Product Category Rules, Environmental Product Declarations, and Eco-Labels

Do you need an eco-label for your product? Or do you want to make a statement about the environmental performance of your products or services? EarthShift can help you navigate the maze of eco-label programs and guide you to those that are best suited for your product, industry or customer base. 

Type III Environmental Labels - Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)

Product Category Rules

Product Category Rules (PCRs) are vital for the concept of environmental declarations and climate declarations. PCRs enable transparency for the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) development and also comparability between different EPDs based on the same PCR. EPD standards require that a PCR be developed for each system functional unit. One cannot have a product category rule that covers everything from toys to trucks; there must be a separate product category rule for each kind of product. Sharing a functional unit means that the products provide the same social benefit for consumers, and direct comparisons can be made between different products. Logically, this means that every kind of product must have its own rule.

Environmental Product Declarations are owned by the companies that are selling the product. However, the PCRs are produced and owned by a third party, called the program operator. The program operator is responsible for making sure that the rules are developed in a transparent and fair fashion according to the international standards, and that the validation of EPDs using the PCR is done in such as way that quality is assured. If you need an EPD and there is no PCR for your product (or if you aren't sure), then we can help you navigate what can otherwise be a long and confusing process.

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

As demand for environmentally preferable products has increased, concerns from consumers over “greenwashing” and insubstantiated claims by manufacturers have also increased. Publishing an EPD will substantiate your environmental marketing claims and provide an ecolabel (ISO 14025) that consumers can use to accurately compare products. Life Cycle Assessment is the science behind these EPDs which must meet and comply with specifc methodological requirements that are defned in Product Category Rules (PCR). In addition to complying with PCRs, EPDs are also verifed by third-party expert panels to ensure their accuracy prior to publication. When your company is ready to publish an EPD, EarthShift can guide you through the process.

Assistance with Eco-Labels and the Wal-Mart Scorecard

Are you trying to compare packaging designs in theWal-Mart scorecard, but your new material is missing? Would you like to receive the energy innovation credit? Perhaps your customers are demanding that you meet the requirements of a Type I Eco-label such as Green Seal? EarthShift can work with you to compare packaging designs using advanced LCA models to meet your label and scorecard compliance requirements.