Green labelling

In recent years the number of labels appearing on consumer goods, both food and non-food alike, denoting some kind of approval has soared. Many people find the number so overwhelming that they “switch off” and therefore do not gain anything from the schemes. This is unfortunate, as in many instances the symbols do actually denote that the particular product to which they have been applied has reached a certain standard or met a set of criteria which mark it out from its rivals.

Environmental/green claims

Eco labelling

We are responsible for the enforcement, at retail level, of legislation which requires various household appliances, such as washing machines and tumble driers, to be labelled with their energy efficiency rating. The labels include colour coded bars for easy comparison, and, go from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). Products which are labelled correctly can assist the consumer, for whom energy efficiency is a criteria, in determining what products to buy.

We also inspect retail premises to ensure that the Energy Information labels are present on all appropriate electrical products.

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

Environmental claims and labels: guidance for businesses

Ecolabel scheme

Report a misleading or false green claim

Consumers should contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06

Hampshire businesses should contact Hampshire Trading Standards, Montgomery House, Monarch Way, Winchester, SO22 5PW

Phone 01962 833620