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Eco-Labels: Concerns and Experiences

Asha B. Joshi (Editor)

Eco-labels have been around for almost three decades and although the use of some ecolabels is growing, their effectiveness is still being investigated. This book provides an overview of the main eco-label categories, their meaning and specifications, and explores their use in various contexts. It recommends areas for further research to determine the actual environmental and economic benefits of eco-labelling. Worldwide, there are numerous labelling programmes, developed by businesses, government agencies and non-governmental organizations. Each label has its own criteria that products need to meet certification parameters. Around 30 to 40% of environmental stress is caused due to consumer behaviour. For this reason, altering consumer behaviour is a key point in Agenda 21, a plan of action passed by over 170 countries at the 1992 United Nations Conference for the Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. Agenda 21 explicitly mentions environmental labelling as an instrument for enhancing the environmental quality of products.

The book has two sections which explain the concept, issues and challenges faced by 'Ecolabels'; and industry and country experiences that support the demand for creating awareness world over. Sections are titled I) Issues and Challenges II) Industry / Country Experiences.

The book examines into present-day issues concerning Eco-labels. It emphasizes, yet that additional research required is to demonstrate the environmental, social and economic benefits of eco-labelling both at micro and macro levels for making world an eco-friendly place to live in.

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About the author

Asha B. Joshi

Asha B Joshi holds an LL.M degree in Environmental Law and International Legal Order from Gujarat University. She is the recipient of gold medals in her LL.B from Saurashtra University and a rank holder (2nd rank) in LL.M from Gujarat University. She has experience of seven years in industry and two years in academics. She is presently working as a Faculty Associate at Icfai Business School Research Centre, Ahmedabad. Prior to joining Icfai, she was associated with International Development Enterprises (India), Ahmedabad, L.G. Haria High School, and Airfrieght Limited. Her areas of interest include socio-economic, environmental and socio-legal aspects.

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Bibliographic information

Title Eco-Labels: Concerns and Experiences
Author Asha B. Joshi
Format Softcover
Date published: 08.12.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788131415801
length viii+viii+221p., Tables; Figures; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 24cm.