ACI in the Huffington Post: Environmentally-friendly Forests? Well, Just on Paper

Consumers are increasingly seeking sustainable, environmentally-friendly products, including wood and paper products. In fact, many consumers are willing to pay more for eco-labeled goods that come from “well-managed forests.” Often times, that eco-label means that the wood was certified to have met the standards set by one particular international forestry certification organization, the Forest Stewardship […]

ACI Announces New Study: Recommends Credible Certification Standards for Consumer Protection

Earlier this year, the American Consumer Institute started studying issues surrounding “forest certification” and their impact on domestic timber and consumer markets.  These are under the radar issues for many Americans, but they are important to raise because they impact consumer perception of the sustainability and commensurate value of wood and paper products.  As new […]

Certification Policy Not Seeing the Forests from the Trees

Earlier this year, I wrote about the issue of forest certification and how government regulation of the certification market imposes certain costs to producers and consumers of wood products.  Over the past decade numerous local, state and federal government agencies have regulated this market by adhering to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED rating […]

Making Responsible Environmental Choices

Recently, both the New York Times and Washington Post posted articles that raised several important questions for consumers seeking “green” products in the marketplace.  Congress is also weighing on the issue.  Recently, a group of US representatives sent a letter to Rick Fedrizzi, President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council, indicating their concern […]