To follow up on a previous blog post about “greenwashing,” we did a little research on green “stamps” that are trustworthy. This means that products are third-party certified according to a standardized set of qualifications, i.e. ISO standards.
As a business advertising use of green products, you can certify one step further that your products are accredited if you purchase brands through the following sites:
Green Seal – Green Seal complies with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) labels, considering the lifecycle of a product in terms of waste, lifespan, material, energy, etc. Search for a product or service here.
Certified Carpet and Rug – American National Standards Institute-approved carpet manufacturer for low VOC emission carpet (since we spend 90% of our time indoors, according to this site!).
BuyGreen.com – All products sold on this site meet these qualifications, where BuyGreen operates as the third party monitoring green products online today.
In general, it’s a good idea to background check your green suppliers. Typically suppliers make it easy to understand their standards on the company website, especially if they’re proud of their formal review process for products.