10 Eco-Friendly Labels you Should Look for When Shopping

Dan Wood

Dan Wood

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The Fashion industry is at a turning point. More and more brands are starting their eco freindly journey, working together to stop climate change. But to know what brands are on the right path you’ve got to know what to look for right? One Tribe has put together the eco freindly shopper’s checklist, getting you ready for your most sustainable wardrobe ever.

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10 eco freindly labels you should look for when shopping 

Okay, so you’ve read up on fast fashion and unsustainable trade. You’re suitably vexed and ready to switch up your spending habits so profits go to eco friendly companies. Excellent! But where do you start? And how do you know if you’re shopping in an eco freindly way? 

Thankfully there are guidelines along the way. We all read labels on supermarket produce to make sure there’s no palm oil in our favorite super noodles, and our eggs are cage-free, but environmental standards are just as important to look out for to promote ethical trade. 

Responsible purchasing is no small drop in the ocean. Collaboratively we can take part in climate action just by swiping a credit card on ethical alternatives. Even London fashion week is being dominated by sustainable brands! The world is moving towards protecting our natural environment.

We’ve compiled your go-to label checklist to help you along the way to green shopping. Just call us your ethical fairy godmother…

FSC Forests for all forever
1) FSC

The FSC is the Forest Stewardship Council, one of the most important labels to look out for regarding forests and forest wildlife. Considering that forests are one of the fastest depleting natural resources, it’s vital we protect them.

The FSC is dedicated to protecting the world’s forests, they have particular importance in Brazil, and work to stop the threats towards the rainforest.

CCA carbon care solutions
2) Carbon care

Carbon care Asia or the CCA is basically an energy consultant. They work to provide a carbon strategy to reduce greenhouse gases, ensure climate competence, and provide green finance and environmental reporting.

It’s a massive one for food and drinks brands working towards carbon neutrality so look out for it when shopping with your favorite brands. If it’s not there, make the switch to an ethical alternative!

3) SCS

The driving force behind consumers making informed decisions, the SCS has been around since 1984, safeguarding the climate and recognizing the achievements of societal and ethical companies.

It’s the one to watch if you’re making sure you’re buying green. Environmentally preferable product? We know where our money’s going! 

4) Fairtrade

This is the big dog of eco-friendly labels. One of the most easily recognizable by Over 93% of consumers, Fairtrade makes sure you know your product is ethical.

They play a huge role in communicating with businesses and consumers alike about fair labour laws, improving the lives of people who make our products.

They are especially good at giving power back to the worker working with their grassroots team to lobby the Government to ensure labour laws are being upheld.

marine stewardship ceerttifying sustainable foods
5) Marine Stewardship 

Overfishing is a grave threat to the oceans, with more than a third of fish stocks being fished unsustainably. The Marine Stewardship ensures that your products are coming from somewhere that fishes ethically, and has been assessed on its impact on wild fish levels.

Overfishing doesn’t just mean the fish simply aren’t there anymore, it also has a huge knock-on effect across hundreds of ecosystems essential to life underwater. Looking out for this label means you have a part in preserving fish in the ocean and helping overfished areas to recover.

BCI - Better Cotton Iniative
6) Better Cotton Initiative 

The BCI is the largest cotton sustainability program in the world, through the initiatives it produced 5.6 million tonnes of sustainable cotton last year, which is about 22% of global cotton production.

The globe takes a beating from cotton production alone, using 20,000 litres of water to produce just one pair of jeans and a t-shirt, the crop isn’t just hard on soil erosion, but a massive problem in the struggle for fresh drinking water.

Clocking this label on products means that you’re contributing to sustainable cotton, and upholding proper labour laws which prevent workers from being exploited.

veriflora sustainably grown
7) Veriflora

Who doesn’t love a fresh bouquet of flowers? It’s a luxury that most of us don’t think about ethically. Veriflora is recognized as the gold standard in the floriculture and agriculture industries, ensuring resource conservation and maintaining natural ecosystems.

Labour laws are a big deal for this label too, making sure whoever picks your bunch of roses gets treated fairly.

Leaping Bunny approved
8) The Leaping bunny

A quick read of any cosmetic product should tell you if the product is cruelty-free just by seeing this little bunny on the back. Since 1996 the leaping bunny has been connecting consumers to brands they love, offering them peace of mind by buying with brands that don’t use any harmful or cruel testing practices on animals.

It’s hard to imagine animal testing still happening in 2021 purely due to being barbaric, but it does. 100 million animals are killed in the US every year alone.  It’s essential that this little bunny is the first thing you look for to make sure you’re shopping compassionately.

9) EU Eco-Label 

The EU ecolabel is focused on durability. They provide criteria for businesses to lower their environmental impact, making any product certified by them guaranteed to be much more ethical than a product without the EU stamp.

Encouraging practices for less waste, and fewer carbon emissions, they address major problems that face the consumer market. You’ll find this mark on a vast range of everyday things from cleaning products to furniture!

10) Demeter

Demeter deals with brands from biodynamic agriculture, it’s been around since 1928 but has a reach now to over 50 countries. They focus on people and the planet.  Every product that carries its label is eco-friendly, sustainable, and is a product of fair trade.

You’ll find it mainly on food products. A guilt-free pantry just tastes better, don’t you think?

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Doing a little research on where your money goes helps the globe to be one community fighting to end climate change for good. The power is quite literally with the consumer, so keep an eye out for these labels on your next purchase! 

Labels are important, proof that a brand has achieved a standard. This is why One Tribe certified to secure another label, B Corp. It means that the 4000 + brands with the label have upheld the highest standards of environmental performance. 

Find out how we got our latest label. . .