To assist you, our valued customers, in making an informed choice about the products and services we supply and to enable you to give environmental consideration when making a purchasing decision, Futures Supplies would like to offer you the following additional information which we hope will assist you to identify products that offer a more sustainable choice.
You can already be confident that you are on your way to making a ‘greener’ choice because you have selected to purchase you supplies from us! At Futures Supplies we have taken systematic measures to formalise our approach to our environmental project and as well as being a BS EN IS0 14001 independently certified company we are carbon neutral.
As a carbon neutral company we go one -step further to address our impact on the environment. Reducing our emissions through vigorous energy management and targets we then go on to offset our unavoidable emissions through the purchase of carbon credits in partnership with The CarbonNeutral Company in a responsible best practice model.
You will find products are conveniently ‘flagged’ for you by a green traffic light. These products will have little or a low impact on the environment, be biodegradable, contain recycled content or may carry an environmental independently certified ‘eco’ or ‘green’ logo or label’.
Here you can find listed some of the commonly found ‘green labels’, ‘green logos’ and ‘ecolabels’ along with further explanations and links to the organisations responsible for the claims.
With the growing demand for green sustainable alternatives we hope that this facility will help you make a more informed choice.
|The Mobius Loop||The internationally recognised recycling symbol is the 3 chasing
arrows icon. Each arrow represents an aspect of a successful recycling
programme: collection, remanufacturing/reprocessing into a new product,
and finally purchase by the consumer.
|The European Eco-label||This scheme was launched to avoid proliferation of separate national
schemes. Award of the label signals that the item meets ‘rigorous
environmental criteria and proper fitness of use’, but it does not
necessarily mean that a product contains any recycled content. Products
featuring the Eco-label should become more widespread as manufacturers
apply to be allowed to use the label on products that comply with the
appropriate criteria, which are based on detailed life cycle analysis
|The Blue Angel||This scheme is administered by the German Quality Control Institute,
and has been established since 1979. It covers a wide range of consumer
products from wallpaper to tyres. Currently, over 4,000 products from
various manufacturers carry this widely recognised label. For recycled
paper to qualify for the mark, it must be made of 100% waste paper
(tolerance 5%), and contain at least 51% low grade or medium grade scrap
|The Nordic Swan||The Nordic Council of Ministers introduced this label in 1989, to
encourage production methods that create the minimum environmental
impact. It covers fine papers and soft tissue grades, but does not
necessarily imply that the product contains any recycled fibre.
|ISO 14001||A supplier operating an environmental management system may seek
certification to ISO 14001. This standard specifies the requirements for
an environmental management system in terms of an organisation’s
environmental commitment to a policy, compliance with applicable
legislation and regulations and to continual improvement in its overall
|Evans ‘Green Tick’||Evans Vanodine have identified products as the preferred
environmental choice in their respective categories and awarded them a
'Green Tick'. This is illustrated on the front label of the appropriate
They have analysed each product in our range utilising the W.E.I.R. system and have arrived at a figure, the lower the figure the less impact the product has on the environment.
|Carbon Neutral||The CarbonNeutral Company is the world leading provider of carbon
Since 1997 The CarbonNeutral Company have focused on helping business achieve value form reducing their carbon emissions and providing a guarantee of excellence through their quality assurance programme.
|International environmental standard for fisheries management||The MSC has developed an international environmental standard for
fisheries management through an extensive two-year stakeholder
consultation. This standard is based on the FAO Code of Conduct for
Responsible Fisheries. The MSC rewards good fishing practice with an
eco-label. This recognises responsible fishery management practices and
provides consumers with the opportunity to make purchasing choices in
support of sustainable fisheries.
|The Fair Trade Federation (FTF)||The Fair Trade Federation (FTF) is an association of fair trade
wholesalers, retailers, and producers whose members are committed to
providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically
disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide. FTF also acts as a
clearinghouse for information on fair trade and provides resources and
networking opportunities for its members. By adhering to social criteria
and environmental principles, Fair Trade Organisations (FTOs) foster a
more equitable and sustainable system of production and trade that
benefits people and their communities.
|The FAIRTRADE Mark||The FAIRTRADE Mark is a widely recognised label awarded to products
that meet international Fairtrade standards. The Fairtrade Foundation
operates under the Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO)
to license the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark in the UK. FAIRTRADE is not
just about ensuring producers get a fair price for their products. While
the standards do relate to the welfare of their employees, producers now
have two new Generic Environmental Standards that they will be expected
to work to. They will apply from July 2005.
|The EC Energy Label||By law, the EC Energy Label must be displayed on all white goods
such as fridges, freezers and washing machines. The label also provides
an assessment of the product's energy efficiency, as well as giving an
estimate of electricity and water consumption on standard settings,
performance, noise levels and whether the product has gained an
ecolabel. The label identifies the most energy efficient models on a
scale of A-G, A being the most efficient.
|The Soil Association Organic Symbol||The Soil Association Organic Symbol is the UK's most recognisable
trademark for organic produce. When used on food packaging, it tells the
consumer that product is certified to the highest organic standards and
provides reassurance of organic authenticity. Farmers, growers,
processors and retailers value the Organic Symbol as it embodies high
professional standards of production, handling, storage and sale.
|The Energy Efficiency logo||The Energy Efficiency logo has been introduced by the Energy Savings
Trust, an independent government funded body, to identify products and
services, which save or use less energy. This label is used to promote
energy saving appliances.
|UKCRA (United Kingdom Cartridge Recyclers Association)||UKCRA (United Kingdom Cartridge Recyclers Association) provide
environmental alternatives to imported toner cartridges, by establishing
standards for toner cartridge recycling and supplying details of
companies that conform to those standards. If a remanufactured/recycled
product contains the UKCRA symbol, they can be 100% sure it is produced
by a member company of UKCRA and the guarantee that symbol supports.
|The Forest Stewardship Council||The Forest Stewardship Council evaluates, accredits and monitors
certification organisations which inspect forest operations and grant
labels certifying that timber has been produced from well managed
forests. Once certified, timber and timber-based products originating
from that forest or woodland are eligible to carry the FSC Trademark.
|EPA Energy Star||The Energy Star® Office Equipment Program is a self-certification
program dedicated to reducing energy consumption. It was developed in
1992 by the US environmental Protection Agency to reduce energy wasted
during idle periods by personal computers, printers, fax machines,
copiers and scanners. Machines with this logo should power down after a
period of not being used, and then power up when used again.
|PEFC||Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC)
promotes Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent
third-party certification. It works throughout the forest supply chain
to promote good practice and to ensure products are sourced with respect
for the highest social and ethical standards.
For a product to qualify for certification, all entities along the supply chain must possess PEFC CoC certification. Only then are the companies eligible to use the PEFC label on products and in product marketing to highlight their responsible sourcing of the raw material.
|The Green Dot||The Green Dot is a registered trademark. It means that a financial
contribution has been paid to an authorised packaging recovery scheme
(The UK is not a participating Green Dot system country)
|The A.I.S.E Charter for Sustainable Cleaning||
The Charter for Sustainable Cleaning is a voluntary initiative of the European soaps, detergents and maintenance products industry
The Charter is a lifecycle analysis based framework. It promotes & facilitates a common industry approach to sustainability practice & reporting. It covers human and environmental safety of chemicals, to eco-efficiency, occupational health and safety, resource use and consumer information
The logo will certify that the product meets the specific 'Advanced
Sustainability Profile' for its category.
|Ecover ‘Vinçotte Validation’||
Ecover have developed their diamond model to develop & evaluate its products against the impact of the products production, use & after use, by measuring against 13 different ecological criteria.
The independent company, Vinçotte Environment have validated Ecover’s diamond model, and the 100% sustainable cycle logo is printed on their products.
|The EU Energy Label for Tyres||
On 1st November 2012, the EU regulation on labelling of tyres came in to force.
The label provides information on fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise through clear pictograms. The label will allow consumers to make informed choices when buying tyres, ranked on a scale from A (best) to G (bad).
For further information, please visit http://ec.europa.eu/energy/efficiency/tyres/labelling_en.htm
|The EU Energy Label for Vacuum Cleaners||
General purpose, hard floor and carpet vacuum cleaners should come with an energy label indicating its energy efficiency on a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).
From 2017 this energy scale will be amended to the range of A+++ to D
For further information, please visit http://eepf-energylabelgenerator.eu/en/eepf-labels/label-type/vacuum-cleaners
This Product Standard is a multi-attribute, continuous improvement methodology that provides a path to manufacturing healthy and sustainable products for the world we live in.
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is a non-profit organisation created to bring about a large-scale transformation in the way products are made.
For further information, please visit http://www.c2ccertified.org/
B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
Today, there is a growing community of more than 600 Certified B Corps from 15 countries and 60 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business
For further information, please visit http://www.bcorporation.net/
This information is provided for the sole purpose of helping to provide a general and more informed purchasing choice and has been collated from information provided by third parties and therefore Futures Supplies does not control or endorse the content in any way.
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