In the 21st century of the developed world, it’s inevitable to become members of the consumer society unless we live in a tent at the edge of a forest, withdrawn from the modern world.
Large cities are especially characterized by overspending, consumerism and wastage. Unfortunately, large companies are no help in producing less waste, as they’re no longer interested in manufacturing products lasting a lifetime, only in maximizing profits as much as possible. So, our primary pursuit should be not buying anything we don’t need. But if we still need to do shopping, we should try choosing more environmentally friendly and domestic products! I’d like to offer help with finding and choosing such products by describing the meaning behind various ecolabels. Written by Szabó Noémi.
This is a very important label and should not be confused with the domestic product or the domestically produced goods marking. The Magyar termék (Hungarian product) label can only be given to a commodity that is made in Hungary by using 100% domestic ingredients and has not been marketed in another country before being placed on the market in Hungary.
|In contrast, hazai termék (domestic product) is processed food with over 50% of untreated ingredients coming from Hungary and with all steps of production taking place in Hungary.|
|Domestically produced goods in turn means that less than 50% of the ingredients used in the production of processed food are of domestic origin, but all steps of production have taken place in Hungary.|
|This proves the environmental friendly nature of a product. The Hungarian certification system is based on the EU Ecolabel. The system has two objectives: to encourage companies to use cleaner technologies and to develop and promote demand for environmentally friendly products.|
|The purpose of using this mark is the same as that of the previous one. This mark can be applied to any textile, fabric, yarn and fiber that meets EU requirements and whose use keeps environmental impact to a minimum.|
|The Fairtrade Certification mark proves that the product has been produced at fair prices under decent working conditions. By buying an item with this sign, we help producers in developing countries to overcome poverty and inequality.|
|If an organic product is fully compliant with the EU’s organic farming regulation and also comes from an EU member state, it has earned this sign.|
|This may be put on a product that complies with the quality assurance rules prescribed by the mark policy and is made from poultry raised and processed in Hungary.|
|This is a European regional certification mark. It recognizes high quality products, services, and producers complying with basic consumer rights, consumer protection and environmental standards.|
|This mark supports small and medium-sized enterprises that produce unique and excellent products which respect Hungarian traditions. Its aim is to make not only the elite hungaricums, but also other excellent Hungarian products internationally known.|
The purpose of this mark is to protect food producers, to develop the general culture of food consumption, and to encourage food producers to improve quality.
|This marks products complying with the energy consumption criteria of the US Environmental Protection Agency.|
A mandatory marking on batteries and on electronic equipment. If a black bar can be seen under the bin, it indicates that the manufacturer has to pay the costs of collecting and disposing of the product. If the black bar is not present, the manufacturer is responsible for collecting the product only in case of replacement.
|This indicates that the appropriate fee has been paid to the national packaging recovery organization for the given packaging, in order to carry out the collection, recovery and disposal of the packaging of the products.|
|This is the label of the Forest Stewardship Council, with the aim to prove the origin of wood and thus promote global action for sustainable and responsible forest management. Over the course of qualification, maintaining biodiversity and ecological balance during logging and forest (re)planting is observed, as well as the rights and interests of local workers and residents in the affected areas.|
|Since March 2013, cosmetics tested on animals cannot not be placed on the market in the European Union.|
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Translated by Ádám Hittaller