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5 Good Product Labels You Should Look For

5 Good Product Labels You Should Look For

Conscious consumerism is a form of consumer-based activism that extends far beyond drinks and food, and includes cosmetics, electronics, and school supplies (for example). The conscious consumer can choose what to buy based on positive aspects – because it is good – or negative – boycotting companies and refusing their products because they are bad. Whether a product is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is based on several factors, and for non-food consumer goods this can include how ethical the company is; how energy efficient the product is, or how easy it is to dispose of the packaging, as well as the item itself (post-consumption).

Conscious consumerism also considers the effects that marketing and media have, encouraging decisions to be based on a desire for ethical, green and sustainable consumption. This has led to the world market increasing regulation of production, as well as offering labels which help the consumer establish if the item is good or bad, and therefore if it meets their expectations.

1. CRUELTY-FREE

Each year hundreds and thousands of experiments are conducted on non-human animals for each product we can think of, including cosmetics and skincare, automotive, electronic, and household goods; and even ink. In fact, both Vegan Action and The Vegan Society believe that for certain products to be offered vegan certification, the whole company must adhere to cruelty-free practices.

For a company to fit this criteria the products must have been manufactured without using animal products or having been tested on animals. The Leaping Bunny is a global certification offered to companies who meet strict standards, one of which is that companies must not enter the Chinese market where animal testing for imported cosmetic products is required. In the UK, certification is managed by Cruelty Free International, in Europe by the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments, and in the USA and Canada it is managed by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics.


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marie-josée
3 Years Ago

Your article about FSC is good but I think that the numbers aren't accurate. FSC is meant to promote sustainable management of the forests trough timbers, wood product and such. Forest management is a way to reduce climate change and to promote it's wood products as green from the consumer. Deforestation and forest degradation, through agricultural expansion, conversion to pastureland, infrastructure development, destructive logging, fires etc., account for nearly 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than the entire global transportation sector and second only to the energy sector. On another hand, the portrait of the forest you have offered in you article is not accurate, and I'm afraid it is commonly mistaken. I must assume that when you talk about the 95 % of the destroyed forests you didn't precise if it was managed forest, afforestation, deforestation. Most of the time people seem to think that harvested forests in1950s fit the "destroyed forest profile" even thought it is now fully regrown. I think that 95 % of destroyed forests in USA is off the chart. The FAO rather states that the forest area of the United States of America fell from 450 million to less than 300 million hectares, with about half of total deforestation occurring between 1850 and 1900. By 1920, however, deforestation had largely stopped; today forests cover about 300 million hectares. As for the rest of the world, in 10000 years, forests went from nearly 6 billion hectares, about 45 percent of the earth’s land area to currently covering about 4 billion hectares, about 31 percent of the earth’s land surface. Cycles of changing climate and temperature have continued to influence the world’s forests, it is a fact that while human activity also had an increasing impact on the change the forests went on. A real struggle now is what is happening in Africa, and South America's where forests are slashed and burned for agriculture. When the forest is removed, the soil are left without mineral regeneration (from leaves, roots, micro-life etc) and go poor really fast. Vegetation doesn't regrow as well and with little knowledge and no income people get deeper in the forests. 500 millions people world wide practice this kind of agriculture. Look up the video on the Guardian bellow if you want to know more about this issue and how it can be solved out with sustainable management. http://www.fao.org/docrep/016/i3010e/i3010e00.htm http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/video/2012/nov/05/up-in-smoke-slash-burn-farming-video


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