Carbon Footprint Calculations Impact Buying Decisions

According to International Herald Tribune, Timberland is introducing “carbon labels” to help its customers assess the environmental quality of its products.

“With all the media attention around environmental issues, people are noticing that their lives are affected by environmental ills and they really have the purchasing power to make a difference,” said Betsy Blaisdell, manager of environmental stewardship for Timberland. “Hopefully, this will become a competitive advantage for companies who are aggressively demonstrating a reduction in their carbon footprint.”

Not wanting to go it alone, Timberland is trying to recruit other companies to develop a standardized method for verifying carbon emissions, and is discussing the issue with outdoor apparel companies including Nike, North Face and REI.

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