UNDERSTANDING 
LABELS

1.

Effect on the Environment 

How does this product affect the environment in production and after its used?

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2.

Product Source

Where, how, and by whom was this product created?

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3.

Ingredients 

What does this product contain? What benefits do some ingredients have?

      What do Product Labels          Mean?

As product labels can be complex and mysterious, we aim to educate students about the meanings behind product labels. These labels teach us how ethical products can be, where they come from, and how the ingredients in certain products may affect specific skin types. 

The Three Pillars.

When shopping, consider the three pillars contributing to sustainable products. The effect on the environment, source, and ingredients are critical variables in determining the sustainability of a product. 

Common Labels .

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ANIMAL WELFARE APPROVED

Animals raised humanely and in an environmentally friendly manner

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LEAPING BUNNY

Cruelty-free and no animal testing 

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RAINFOREST ALLIANCE CERTIFIED

Product created sustainably with the least impact on the rainforest environment

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FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED

 

Sustainable and fair trade, empowers farmers and workers in production

 
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FOOD ALLIANCE CERTIFIED

 

Ethical animal practices, safe working environments, and protection of natural environments 

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USDA ORGANIC CERTIFIED 

The products this label is found on reduce pesticide levels and limits synthetics

Understanding   Chemicals . 
 
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1% FOR THE PLANET 

Donates 1% of income to sustainable energy and projects 

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CERTIFIED B CORPORATION

The production and usage of this product is sustainable and verified by a third-party 

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OEKO TEXTILES 

Found on linen and towel labels, indicates water efficiency and usage of sustainable materials 

Parabens are preservatives commonly found in skincare. Studies have linked them to cancer and behavioral changes, and they have also been discovered in marine life due to pollution.