Ekobai Newsletter: Eco-certification and markets (Dec 2013)
Updates and Sector News
News from Oeko Tex: The world’s largest standards body for the textiles sector, Oeko Tex has confirmed it will introduce a new product label in 2014 in place of its long standing Oeko Tex 100 label which has over 10,000 registrations and relates to environmental and increasingly sustainability issues. It has also announced it will develop a new tool called MySTeP, which will enable retailers to list STeP-certified production plants in a 'cockpit' within their own apparel supply chains. Existing holders of the Oeko Tex certification will likely migrate to the new standard over time.
Certified Food Feels Better: Food certified to organic and sustainability standards like Fairtrade standards tastes better to consumers, according to a “blind” tasting study conducted in Sweden and reported by the UK’s Daily Mail. According to the researchers “In the case of crop products, like coffee, consumers could quite easily imagine production differences that could influence taste, such as crop spraying.’ Their study builds on earlier research which found we also tend to assume that organic products are healthier and have fewer calories.
New Certification System for Restaurants: The US consumer group United States Healthful Food Council has announced a scoring and audited certification for restaurants which relates to “authenticity, wholesomeness, nutrition and sustainability”. The REAL program will be piloted in Washington DC and the group states “Developed with the input of experts in nutrition, health, sustainability, foodservice and behavioral economics, the REAL Index is a consensus-based standard used to evaluate and recognize restaurants and other foodservice establishments that complete the USHFC’s extensive, third-party certification program. There is also a REAL product certification process currently under development.”
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