Helping you to reduce your environmental impact and make a more sustainable choice

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 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 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 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 and wastes.
The Nordic Swan 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 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 performance
Evans ‘Green Tick’ Evans ‘Green Tick’ Evans Vanodine have developed an innovative system for classifying each of our products according to their overall environmental impact. The system scores products based on eight different criteria. The criteria selected are used to create a holistic life cycle view of the processes and product and also align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Every product in the Evans range is analysed using the GreenTick system. The lower the overall product score, the lower the impact on the environment. Products which achieve a low impact rating are identified with a GreenTick logo on the label.
Carbon Neutral Carbon Neutral The CarbonNeutral Company is the world leading provider of carbon reduction solutions.

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 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) 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 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 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 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 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) 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 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 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 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 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 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 Vincotte Validation 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.

EU Energy Label for Tyres 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

EU Energy Label for Vacuum Cleaners 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

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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.

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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

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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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