Do you know what an ecolabel is?
Ecolabel is an environmental performance certification and labelling method that is applied worldwide as a way to characterize products or services that are proven to be better than others in a specific category, according to specific standards. If a product or service has an ecolabel, it means that it is certified according to a scientific standard. Requirements and products may vary, but all standards address multiple environmental and health issues that may include toxicity, air quality, energy and water use, recyclability, natural resource use, and other areas of concern. Ecolabels are a valuable policy tool which helps to achieve sustainable consumption. However, questions remain about the extent to which eco-labels can contribute to sustainable development efforts and how to maximize their effectiveness.