What is an eco-benefit?
These tags inform the consumer which methods were used in creating a better product for planet and people.
Our impacts our divided into three categories.
Human Friendly -Is concerned with the well-being of the people involved in the supply chain. This ranges from workers rights and empowerment, preserving cultures and traditional skills, to ensuring no child labour was used.
Earth Friendly – Refers to all methods used to ensure our biological systems such as oceans and forests remain diverse and productive indefinitely. We also include products that take into account animal wellbeing in this category.
Giving Back – This is when a company makes giving back to others a core part of their mission. Giving back can mean planting trees, sharing profits with their employees, donating to charities or conservation organizations and more.
Terms and Definitions
- Eco-friendly– Goods considered to inflict minimal or no harm to the environment
- Biodegradable– Material that can be rapidly broken down by microorganisms. Examples include cotton, wool, paper and vegetable based oils.
- Renewable– Material that replenishes itself. For example, cork comes from just the bark of the tree and is allowed to grow back after each harvest, making it a renewable material.
- Recycled– Non-biodegradable materials reused in order to keep them out of landfills. Examples include fabric scraps, mason jars, newspapers and more.
- Upcycled– Non-biodegradable materials recreating into something of higher value than before. For example, old tires turned into luxury handbags.
- Reduced footprint– Products that are the result of manufacturing which reduced carbon emissions or water usage drastically. Reduced footprint products are also a product of distribution, by buying locally your product will have a low carbon footprint since it did not need to travel far.
- Zero Waste– Product or material that is produced with minimal to no waste. This requires managing product development and processes to efficiently utilize materials and
- Natural Materials– Produced from a plant, animal, mineral, metal, or other naturally derived materials. Examples include cotton, wool, linen, hemp, bamboo, cork, metals, stone, clay, etc.
- Organic– Made of at least 70% organic materials and may or may not be officially organic certified. Generally, organic products are those that are grown without the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers and are free of antibiotics and hormones.
- Fair Trade– Helps producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainable farming.
- Non-Toxic– Product is one that is free of harmful chemicals and/or ingredients that may commonly be used in that product. For example, non-toxic nail polish may be free of formaldehyde.
- Artisan Made– Is a skilled craft worker who makes or creates things by hand. This is sustainable as it is less intensive on our natural resources and is the opposite of fast fashion.
- Cruelty Free– Products or activities that do not harm or kill animals. Products tested on animals are not considered cruelty-free.
- Conflict Free– Adheres to the ethical sourcing of diamonds and precious stones and metals.
- Vegan– Any garment made without animal products from leather to silk and feathers.
- Cultural Preservation– Supports a culture and its community through the conservation of a unique skill set.
- Profit Sharing– Business model of that product in which a donation is made to a community in need for every consumer purchase.