Official Eco-Friendly Labels
Consumers in the market for truly green furnishings can look for stamps of approval from these certifying bodies. Many of the organizations were formed after the United Nations 1992 Conference on Environment and Development, which called for establishing environmental standards.
American Tree Farm System (ATFS). A nonprofit agency that certifies private, family-owned forests with thriving woodlands, clean water, and a healthy wildlife habitat.
Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Sets global standards for industries and governments aimed at enhancing health and environmental preservation.
Ecolabel. An eco-marketing system created by the European Union that promotes the production and consumption of goods with an environmentally friendly life cycle.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Provides internationally recognized standard-setting and accreditation for businesses and communities to address issues such as illegal logging and deforestation.
GreenGuard Environmental Institute (GEI). A nonprofit that certifies building materials, interior furnishings, and other products that use safe, low-emission materials.
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). An accreditation organization formed by the Environmental Protection Agency and other groups to evaluate and disclose the “cradle to grave” environmental effects of goods and services.
Oeko-Tex. An organization—made up of testing institutes from 14 countries—that analyzes and certifies eco-friendly textiles and limits the use of toxic chemicals.
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). One of the world’s largest independent certification agents for ensuring that forest products are produced with high ecological, social, and ethical standards.
US Department of Agriculture Certified Organic. This program launched by the 1990 Organic Foods Production Act approves products that meet standards for organically produced goods.