Setting The Standard

A Look at Eco Labels, Certifications, and the Proof of Sustainability

Anyone can make “green” claims, but what do we have to back them up? In this series, we’ll focus on the standards and certifications that offer science-backed, trusted verifications with real sustainability credentials. From green building and electronics to zero-waste targets and closed-loop recycling, we’ll dive into the standards that make it possible for companies, organizations and governments to reduce their environmental impact.

For more information, watch our recent webinars:

Webinar: “More than Just Trash Talk: Turning Waste into Opportunities”
UL and Walmart discuss details of Walmart’s waste diversion program, including outcomes, best practices, and results. Watch Here.

Webinar: “Get the Sustainable Edge- how your corporate commitment can drive bottom-line results”
Leading companies pursue sustainability strategies at the product, process, or organizational level because they produce real results. During this webinar we will explore sustainability’s ROI in each of these situations and how to get – and leverage – your Sustainable Edge. Watch Here.


Downloadable Whitepapers from UL Environment

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3p Weekend: 6 Ways Eco-Labels Can Help Us Stay Sustainable

Eco-labels may not sound like the most exciting topic at first. But when you look a bit more closely, it's easy to see…
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Validating the Value of Zero Waste

The race to make defensible zero waste claims is well underway. Some organizations are going beyond public pledges and having their zero waste…
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Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Gets Certified

U.S. manufacturers large and small are looking for ways to demonstrate their social and environmental responsibility, as well as boost their bottom lines.…
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Navigating the ‘Wild West’ of Eco-Labels: Science-Backed Tips for Consumers

After a scandal in 2010 revealed that some Energy Star products did not live up to their energy-savings claims, the government changed the…
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Green Labels 101: What Labels Are Out There, and Which Ones Can We Trust?

“Energy Star,” “all-natural,” “biodegradable” and, of course, “organic” – these are just a few of the environmental claims and labels that consumers navigate…
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Poor Air Quality May Be Slowing Your Employees Down

Last month, we discussed the implications of indoor air quality (IAQ). We asked why you should care, and came up with a number…
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Sustainable Purchasing 101: Tools for Buying Greener Products

The hidden impacts occur throughout a product’s supply chain: from the point raw materials are scraped out of or harvested from the earth,…
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Smartphones Are Everywhere … But Where Are the Standards?

Eco labels, certifications and industry standards such as UL Environment's UL 110 are integral to minimizing the environmental impacts of CE devices throughout…
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Successful Sourcing for LEED: From Building to Maintenance

LEED's latest update (Version 4) leaves lots of room for creativity. But the key to a sustainable, well-built LEED-compliant home is good planning,…
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Transparency and Certification: The Yin and Yang of Sustainability

Tastes great. Less filling. Tastes great. Less filling. Like the beer advertising campaign that ran for more than 30 years, manufacturers of greener…
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Is LEED Becoming the New Normal?

The USGBC's signature LEED green building program is becoming the "new normal" for the building industry, creating new ways for companies to stand…
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VIDEO: The Proof of Zero – Zero Waste to Landfill Certification

LIVE: Join us for a conversation around ‘the proof of zero – Zero Waste to Landfill Certification with UL Environment, Waste Management, Bridgestone…
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Environmental Validation: Make ‘Green’ Claims and Do It Well

Consumers increasingly want to know what's behind a label, and an environmental claim. We talk with UL's Director of Market Development Scot Case…
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Shop Your Values: What Does ‘Sustainable’ Really Mean?

Everyone has his or her own concept of what sustainability is these days. So how do you set guidelines to validate such claims…
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IAQ: How Do You Stack Up When It Comes to Indoor Air Quality?

Why should we care about indoor air quality (IAQ)? Well, the first reason is our health. Consider the following facts: First of all,…