On of the cool things about this site is their Green Standards program, applied to all products available through their website. As a consumer this is a tool to help you understand why a product is ‘green’ and to what extent it is eco-friendly. Buygreen.com requires their suppliers and manufacturers to complete a questionnaire on every product before being considered for sale and then they apply a green standard to the product based on its lifecycle (source, manufacturing, impact, disposal).
Wondering about the various “green” or “natural” or “eco” labels and what they really mean?
This Inhabitat blog post does a good job of explaining the key green labels and certifications you’ll see things from printers to wood products, giving each a “Is it green?” answer.
Greenerchoices.org provides a wonderful section on eco-labels: search by label, product category, certification, or through their virtual kitchen. You can also browse their glossary and find out what makes a good eco-label.
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a third-party provider of certification, auditing and testing services, and standards, offers a searchable database of SCS certified products – “an online directory of green building products.” You can choose a product category like flooring, furniture, garden, textile, etc., then choose more specific parameters according to your main selection. You can also search by certification type such as non formaldehyde, reclaimable products, biodegradable, etc. You can also search by brand name or product registration number. There is also a link at the bottom of the page to a PDF file listing all FSC-certified wood products as well.
(from Cnet’s Green Tech Blog)
The sustainability calculator from Xerox will allow businesses (or libraries!) to figure out what sort of cost savings and environmental improvements can be had by reducing the amount of equipment installed and to help people use fewer copiers and printers. The Sustainability Calculator is available online.
This free online community – Rate It Green – is a user driven Web site for green building, products, companies, and services including a green rating system. Created by three unique partners and an advisory board looking for new members to join, their goal is “to facilitate an open marketplace where everyone can shop for and buy green products confidently.” The site includes a forum where users can share their thoughts or ask questions to others about products and services and a section on Green Building Basics. For those not wishing to register, the public areas are free to browse but you will not be able to post, rate or comment.
Check it out: http://www.rateitgreen.com/