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Phuket: The importance of a green label

PHUKET: During the last decade, sustainable production and consumption schemes have been promoted throughout Thailand. However, the national market for eco-friendly green products is still small and relatively cost-ineffective.

By Kanokwan Homcha-aim

Thursday 23 May 2013, 09:25AM

Therefore, the Pollution Control Department (PCD) has tried to create mechanisms to assist with the growth of the market for green products.

The Green Public Procurement standard for environmentally-friendly goods and services conducted and practised among government agencies, considered to be big buyers, is helping to raise awareness of the eco-friendly product market, and the advantages that it holds for consumers.

So what should you look for in a green product? Goods and services that help reduce global warming: these are products that are of a standard quality and are generally available, take into account any possible environmental impact, and make efficient use of resources while minimising pollution.

In large corporations, the purchasing department could adopt the criteria set by the PCD for acquiring environmentally friendly goods and services.

There are currently 17 commonly-used goods and services in Thailand that have adopted such criteria, including envelopes, office supplies, metal furniture and photocopy machines.

According to the criteria, for example, eco-friendly toilet paper must contain more than 30 per cent recycled pulp and not use elemental chloride in the bleaching process.

Another easy and convenient way for consumers to see if a product is environmentally friendly is to just look for products that are ‘eco-labelled’.

Eco-labelling is an environmental certification awarded to products that are shown to have minimum detrimental impact on the environment, in comparison with other products serving the same function.

At present, there are more than 500 certified products – including building materials, electrical appliances, IT equipment, household goods, textiles and automotive accessories.

For a comprehensive list of criteria for environmental friendly goods and services, visit pcd.go.th.


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