Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, Project No. P954501
My comments pertain to the posted "Green Guides Summary of Proposal". With regard to claims of Recyclability, I agree with the 3-tired approach. I would also like to see use of the recycling symbol (3 arrows) be limited to items that are in the first and second category only. The general public equates that symbol with being able to recycle that product in their community. There should be a Made with Recycled Content category that states what percent of pre and post-consumer material is used in the product. Since the feedstock may vary, manufacturers could use a range i.e. Contains 15-20% post-consumer recycled fiber. The Degradable and Compostable categories are confusing to the general public. I suggest doing away with the degradable category altogether. If the product is not destined for landfill, recycling, or incineration, then it should be compostable either in a large-scale compost facility or home composter. It would be more beneficial to indicate in the Compostable category whether the item can be composted at home or requires more controlled temperatures achieved in a large-scale compost facility.