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Our system helps you find and define sustainability. Please do note that we never intent to suggest any trade or purchase boycotts but only intend to help users identify more sustainable options! Buying products which respect the environment empowers our communities, improves the quality of life for many and builds resilience.

1. Green Certification Labels (Left Column)

OPTIONAL: Identify any third party green certifications your product has earned.

2. Eco-Locals Minimum Commitments (Right Column)

REQUIRED: Over 50% Locally Grown + Harvested within 1,000km of Manufacturing facility. This includes all consumable and non-consumable items and packaging. Materials which are completely recycled, upcycled or rapidly renewable (e.g. hemp, jute, bamboo) are exempt.

REQUIRED: Over 50% Recycled or Upcycled Materials. This includes all non-consumable items and packaging. Materials which are completely harvested within 1,000km are exempt.

REQUIRED: Compostable, Refillable or Single-Stream Packaging.

REQUIRED: No Harmful Chemicals.

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 should emit 0 g/L Volatile Organic Compounds

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3. Eco-locals.com Green Commitments (Right Column):

OPTIONAL: Eco-Locals.com Holistic Sustainable Rating System. Products can make the Green Commitments below for any portion of the supply chain they control.

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Chemical Products, Beauty + Hygiene Products

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

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

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Green Commitment #3: Use no artificial colors or dyes.

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Electronics

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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.

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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.

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

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Farming (General)

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Farming Produce

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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.

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Green Commitment #2: Provide publicly 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)

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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.

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Farming Animals

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

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Green Commitment #2: Have programs in place to appropriately manage and divert all animal waste from local water systems.

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

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Manufacturing

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

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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.

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

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Restaurants

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Green Commitment #1: Implement a 100% compostable waste stream for all container and food packaging items. This includes working with suppliers to provide alternate packaging materials that are not petroleum based. Non-compostable items are permissible if they are declared alongside any declaration of commitment to this Green Commitment and the supplier provides a public letter stating that no acceptable alternative is commercially available.

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Green Commitment #2: Use re-usable plates, cutlery, etc. for dine-in customers.

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Green Commitment #3: Implement policies to reduce food packaging waste by 10% of volume per month until a net reduction of 50% has been made.

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GENERAL DISCLAIMER:

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All data must be based on Environmental Product Declarations, Health Product Declarations, or self-declared based on accurate and publicly available information. Note that Eco-Locals.com permits some exemptions if they are explicitly stated.

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