Reading Labels

I was watching The Today Show this morning and there was this segment on deciphering eco-friendly labels. If you are searching for earth-friendly forest products like lumber and paper, look for the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) logo. The FSC is a non profit organization that certifies timber companies that meet standards for sustainable forestry. Home Depot, Lowe’s and Kinko’s carries these products. The Fair Trade Certified logo can be seen on products like coffee, tea, cocoa, flowers, fresh fruit, sugar, rice, vanilla. It means that the producers are paid fair wages, work in a safe working environment and use sustainable production techniques. The products are usually green and organic to protect not just the land but the farm workers’ health. Farm workers, male or female, receive equal pay for equal work. Abusive child labor practices are not allowed.

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