There are many aspects of products to be considered in sustainability – one of many thingsAttributes of sustainable products include:Promotes the responsible use and conservation of land, fuels and electricity;Is certified to third-party standards or ecolabels for sustainability attributes;Reduces waste and makes efficient use of resources (energy and water especially);Was sourced, grown, or made using fair labor standards;Reduces polluting by-products or safety hazards during manufacture, use and disposal;Packaging or product can be recycled; andPackaging or product contains recycled materials.
Carbon footprintWater footprintWaste footprintPackagingCurrent agriculture trends (locally sourced, organic and use of biotechnology)
Agricultural land occupies 50% of the Earth's habitable land (World Wildlife Fund)Globally, the agricultural sector consumes about 69% of the planet's fresh water-more than twice that of industry (23%) and dwarfing municipal uses (8%) (World Wildlife Fund)World food production will have to increase 70% to meet the needs of the 2.3 billion people that are expected to inhabit the planet and increasing demand of higher incomes. (FAO)
Tell your suppliers about your interest in sourcing products that address:the sustainability attributes of your product category andyour company’s sustainability prioritiesMode of communication: individual phone calls or emails, a webinar, or mass messages sent to all your suppliersDepends on how many suppliers you would like to contact
What makes a “good” ecolabel?Ecolabeling organization itself is credible, with appropriate management practicesMarket recognitionGood performance standardAddresses important sustainability hot spotsDeveloped in a transparent process with participation of all relevant stakeholdersPublically available