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Certifications, Eco-Labels, & Screening Agencies

EcoPlum uses third party certification, eco-labels and other screening agencies to select products and vendors for the EcoShop.  The section below includes the name, website link and description of the governmental and private EcoLabels currently used by EcoPlum.

 

Want to know more about how we select our EcoLabels and related products?


A complete list of our product vendors, the screening criteria they met, and their country of manufacture can be found here.

 

 

 

A) Green America

http://www.greenamericatoday.org

Green America's National Green Pages™ is a directory listing nearly 3,000 businesses that have made firm commitments to sustainable, socially just principles, including the support of sweatshop-free labor, organic farms, fair trade, and cruelty-free products.

Most of EcoPlum's Jewelry, Clothing, and Cosmetics are manufactured by Green America approved companies.


Data from this Industry Source was last updated on Jul 25, 2011

B) Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

http://www.safecosmetics.org/article.php?list=type&type=32

Because of major loopholes in federal law, companies are allowed to use nearly any ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products – even chemicals that are known to harm human health and the environment.

Fortunately, many responsible cosmetics companies agree that safe is beautiful and are setting a high bar in the marketplace by agreeing not to use toxic chemicals in their products. More than 1,500 of them have signed our Compact for Safe Cosmetics and we're proud to have helped move the market toward safer, healthier products. That movement is reflected in the growing number of retailers and beauty industry professionals who support the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and educate their customers about safety.

Because industry laggards continue to ignore growing concerns about hazardous chemicals in their products, we're urging our elected leaders to
pass laws that set a minimum standard of safety and transparency for all cosmetics at all price points.

ALL of the personal care products on EcoPlum are from manufacturers that have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. 


Data from this Industry Source was last updated on Jul 25, 2011

C) Certified B Corporation

http://www.bcorporation.net/

Certified B Corporations are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.  B Corps are unlike traditional businesses because they:

  • Meet comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards;
  • Meet higher legal accountability standards;
  • Build business constituency for good business

 


Data from this Industry Source was last updated on Jul 25, 2011

D) Recycled and Upcycled Materials

http://www.ecoplum.com/greenliving/view/244?green=A%20Treasure%20Trove%3A%20Upcycling%20and%20Recycling%20Trash

These are products that are made primarily our of recycled or upcycled materials, or scraps from other products.

At EcoPlum we sell handbags, clothing, eyeglasses, and children's toys - all made primarily from recycled, reclaimed and upcycled materials


E) Environmental Working Group

http://www.cosmeticdatabase.com/

Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database. 

The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles.

In 2002, we founded the EWG Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization that advocates on Capitol Hill for health-protective and subsidy-shifting policies.

EWG specializes in providing useful resources (like Skin Deep and the Shoppers' Guide to Pesticides in Produce) to consumers while simultaneously pushing for national policy change.


Data from this Industry Source was last updated on Sep 6, 2008

F) Green Restaurant Association

http://www.dinegreen.com/

The Green Restaurant Association℠ (GRA), a national non-profit organization, provides services in research, consulting, education, marketing and community organizing. The GRA utilizes a collaborative strategy that involves restaurants, manufacturers, vendors, grassroots organizations, government, media, and restaurant customers. The GRA's model provides a convenient way for all sectors of the restaurant industry, which represents 10% of the U.S. economy, to become more environmentally sustainable.

EcoPlum uses the Green Restaurant Association eco label for its restaurant listings.


Data from this Industry Source was last updated on Sep 25, 2010

G) Green Seal

http://www.greenseal.org/

Founded in 1989, Green Seal provides science-based environmental certification standards that are credible, transparent, and essential in an increasingly educated and competitive marketplace. Our industry knowledge and standards help manufacturers, purchasers, and end users alike make responsible choices that positively impact business behavior and improve quality of life.

A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, Green Seal issued its first environmental standards in 1991-2, and the first product certifications were completed in 1992. Hundreds of products and services from major companies such as 3M, Benjamin Moore, and Andersen Windows have now been certified to meet Green Seal standards, and the number of major product categories covered by standards has increased to more than 40.

EcoPlum uses Green Seal certification for its travel listings.


Data from this Industry Source was last updated on Sep 25, 2010

H) LEED

http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=222

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. 

EcoPlum uses LEED certification for its eco residence listings.

 


Data from this Industry Source was last updated on Jun 26, 2008

I) Cradle to Cradle

http://www.c2ccertified.com/

Cradle to Cradle Certification provides a company with a means to tangibly, credibly measure achievement in environmentally-intelligent design and helps customers purchase and specify products that are pursuing a broader definition of quality.

This means using environmentally safe and healthy materials; design for material reutilization, such as recycling or composting; the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency; efficient use of water, and maximum water quality associated with production; and instituting strategies for social responsibility.

If a candidate product achieves the necessary criteria, it is certified as a Silver, Gold or Platinum product or as a Technical/Biological Nutrient (available for homogeneous materials or less complex products), and can be branded as Cradle to Cradle.

 


Data from this Industry Source was last updated on Oct 1, 2008

J) Design for the Environment (DfE) Formulator Program

http://www.epa.gov/dfe/pubs/projects/formulat/formpart.htm

The Design for the Environment Formulator Program.  The Design for the Environment (DfE) Program works in partnership with a broad range of stakeholders to reduce risk to people and the environment by preventing pollution. DfE focuses on industries that combine the potential for chemical risk reduction and improvements in energy efficiency with a strong motivation to make lasting, positive changes. DfE convenes partners, including industry representatives and environmental groups, to develop goals and guide the work of the partnership.


Data from this Industry Source was last updated on Sep 4, 2008

K) Green Vehicle Guide

http://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/Index.do

EPA's Green Vehicle Guide gives information about the environmental performance of vehicles and provides the user with dynamic search and sort capabilities. Side-by-side comparisons can be performed for up to three vehicles and searches can be customized based on user choices by using the Advanced Search function. Photos of models are displayed (if available) for basic searches and side-by-side comparisons.

To compare environmental performance across vehicle classes, use the 0-10 scores and the fuel economy numbers. These can be used to compare any vehicle to any other vehicle, no matter what types of vehicles you are comparing. Larger numbers, whether scores or fuel economy, are more environmentally friendly than smaller numbers.

And for the easiest comparison of all, use the SmartWay and SmartWay Elite designations. These indicate the vehicles with the best environmental performance compared to all other vehicles, where EPA certifies that these vehicles have exceeded environmental thresholds on the Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Scores.


Data from this Industry Source was last updated on May 22, 2008

L) USDA BioPreferred

http://www.biopreferred.gov

United States Department of Agriculture BioPreferred progam. 

The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act (FSRIA) of 2002 included two provisions that helped launch BioPreferred. The provisions included: 1) a mandate to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop and implement a comprehensive program for designating biobased products and 2) a directive to all federal agencies to increase their purchase and use of "preferred" products.

As defined by FSRIA, "biobased products" are products determined by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to be commercial or industrial goods (other than food or feed) composed in whole or in significant part of biological products, forestry materials, or renewable domestic agricultural materials, including plant, animal, or marine materials. Made from renewable plant and animal sources, biobased products are generally safer for the environment than their petroleum-based counterparts. They are usually biodegradable or recyclable.


Data from this Industry Source was last updated on Sep 5, 2008

M) Energy Star

http://www.energystar.gov/

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2007 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 27 million cars — all while saving $16 billion on their utility bills.

 


Data from this Industry Source was last updated on Mar 18, 2010

N) EPEAT

http://www.epeat.net

EPEAT is a tool to help governmental and institutional purchasers select environmentally preferable laptop and desktop computers and monitors. At the same time it helps manufacturers promote environmentally preferable products.

The development of EPEAT was prompted by a growing demand by institutional purchasers for an easy-to-use evaluation tool that allows the selection of electronic products based on environmental performance. The electronics industry welcomes EPEAT as a tool to provide a consistent and harmonized set of environmental criteria for all purchasers and an opportunity to gain market recognition through providing environmental leadership.

 


Data from this Industry Source was last updated on Oct 8, 2008

O) California Recycled-Content Product Directory

http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/RCP/default.asp

This directory has been set up to assist individuals, small business owners, state agencies, and corporate buyers in the commitment to buy recycled. The RCP Directory lists thousands of products containing recycled materials as well as information about the manufacturers, distributors and re-processors of these products.

Although important, recycling is more than just dropping off cans, bottles and newspapers at the nearest recycling center. Diverting recyclables from the waste stream is the first of three steps in the recycling process. The second step occurs when companies use these recyclables to manufacture new products. Finally, the third step occurs when you, the consumer, purchase the products made from the recovered materials.

In addition, buying recycled products results in many environmental benefits. It supports local recycling programs by creating markets for the collected materials that are processed and used to manufacture new products. In turn, this creates new jobs and helps strengthen the economy; conserves natural resources; saves energy; and reduces solid waste, air, and water pollutants, and greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.


P) Global Organic Textile Standard

http://www.global-standard.org/

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognised as the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres worldwide. It defines high level environmental criteria along the entire supply chain of organic textiles and requires compliance with social criteria as well.



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