But it's fair to say the environment for ecolabels
in New Zealand is a relatively relaxed one compared with our sister organisations in many jurisdictions overseas.
are a voluntary measure used by manufacturers and retailers to identify products with a reduced ecological footprint.
They address key characteristics of environmental standards and ecolabels
, including the credibility of the development process and the effectiveness of the criteria for environmental performance.
The European Ecolabel
is a voluntary scheme established in 1992 to encourage businesses to market eco-friendly products and services.
The province of North Holland should have included in its specifications for the contract the detailed specifications defined by that ecolabel
and not merely a reference to the label.
We have seen a proliferation of ecolabels
on various products, including food and wood products, some of which have little credibility, confused consumers, caused unfair competition in the marketplace, and did not promote sustainable practices," said Ichiro Nomura, FAO assistant director general for fisheries.
Many forest certification proponents claim that ecolabels
are associated with increased sales, price premiums, or both.
American industry has shed away from ecolabels
because the criteria can become obsolete quickly, and may not reward innovation.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation has voiced its support for certification programmes using ecolabels
Now, an increasing number of perishables suppliers are using ecolabels
as a means to market their product to an increasingly health- and environmentally-conscious consumer.
They have clearly expressed their interest in having a Colombian label certifying that their products meet environmental standards and are open towards applying for the use of international ecolabels
in the future.
Three of the world's best-known and most comprehensive ecolabels
, the EU Flower, New Zealand's Environmental Choice and Germany's Blue Angel, were chosen along with the Nordic Ecolabel
as "Class 1" candidates.