’Tis the Season: Shop Responsibly—Part 3

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We also find third-party certifications extremely helpful (we love when these organizations do some of our homework for us!). While you’re out shopping, look for the following logos: 

certifications 

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1. EcoLogo: This organization considers multiple environmental issues throughout a product’s lifecycle. Its website includes more than 120 environmental standards and almost 7,000 certified products. 

2. Energy Star: Products with this logo meet energy-efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy. 

3. Green-e: This organization certifies sources of renewable electricity and renewable energy credits from clean energy sources such as wind, solar or small-scale hydro-electric. It also certifies that products were manufactured in facilities using renewable energy. 

4. Forest Stewardship Council: The best source for verifying that wood came from responsibly managed forests. 

5. Greenguard: Verifies that products have low-VOC emissions. 

6. Green Seal: Products maintain environmental standards. 

7. Cradle to Cradle: Products with this logo meet high standards for “environmentally intelligent” design, and the program examines the entire lifecycle of product. 

8. Fair Trade: Guarantees consumers that strict economic, social and environmental criteria were met in the production and trade of an agricultural product.