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1. Green Labels (Left Column)

  • General Sustainability Labels - We make these labels searchable. A consolidated base of all widely-known third party sustainability rating systems is not currently widely available or used. e.g. vegan, gmo-free, fair-trade, etc.

2. Eco-Locals Minimum Green Commitments (Right Column)

  • REQUIRED: Over 50% Locally Grown + Harvested + Manufactured. Promotes the use of locally abundant materials instead of using plastics or materials from very far away.
  • REQUIRED: Over 50% Recycled or Upcycled. Promotes the use of recycled items and re-used items diverts tons of waste from landfill. This includes all non-consumable items and packaging.
  • REQUIRED: No harmful chemicals. Banned materials include styrofoam, MSG, and many other whacky chemicals listed below. We even ban palm oil and coconut oil in most instances as we want to promote the use of local oils and sustainable farming.
  • REQUIRED: Compostable or Single-Stream Packaging. Packaging must be entirely compostable or recyclable in one stream. Refillable packaging is exempt.
  • Eco-Local Green Commitment Labels - These are bespoke sustainability labels created by us to capture aspects of sustainability which are often missed throughout the supply chain. Each type of product (e.g. produce, electronics, beauty products, etc.) has a badge that represents three sustainability promises. Learn more below. e.g. waste diversion, local content, rapidly renewable content, etc.

Carbon-neutral products can still poison and pollute. Locally-made products can still destroy the environment. Clearly we need a new way to define sustainability. Here's the Eco-Locals.com Holistic Sustainable Rating System. Each badge below represents three commitments for each section of the supply  chain.

 

Adherence to the additional commitments below is strongly encouraged but is not explicitly required. These will automatically show up on your listing page based on your selections in the 'post a product' page.

Meeting any single commitment will default in a black label.

Meeting any two requirements results in a silver label.

Meeting all requirements results in a gold label.

Chemical Products, Beauty + Hygiene Products

Green Commitment #1: Implement packaging re-use programs and collect or re-fill used containers from consumers in-store.

Green Commitment #2: Do not test any products on animals.

Green Commitment #3: All ingredients are certified as safe for intended uses by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. Provide a Health Product Declaration for the product.

Chemical Products, Cleaners, Paints/Coatings and Dye

Green Commitment #1:  Re-use or recycle 100% of all by-products of manufacturing. Allow no chemicals to enter environmental air or water networks.

Green Commitment #2: Implement packaging re-use programs and collect or re-fill used containers from consumers in-store.

Green Commitment #3: Purchase certified carbon off-sets for 100% of the embodied energy of the product.

Electronics

Green Commitment #1: Collect e-waste from consumers and ensure 100% of materials are recycled or reused within 5,000 km of the collection location.

Green Commitment #2: New products are designed to be upgraded instead of replaced by future technology. Obsolete parts must be collected or repurchased from consumers and 100% of materials must be recycled or reused within 5,000 km of the collection location.

Green Commitment #3: Purchase certified carbon off-sets for 100% of the embodied energy of the product.

Farming (General)

Green Commitment #1: Track waste diversion and divert or re-use >80% of waste from landfill and local water supplies.

Green Commitment #2: Participate in a Stewardship Index Program  to track Habitat/Bio-diversity as well as Energy, Water, Nitrogen, Soil Organic Matter and Phosphorous use.

Green Commitment #3: Provide content which addresses your approach to the intent and practices of the Land Stewardship Centre (resources are available by topic):

Caring for the system as a whole – …building up biological fertility in the soil, incorporating an understanding of the ecological cycles on the landscape (water, energy, nutrients) and how land-use practices can either benefit, be in harmony or negatively impact these cycles and other land-users, flora and fauna.

Conserving resources – Maximizing efficiency and striving to reduce the consumption of renewable and non-renewable resources; long-term optimization versus short-term maximization of production.

Maintaining and enhancing stability in nature – Sustaining and encouraging natural biological diversity and complexity; maintaining natural areas and functions on the land (i.e. wildlife habitat conservation).

Applying cultural values – Caring for the health of the land for future generations and long-term economic stability; the link between civilization (urbanization) and the land-base and ecosystems that are vital to survival; the intrinsic value and right to exist of all life on Earth.

Farming Produce

Green Commitment #1: Use 100% organic and low energy density fertilizers (e.g. worm castings, local compost, manures). Document connections with programs who collect compost from local super markets and restaurants.

Green Commitment #2: Provide publically available soil management reports and maintain soil quality through crop rotations, polyculture, local compost or other low-impact restorative techniques. Apply sustainable farming techniques such as cover crops, high tunnels and other season extension techniques, small ruminants and pastured poultry to increase productivity of land. (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Resources)

Green Commitment #3: Use electronically powered equipment in lieu of combustion where possible. Track equipment run-time hours and replace combustion powered equipment with electric or manual equipment by 5% per year until a net reduction of 50% is achieved.

Farming Animals

Green Commitment #1: Do not raise livestock on land which contributes to deforestation or has been deforested in the last 20 years.

Green Commitment #2: Have programs in place to divert all animal waste produced from local water systems, harvesting as much manure/waste for resale or reuse as is feasibly possible.

Green Commitment #3: Specify low impact and embodied energy animal feeds, track feed-conversion-ratio and apply strategies to optimize efficiencies

Manufacturing

Green Commitment #1: Divert 100% of manufacturing waste from landfill. Re-use a minimum of 50% of all waste generated.

Green Commitment #2: Product is 100% comprised of materials which can be harvested in 5 years or less and are 100% extracted and manufactured within 1,000 km.

Green Commitment #3: Product materials have a net-negative carbon footprint from cradle to gate without the use of renewable energy credits.

SUGGESTED TOOLS:

  • Google MyMaps to Show Resource Locations: where all materials are extracted, refined and manufactured. Include all components of the product including any additives or other products required for developing the product. Do not source locations of include machinery or other permanent physical infrastructure. Users are heavily encouraged to create a map using Google MyMaps or a similar tool.
  • Third Party Rating Systems: Demonstrate any resources used are farmed and procured ethically (e.g. Organic Certified, Forest Stewardship Council, Fair-Trade Alliance, Etc.). Track this information in a Eco-Locals.com Product Table (Click to Download a Copy!)   

Definitions:

  • REUSED: >50% recycled (pre or post-consumer content) , >50% reused, or a combination thereof. Food items are exempt but packaging should be re-usable or compostable.
  • LOCAL: >50% of materials are harvested, extracted, processed, manufactured, reused, or recycled  from within 1,000 km of the final manufacturing location. Products are calculated by cost, item weight, count or value. Meals must calculate based on item count.
  • PROHIBITED MATERIALS: Products and packaging must not contain any of the below, unless they are naturally occurring in trace amounts. Recycled metals and plastics are exempt:
  • Aluminum,
  • Arsenic,
  • Aspartame,
  • BPA,
  • BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene),
  • Brominated Oils,
  • Cadmium,
  • Caramel Coloring,
  • CFCs/HCFCs,
  • Chromium,
  • Coconut Oil,
  • Copper,
  • Chlorinated Paraffins,
  • Coal tar dyes,
  • Fluoride,
  • Glucose or Fructose Syrup,
  • DEA or DEA compounds,
  • Dibutyl Phthalate,
  • Halons,
  • Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives,
  • Hexacalent,
  • HFR,
  • Long PFC,
  • Lead,
  • Mercury,
  • MSG,
  • Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil,
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein,
  • Palm Oil,
  • Parabens,
  • Polyurethane,
  • Oxybenzone and Octyl Methoxycinnamate,
  • PAHs,
  • PBDE,
  • Petroleum By-products used as additives,
  • Polyethylene Glycol Compounds,
  • Phenol,
  • Phthalate,
  • Polystyrene,
  • Potassium Benzoate,
  • Potassium Bromate,
  • PU,
  • PVC or other chlorinated plastics,
  • Retinyl Palmitate,
  • Short PFCs,
  • Siloxanes,
  • Sodium Benzoate,
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES),
  • Sodium Nitrate,
  • Sodium Phosphate,
  • Styrofoam,
  • Sulfur Dioxide,
  • Synthetic fragrances, dyes or colors,
  • Triclosan,
  • Urea Formaldehyde,
  • Any other products identified as mutagens, or reproductive/developmental neurotoxicants in within Canada or the United States.
  • All new components must emit 0 g/L Volatile Organic Compounds

GENERAL DISCLAIMER:

Any statements must be made in accordance with relative ISO environmental label and declaration requirements. More information is available at the bottom of this page. The labels available here may be used on products to demonstrate product environmental performance. The triangle must be black if only Minimum Requirements below are met. The triangles may be colored silver or gold if the relevant EPD requirements are met. You can generate a QR code which leads to your resource map or website here. All data must be based on Environmental Product Declarations, Health Product Declarations, or self-declared based on accurate and publicly available information. Lean about Environmental Product Declarations (Fees) Learn about Health Product Declarations (Fees)
ISO 14025:2006 - Environmental labels and declarations -- Type III environmental declarations -- Principles and procedures
ISO 14021:2016 - Environmental labels and declarations -- Type II Self-declared environmental claims
ISO 14024:2018 - Environmental labels and declarations -- Type I environmental labelling -- Principles and procedures

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