by promoting the payment of a fair price, encouraging sustainable practices, prohibiting child labor, etc...
nationalzoo.si.edu
Bird Friendly. Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center issues the Bird Friendly label on organically certified products only. Organic inspectors must complete a “Shade Certification Check List” which ensures the coffee farm attracts and safely harbors bird populations.
 
Cosmetics:
www.qai-inc.com
Quality Assurance International (QAI) now certifies to a new American National Standard for personal care products made with organic ingredients.
 
Ecolabel Promotion/Associations/Info:
www.ecolabelindex.com
Ecolabel Index is the largest global database of ecolabels, currently tracking 349 ecolabels  in 212 countries, and 37 industry sectors.   
www.gen.gr.jp
Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) is a non-profit association of third-party, environmental performance labelling organizations founded in 1994 to improve, promote, and develop the "ecolabelling" of products and services.  
www.greenerchoices.org
Greener Choices, launched on Earth Day 2005 by Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports, is a Web-based initiative to inform, engage, and empower consumers about environmentally friendly products and practices.  
 
Electricity:
www.green-e.org
Green-e Renewable Electricity Certification Program. Managed by the Center for Resource Solutions, the Green-e program certifies renewable-electricity products. The Green-e logo certifies that at least 50% of the energy is from a renewable source and that nonrenewable sources produce lower emissions than traditional electricity generation.'
 
Electronics:
www.energystar.gov
Energy Star Rating. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star rates Home Electronics, Lighting and Office Equipment. As an example- rating for computers and monitors requires computers to use 20 to 50 percent less energy than their non-rated counterparts and monitors to use 20 to 60 percent less energy.
www.epeat.net
EPEAT. The Electronics Products Environmental Assessment Tool, created by the Environmental Protection Agency and the nonprofit Greener Electronics Council, rates computers and monitors based on 51 criteria over eight categories. Bronze-Silver-Gold.
www.greenpeace.org
GreenPeace. "Guide to Greener Electronics" The guide ranks the 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TV's and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals and recycling. One page.  
www.greenpeace.org
GreenPeace survey of the main brands of desktop PCs and notebooks, mobile phones and PDAs. 37 products from 14 companies were assessed against four sets of environmental criteria.'' Detailed. PDF.  
 
E-Waste:
www.e-stewards.org
e-Stewards Certification- assures that those with seal meet the world’s most responsible environmental and social justice criteria for electronics recyclering. These criteria include no toxic e-waste dumped in landfills or incinerators, no exported to developing countries, no sending to prison labor operations and no release of private data. Basel Action Network.
www.epa.gov
Responsible Recycling” Practices standard- now being field tested by the Environmental Protection Agency and a multi-stakeholder group.   So far- this a voluntary program which is not administered.
 
Fish:
www.msc.org
Marine Stewardship Council's fishery certification program and seafood eco-label recognise and reward sustainable fishing. An Accreditor.
www.seafoodsafe.com
Seafood Safe is a testing program for mercury and PCBs in seafood. The Seafood Safe program informs consumers of how many meals they can consume per month without exposing themselves to dangerous levels of these contaminants.
www.fishwise.org
Fishwise is working with the World Wildlife Fund to develop numerous new sustainable standards. Sustainability colors mean: Green: sustainable (the fish was caught using a sustainable method and the fish populations are healthy), Yellow: some concerns, Red: not sustainable (the fish populations are in trouble and the fishing method is not sustainable).
 
Flowers:
www.veriflora.com
VeriFlora program establishes criteria in the following key areas: Environmental Sustainability, Social & Economic Sustainability, Product Integrity.
 
GMOs:
www.foodalliance.org
Food Alliance Standards. No genetically engineered crops, the use of pest and disease management (v. chemical treatment), and soil and water conservation.
 
Household: Cleaners, Paints, Paper:
www.greenseal.org
Green Seal says that a product or service has been tested according to science-based procedures, that it works as well or better than others in its class, and that it has been evaluated without bias or conflict of interest. See website for specific qualifications.
www.epa.gov
EPA's DfE logo on a product means that the DfE scientific review team has screened each ingredient for potential human health and environmental effects and that—based on currently available information, EPA predictive models, and expert judgment—the product contains only those ingredients that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class.  List of Partners and Recognized Products.
 
International:
www.ecolabelindex.com
Ecolabel Index is the largest global database of ecolabels, currently tracking 349 ecolabels  in 212 countries, and 37 industry sectors.   
www.astm.org
ASTM International, a non-profit, is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world-a source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services. ASTM’s 12,000+ standards, cover metals, petroleum, construction, the environment, and more.
www.ecologo.org
EcoLogo. Launched by the Canadian federal government in 1988. EcoLogo-certifies  more than 7,000  products in 120 categories from hundreds of manufacturers. Helps you identify, trust, buy, and sell environmentally preferable (“green”) goods and services.
ec.europa.eu
European Eco-label – your guide to greener products and services, promoting sustainable consumption and production.
www.gen.gr.jp
Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) is a non-profit association of third-party, environmental performance labelling organizations founded in 1994 to improve, promote, and develop the "ecolabelling" of products and services.  
 
Organic:
www.ams.usda.gov
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has developed a fixed set of standards that must be met by anyone using the "organic" label in the United States.  An Accreditor.
www.ocia.org
Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA International) is a nonprofit, member-owned, organic certification organization and an accredited world leader in the certified organic industry. OCIA provides certification services to thousands of organic farmers, processors and handlers from over 20 countries in North, Central and South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.
www.qai-inc.com
Quality Assurance International (QAI) has been certifying products as organic since 1989 and is accredited as an organic independent, third party certifier by the USDA.  
www.demeter-usa.org
Aurora Certified Organic- Demeter Association, Inc. an accredited organic certifier by the USDA, is an international non-profit corporation assuring that Biodynamic foods in the US and Worldwide are grown and processed with the strictest care and integrity. The Demeter logo is used by farms that meet all Biodynamic guidelines, they also offer whole-farm certification as Aurora Certified Organic or NOP accredited organic.  
 
Sustainable Agriculture:
www.foodalliance.org
Food Alliance is a non-profit coalition that certifies foods produced by farmers, ranchers and food processors who use environmentally and socially responsible practices, with no GMOs.
www.demeter-usa.org
Demeter® USA is the certification agent for agricultural methods, called “Biodynamic”- farms that do not use synthetic pesticides and fertilizers; no GMOs, no animal by-products...
 


   


 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

  

 

     

 

 

 

   

  

 

 

 

 

 

 


  

 

 


 

 

 
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