Carbon Trust Footprint

Carbon Trust Footprint

This little foot only cares about carbon but takes into account the full product lifecycle










Label Mouse says:

The foot label has been around since 2012, but since 2023 Carbon Trust has moved away from 'carbon neutral' towards claims focussed on carbon reduction and carbon comparison. This feels like a more realistic and useful approach rather than seeing corporates 'forgive' themselves their emissions through offsetting.

The scheme takes into account the wider cradle-to-grave (raw material through to recycling / disposal) carbon impact rather than the more short-sighted cradle-to-gate assessments which only take into account raw material to retail distribution).

Assessment appears reasonably rigorous with 24 months of data required for 'reduction' status, 12 months for a new verification. Products need to show how they switching to lower emission power, reducing waste or changing suppliers to those with lower impacts. The Carbon Trust (through a process created in conjunction with the BSI and Defra) then verifies the data before awarding the marque.

Entirely focused on carbon inputs and outputs (as you would expect) so from Label Mouse's perspective a very narrow lens to view environmental and societal responsibility - so no rating for animals or humans.

They promise:

One logo with a few different variations. Read the small print alongside to see whether the product’s carbon footprint is reducing year on year, that the product's carbon footprint is lower than a competitor, or that they're using 100% renewable electricity.

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What is Label Mouse?

There are a lot of food labels out there, but its pretty unclear what they mean.

With the UK leaving the EU we're able to define our own regulations on how our food is produced, the impact on the environment and how the animals involved are cared for. This could be a good or a bad thing. The extra player in the mix is that brands are introducing their own schemes which can appear more eco-friendly than they actually are.

Label Mouse does the research to help you make more informed buying choices. Hope it's useful.
Suggestions and support welcome!