7 Eco Labels to Look for on Packaging

There are lots of different logos and statements on packaging that make environmental claims. Here are 7 third party verifiers that you should recognize.

1. How2Recycle

How2Recycle is a standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions to the public. It involves a coalition of forward thinking brands who want their packaging to be recycled and are empowering consumers through smart packaging labels.



2. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests.


Note: HowLett's factories are certified FSC.



3. Compostability Mark of European Bioplastics

Known as the Seedling, this logo enables compostable products to be identified by a unique mark and channeled for recovery of their constituent materials in specially developed processes. The Compostability Mark thus conveys product information to waste-disposal plant operators and product image to consumers.



4. Compostable: Biodegradable Products Institute

The BPI's Compostable Logo identifies products that meet ASTM D6400 (for plastics) or ASTM D6868 (for fiber based applications) and will compost satisfactorily in large scale composting facilities.



5. Sustainable Forestry Initiative

The SFI program has on-product labels to help customers and consumers identify exactly what they are buying: three SFI chain of custody labels and one SFI certified sourcing label.


SFI chain of custody labels allow the use of fiber from certified forests, certified sourcing, and post-consumer recycled material.


6. Terracycle

TerraCycle runs national waste collection programs in 10 countries where non-recyclable post-consumer waste (used candy wrappers, tooth brushes, pens, juice pouches and many other categories of waste) is collected and made into new products and materials. The TerraCycle logo informs a consumer that the product or package is no longer waste, and can be collected and sent (postage paid) to TerraCycle. …



7. Cradle2Cradle

To receive certification, products are assessed for environmental and social performance across five critical sustainability categories: material health, material reuse, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. A product is assigned an achievement level (Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum) for each category. A product’s lowest category achievement also represents its overall certification level. The standard encourages continuous improvement over time by awarding certification on the basis of ascending levels of achievement and requiring certification renewal every two years.