Green Guides

Look closely under the "green" label

It's a green jungle out there for anyone trying to make more environmentally sustainable buying decisions. There are a growing number of eco-labelling programs around the world, and it's hard to know what each one means. The following programs may be particularly relevant to help you make a greener decision when choosing corporate gift ideas and prizes or organizing events.

ENERGY STAR®

Consumer electronics may be near the top of the list for their perceived value as gifts or incentive program rewards. And you probably plug in your fair share of TVs, media players and other displays if you organize meetings or events. If this is the case, look for the ENERGY STAR label, which is an international symbol of energy efficiency and recognizes the best performers in each Category. Check out whether your electronics make the greener grade.

Environmental Choice™

The EcoLogo labelling program was started by Environment Canada 20 years ago to create a market incentive for companies to develop more environmentally preferable products and services. Today, the label extends to some 7,500 products and services, from consumer items to hotel accommodations, that you look up on an online database.

Green Key

The Hotel Association of Canada runs its voluntary Green Key program which audits members for sustainable business practices in all areas of operation, from housekeeping to waste management. Five green keys signifies the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility.

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