First, the formal legal distinctions between certification marks and conventional trademarks are often meaningless for consumers; they view ecolabels
of either variety as operating the same way in shared commercial spaces.
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.
While technical specifications for the products covered by the contract may be worded in terms of functional performance or conditions, such as environmental characteristics, it is incompatible with EU law to require that certain products to be provided bear an ecolabel
. 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.
American industry has shed away from ecolabels
because the criteria can become obsolete quickly, and may not reward innovation.
do illustrate a new sensitivity in the food industry to the increasing popularity of anything natural.
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.
DG TAXUD is therefore about to launch a study on the theme of ecolabels
, the results of which are not expected before the autumn.
THE INTERNATIONAL Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) is trying to harmonise rules behind ecolabels
, so businesses can be confident ecolabelled supplies were produced in an environment-friendly way.