11 Eco-Labels you can trust

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With 'Eco-friendly' becoming the latest trend, it is hard to know if what you're buying is truly a trustworthy eco product. Below you will find eleven seals that are actually doing something to save the planet and your health, not just capitalizing on the 'eco' title.

To learn more about each, please visit their websites, which are linked at the end of the article.

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Trusted Eco Labels
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Energy Star
Established by the Environmental Protection agency, products like appliances, light bulbs and electronics perform significantly better then their counterparts (up to 75% better) when donning the energy star label. The EPA is a trusted and legitimate Earth friendly agency that works hard to protect our environment.

Green Seal
Products like cleaners, paints, and paper are found with this seal. The Green Seal certifies (through a quite rigorous process) that the company that produces that particular product have manufactured, produced and ultimately disposed of it in an way that is safe to the environment with little impact as possible to the earth.

Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo signifies that products like furniture and flooring have been harvested in an way that is not harmful to mother earth, by using certified sustainable standards that the FSC sets.

Food Alliance Certified
This organization certifies farms with sustainable farming practices, no use of genetically engineered crops and provides a fair and safe working environment to their employees. By buying foods with this certification you can feel good about eating and supporting that companies products.

Bird Friendly Label
The Bird Friendly Label is a label that is found on coffee signifying that it has been grown under a canopy of shade trees, which means preserving habitats for migrating birds. This was created by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center to help protect and save migrating birds. This coffee is also organically grown.

Marine Stewardship Council
If you like to eat fish, then you should eat fish that are fished for in sustainable ways. MSC ensures fish and shellfish are harvested within sustainable yields, which helps to maintain marine biodiversity, productivity and ecological processes.

Rainforest Alliance
Anything that has the Certified Rainforest Alliance symbol means that it comes from a farm that protects its soil, water, wildlife habitats, and its employees by providing them with a good wage and a healthy environment to work in. The products you will find with this label are goods like tea, flowers, coffee, cocoa, bananas, and citrus fruits.

Demeter Certified
This label, in my opinion signifies that a product is Organic plus. The Demeter symbol portrays that this product has been Biodynamically farmed, which means that their growers use homeopathic farming methods, like crop rotation, composting and home made homeopathic herbicides and pesticides to cultivate their crops. Most Biodynamic farms have been farming this way for centuries and have maintained the health of their soil as a way of life and a top priority. The homeopathic sprays are made from herbs such as yarrow root and chamomile, and unlike Organic methods, they do not ever compromise their crops with any non-organic methods (the USDA allows a long list of chemicals and pesticides to be sprayed on crops and still be labeled USDA Organic). If you are buying a Demeter certified product, such as wines and foods, then you are sure to be getting a top quality good. (I used to work for Cooper Mountain Vineyards, a winery that prides itself on its biodynamic farming, they have spectacular wines, check them out!)

Fair Trade Certified
This is a very important certification as it signifies that these products, like coffee, chocolate, tea, sugar and fruit have been grown by farmers that use eco-friendly practices, treat their workers fairly and provide a humane environment to work in. It also means that the farmers and their employees receive a fair price for their goods. Usually this symbol will also be joined by a Certified Organic symbol as well.

Salmon Safe
Since we all know how important it is to keep our Salmon safe, this label means that whatever product you are buying supports the protection of Salmon habitats and works to improve the water quality in the Pacific Northwest. The Salmon Safe logo is found on many products such as cheese, fruit, eggs, beef, lamb, produce, and even wine and beer. And most recently, corporate and university campus's can now become certified, which means that that company or university's land management protects the urban watersheds, such as streams and wetland on their campus. Nike World Headquarters was one of the first to be certified in 2007.

Certified Humane Raised & Handled
Certifying meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy, this symbol indicates that the animals were treated humanely and pastured without the use of antibiotics or hormones from birth to slaughter. This is an imperative label to look for when buying meat and dairy.

For more information or to search the Eco-label database to see if the labels on your products are good, go to www.eco-labels.org.

Eco-Trusted Websites
Energy Star
Green Seal
Forest Stewardship Council
Food Alliance Certified
Bird Friendly Label
Marine Stewardship Council
Rainforest Alliance
Demeter Certified
Fair Trade Certified
Salmon Safe
Certified Humane Raised & Handled
Eco-Labels.org from Consumer Reports

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