From Wood to Fish, Green Label Wars Are Spreading--but Which Ones Can You Trust?


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There are now apparently over six hundred "green" labels worldwide now, covering everything from lumber to fish, tea to textiles and tourism. The Washington Post writes that you can't always trust them. "because certification is a self-regulated industry, the integrity of these labels varies wildly. The best certification systems have brought increased accountability to markets that used to be largely unregulated. Many others make environmental claims that cannot be proved."

Wood

TreeHugger covered the wood wars between the The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for years; The Washington Post notes that there is big money at stake. For more information on this rumble,
A Picture Is Worth: FSC vs SFI Forests
Rumble in the Lumberyard: FSC vs SFI
Rumble in the Lumberyard: Major Environmental Groups Support FSC

Food

The Post mentions the Marine Certification Council, which has "helped redefine fishing by evaluating the sustainability of wild fisheries across the globe." But they also note that the MCC is certifying fisheries in sensitive areas that some consider questionable, such as the Ross Sea Antarctic Toothfish fishery.

"When you provide certification, it sends a signal to consumers that everything's okay," said Jim Barnes, executive director of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition, which opposes certification for the Ross Sea toothfish.

More in the Washington Post.

Other certifications covered in TreeHugger:
Tea: See Collin's great post on 7 Food Certification Programs You Need to Eat Green
Cocoa: Your Choice of Chocolate Matters (Slideshow)
So Many Standards, I'm Confused

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