I just discovered a nifty – and slightly overwhelming – new website that deciphers all those ecolabels (Salmon Safe, Oregon Tilth, USDA Organic, etc.) on the packaging for all the various products you buy.
The site is called (appropriately enough) the Ecolabel Index and its collection is extensive to say the least. From their website:
Ecolabel Index is the largest global database of ecolabels, currently tracking 327 ecolabels in 207 countries, and 40 industry sectors.
Fortunately, the many sundry countries and products in their database can be filtered down to more bite-size chunks. For example, I set the filter to display Food products only in North America. That trimmed the list down to a much more manageable 28 labels instead of the 327 they’re tracking so far.
The site offers a picture of the label, a brief description of what each label means, and a link to the homepage for that particular organization. It also has an option to subscribe to receive updates, just in case you don’t want to miss any of the latest ecolabel-related news…
If you’re an obsessive label reader – or you’d just like to know a bit more about all those little badges you’ve always wondered about on the products you buy – then this site may be a good one to check out. At the very least it will give you a sense of how many different organizations there are globally that are dedicated to protecting you and the environment.