To promote environment-friendly lifestyles through wise product choice, the Japan Environment Association (JEA) manages the Eco Mark Program aimed at certifying and spreading Eco-friendly products. The JEA also serves as the general affairs office for the Global Ecolabelling Network, composed of organizations from 20 some countries that are implementing ecolabelling programs.
The Eco Mark program serves to promote environment-friendly lifestyles (ecological
lifestyles) through wise product choices. A committee composed of academics,
governments, consumer groups, and experts from various industries sets standards
and carries out the certification. The Eco Mark is labeled on products with
relatively less environmental impact compared to similar products, during the
entire life cycle, from exploiting and collecting the product materials, to
the manufacturing, distribution, use and consumption, disposal, and recycling.
After screening Eco-friendly products submitted for approval by manufacturers,
the JEA certifies and publicizes products qualifying for the Eco Mark .
The JEA serves as the general affairs office for the network of organizations from 20 some countries that are implementing programs similar to the Eco Mark. Its role includes making certification standards identical, appealing the network's endeavors, information exchange, providing information on the Internet, supporting the launch of new ecolabelling programs all over the world, etc.
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