Le marche du bricolage est aujourd’hui l’objet d’une proliferation de signes mettant, pour la plupart, en exergue l’interet croissant du consommateur pour une meilleure prise en compte des questions environnementales dans les produits de consommation. Pas facile aujourd’hui de s’y retrouver dans la jungle des etiquettes et autres ecolabels qui fleurissent sur les emballages de nos produits. Les ecolabels sont des marques de certification volontaire (non obligatoires mais demandees par les fabricants ou les prestataires de services) delivrees par un organisme independant : l’AFNOR Certification.
Parmi les ecolabels les plus repandus sur le marche francais, on trouve NF Environnement et l’Eco-label europeeen. La marque NF Environnement et l’Eco-label europeen attestent qu’un produit ou un service a moins d’impacts negatifs sur l’environnement (eau, air, energie…) tout au long de son cycle de vie (fabrication, utilisation, elimination du produit) tout en etant aussi efficace et performant qu’un produit similaire.
Il y a trois formes d’etiquetage environnemental aujourd’hui repertoriees par l’ISO (International Standard Organisation) au travers des normes de la serie 14020 (qui definit les principes generaux de l’etiquetage environnemental).
Certification d’apres essais et controles des impacts environnementaux par un organisme independant (garanit l’objectivite). Toutes les allegations environnementales avancees sous sa seule responsabilite par un producteur (ou un distributeur) font partie de cette categorie (l’entreprise dit que son produit est performant sur le plan environnemental). Une auto declaration ne porte, le plus souvent, que sur une caracteristique environnementale du produit ou concerne une seule etape du cycle de vie du produit. Elaborees sous la seule responsabilite des entreprises, les informations auto-declarees sont tres variees allant des declarations correspondant a de veritables avantages environnementaux a des declarations vagues et imprecises, voire mensongeres. Cet etiquetage cherche a tirer parti de la comprehension croissante du grand public ou des professionnels pour les questions environnementales. Il consiste en la mise a disposition de donnees quantitatives sur les impacts environnementaux d’un produit, lesquelles sont souvent presentees sous forme de didactique (diagrammes…). Often times the front of a product will feature all of the good things about a product to entice you to buy it (effective marketing, right?).
Anyway, the bottom line is that you just have to be smarter than the person marketing to you… always read your labels, people!
Absorbs more rapidly than regular sugar, because it doesn’t stimulate insulin or leptin production. Has been implicated in a variety of diseases and health problems, including but not limited to, heart disease, diabetes, and weight gain. Studies have linked trans-fats (Hydrogenated Soybean Oil and others) to cancer, diabetes, weakened immune systems, bad cholesterol, reproductive problems, obesity, asthma, auto-immune disease, heart disease, bone degeneration, and more!
It’s a cheap filler, and butter substitute, to extend shelf lives and create more profits. MSG is an excitotoxin, which means it overexcites your cells to the point of damage or death, causing brain damage to varying degrees — and potentially even triggering or worsening learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease and more.
Linked to headaches, migraines, obesity, eye damage, fatigue, depression, heart irregularities, seizures and more.

It makes food taste much better by very slightly cutting your tongue, so that you can taste the robust, salty flavors more densely. An artificial sweetener 180 times sweeter than sugar and was created in a lab making your body unable to recognize it. An excitotoxin that encourages free radical growth which accelerates aging and health problems. Common reported symptoms from artificial sweeteners include: brain cancer, headaches, migraines, sleep problems, hallucinations, memory loss, nausea, dizziness, hives, seizures, cramps, rash, fatigue, diarrhea, joint pain and more! Stimulates the release of insulin and leptin — hormones which instruct your body to store fat. Chemicals in artificial sweeteners break down into formaldehyde and get absorbed by your small intestine. The three most widely used dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are contaminated with known carcinogens. Nine of the food dyes currently approved for use in the United States are linked to health issues like cancer and hyperactivity to allergy-like reactions — and these results were from studies conducted by the chemical industry itself.
One study found that the E-numbered food dyes do as much damage to children’s brains as does lead in gasoline, resulting in a significant reduction in IQ.
2) Sign the petition to label high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) if you want to help create awareness and educate others what to watch out for and avoid  read more and sign here. There have already been a couple blogs about the health effects (or lack thereof) of eating organic foods.
I think that many people (sadly) are captured by headlines meant to lure them in and fail to do any sort of follow-up research.
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Entre les logos, les labels, les sigles, les declarations… le consommateur ne sait plus ou donner de la tete. Ces deux labels sont reconnus par les pouvoirs publics (ministere charge de l’industrie, ecologie). Un ecoprofil est elabore volontairement par un industriel, a l’issue d’une analyse du cycle de vie (methodologie qui vise a evaluer de facon quantitative les impacts environnementaux d’un produit tout au long de son cycle de vie). The real truth is though, the front of the label is not as important as the ingredients on the back, side, top, bottom, etc. Another dye, Red 3, has been acknowledged for years by the Food and Drug Administration to be a carcinogen, yet is still in the food supply. If you eat the food that God created (vegetables & fruits) you don’t have to read any labels!

But I had to wonder if organic cleaning products suffered from the same misconception that they are somehow better for us than the standard-quo."Green" products, specifically household cleaners, carry the label of being better than commercial cleaning products in all respects.
Do people just buy these products because they're labeled "organic." Do they even know what organic means, and what they're buying? That has been evidenced in a variety of the topics we've covered both in class and in our blogs. C’est le cas notamment des partenaires Pia Gazil et Solmur Distibution (Saint Luc, Blanchon, Balsan, etc.). The whole organic issue has really exemplified this, judging by the number of blog posts written by people who are "shocked" when they find that there is little effect on health of eating organic vs.
By being more aware consumers of science, we can avoid these misconceptions and make decisions based on science that are best for us and our lifestyles. Cependant, si ces signes sont clairs pour celui qui les appose, il n’en est rien pour le consommateur ou le professionnel.
Le nombre d’indications graphiques sur les emballages ne cessent de croitre et le consommateur ne sait toujours pas comment decrypter la multitude de signes qui l’entourent.
Un ecoprofil peut etre actualise periodiquement, ce qui permet au consommateur averti de visualiser les progres accomplis, selon un rythme choisi par l’industriel. For example, phthalates (often added to cleaning solutions as a fragrance) are known to cause disruptions in the endocrine and reproductive systems. I did a blog about organic foods, thinking i would find that organic is so much better as most people act, but actually found it very hard to convince people to go organic based on facts. Standard cleaning products also contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which the EPA says can cause cancer in animals and possibly humans. I think misconceptions similar to the ones related to organic food may exist in the idea that one diet is better than another, i.e.
The ingredients in cleaning products can also threaten the environment and water quality, as they become more toxic as they break-down.We can avoid all these dangers by switching to organic cleaning products, or so I thought.
When organic becomes the new fad and people are talking about how much better it is, with out research many people just hop on board. The FDA discourages the use of the compound and the state of California classifies it as "cancer-causing".So are these products worth it?
If you're someone who considers yourself a diehard consumer of organic goods, will you continue to use these products? They appear to be better than standard products in most respects but they certainly don't come without their share of risks.

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