Too many green labels equal confusion for consumers

There are hundreds of "green" labels out there, providing plenty of confusion for consumers

There are hundreds of “green” labels out there, providing plenty of confusion for consumers

While participating in the recent Sustainable Foods Summit in San Francisco, I browsed the trade show outside the event. One of the first booths I encountered was for Control Union Certification, which is an independent inspection and certification body. In my conversation with their representative, I came across a startling fact.

There are literally hundreds of certification programs out there. It’s a veritable morass of information that is impossible for consumers – and even somewhat educated journalists – to keep up with, much less to understand!

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A leader in sustainability – Staples recycles 350 million cartridges

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It’s one thing to say you’re at the top of the sustainability chain. Staples Inc. “walks the walk”. The world’s largest office supply company and second largest internet retailer announced yesterday that since 2005 it has recycled 350 million ink and toner cartridges. That’s an average of over 60 million cartridges per year in the past three years.

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