Certification and Markets: An ekobai.com Newsletter (Sept 2012)
Updates and Sector News
First certification to the SAC Higg Index: A Hong Kong company, Central Textiles, has become the first company to complete the supplier facilities assessment part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalitions Higg Index. SAC is a group of leading buyers and manufacturers and its Higg Index is a “The Higg Index 1.0 is primarily an indicator based tool for apparel that enables companies to evaluate material types, products, facilities and processes based on a range of environmental and product design choices.”
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) joins ISEAL: The GSTC is a federation type body under which many of the leading sustainable tourism standards sit as members, such as Earthcheck and Australia's Advanced Ecotourism Standard has become a member of the ISEAL Alliance, a wider body made up of leading sustainability standards bodies from various sectors. The move signals a continuing trend towards collaboration amongst the often fragmented world of sustainability standards.
Non GMO Food Sales Up 21%: Non GMO certified food sales in the US increased by a stunning 21% in the second quarter of 2012 (June-Aug) according to data from SPINS, an online newsletter focusing on the natural food industry. The key standard for non GMO food in the US is the Non GMO Project. Non GMO food sales hit 1 billion in 2011.
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