Labeling Wood Products Based on Environmental Impacts - Helping consumers make sustainable choices
Transparent and credible environmental labeling of products is vital for a sustainable future. To aid in developing a sustainable future, evaluating products for their environmental impact using life cycle assessment (LCA) has become a growing research area. LCA, a science-based methodology, examines products from the point of extraction of raw materials for manufacturing the products to the point of final disposition. However, the results can be hard to interpret for the general public. EPDs provide a transparent and credible way of demonstrating to consumers and business the environmental benefits of choosing one product or another, much like using nutritional labels. This project was initiated to disseminate information on the potential use of LCA-based EPDs in the forest products industry.
Forest Service Partners