Understanding Labels Part 1: Are They Green or Greenwash? Yes.
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Last week BuildingGreen published Green Building Product Certifications , A wonderful and useful guide with everything one needs to understand what labels actually mean and how to use them. I wish it had come out a month earlier; I had been asked to do a lecture on Labels and green product certifications last Friday at the Interior Design Show in Toronto , and this would have saved me a huge amount of work. Labels and certification systems are complex and easily misunderstood. For my lecture I was asked, in particular, to discuss Cradle to Cradle certification, but to understand it, and its possible problems, one has to understand what certificates really mean. What follows is a series: Part 1, defining labels, standards and certificates; Part 2, looking at label wars; Part 3, a close look at Cradle to Cradle; Part 4, a review of BuildingGreen's Green Building Product Certifications ... Read the full story on TreeHugger