Eco labelling in Japan
Japan's Eco Mark was initated in 1989 and now covers over 130 product categories and thousands of products. Japan Environment Association publishes a newsletter in English that has interesting facts about its development. In their latest issue, they show the result of a survey conducted by the Ministry of Environment, indicating that 86% of local governments around Japan carry out green purchasing. All 46 prefectures and major cities (100%) indicated that they carry out green purchasing! In the survey, they were asked about the reference information for green purchasing. The top reply was "eco-labelling programs" and 94-96% replied that they would use the Eco Mark for reference. More than 30 prefectures mention the Eco Mark and/or its certified products in their policy or plan. Read Eco Mark News (pdf) or visit the Japan Eco Mark website for more information.