The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a green products web portal that can help manufacturers find information on standards and criteria for designing greener products.
On the new tool’s home page, which was launched to coincide with pollution prevention week (September 19-25, 2011), businesses can choose what category of product they are seeking help with and click through to EPA advice on what programs are applicable for that product. Companies can then find out at performance specifications the product must meet to join the program.
Consumers can also use the site to find electronics and appliances that have earned EPA’s Energy Star label, WaterSense products that help save energy and water, and cleaning products bearing the EPA Design for the Environment label.
The new green products web portal is available at www.epa.gov/greenerproducts
In related news, a report by Mambo Sprouts Marketing and Ryan Partnership Chicago found that health and eco-consumers want one universal green score to help them choose sustainable products. In the study, One Green Score for One Earth, the authors said shoppers would increase their spending on sustainable products if only they could determine which items were truly green.