Sunday, November 16, 2008

Transparency in Standards:

Not everyone wants to broadcast their green habits with printed slogans (think "This is not a plastic bag" totebags). Personally, I just want some assurance that the things I buy and use are in line with my own values, and if the Whole World Wants to Know what those are, they can read my blog. But that requires that manufacturers and retailers not be shy or disingenuous about their products, so I can make an informed decision. I've already identified some suppliers who make an effort at transparency in labelling and selection standards, and here's one more: Their published standards are not only clear and detailed information about their products, but a nice starting point for thinking about ethical fashion in general.


Amy said...

That site looks neat! I have to admit it's all so overwhelming. During remodeling, the only way I was able to know I could choose a fixture that used less was by having a label on it (EPA WaterSense). But that only discusses use, not manufacture or disposal. I guess with a toilet it lasts as long as it lasts?

Lacking comprehensive "green labeling" makes it really hard to buy green on everyday and special purchase items, even for those who really care. Imagine if the label were everywhere and those who never thought about it were awakened to the impact an individual item or purchase could make?

Given the choice, I choose green. I found biodegradable paint tray liners at the local home store when I was getting painting supplies. I was SO excited and they were only a few cents more! How do we get options like that on every product?

Jo said...

As individuals, I do think that it makes a difference to talk to retailers and write to manufacturers. It's a competitive market, and if they are convinced that consumers care, they will respond. As citizens, we can also demand accountability from government regulators.