Ethical Trading - Australian Labels

on Thursday, 27 August 2015. Posted in Current News


Labelling In Australia – Vote With Your Dollars

Within the last decade the number of labels appearing on products available to Australian consumers, be they food or furnishings, has increased markedly.

As a result, many people now find themselves confused as to what all these new markers mean and how they relate to the production of the item(s) they wish to purchase.

In order to resolve this confusion, this fortnight’s newsletter will address the topic of labels; their purpose and their impact.

You will have seen many of these symbols before.fairtradelogosbeahero (2).jpg

Think of the Save the Dolphins label, the Rainforest Alliance eco-label and even the Fair Trade label. Many however may be new, and/or you may never have really paid attention to these markers before.

The purposes of these labels are many:

  • labels help Australian consumers to differentiate between products that have been made in an environmentally friendly/human rights respecting manner from those that are not
  • labels differentiate products that are energy efficient from those that are non-energy efficient
  • labels differentiate products that minimise waste from those that do not minimise waste

It should never be forgotten that buying and supporting products that feature eco-labels places pressure on many powerful corporations to improve their practices.

It is with this in mind that we have established this page in order to examine a portion of the most important eco-labels used within the Australian market, what they symbolise exactly and where products featuring these labels can be purchased.  

Specific Labels

Fair Trade


Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

UTZ Certified



When you buy UTZ Certified coffee, cocoa or tea you are helping build a better future.


UTZ Certified stands for sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet. The UTZ program enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and take better care of their children and the environment.Through the UTZ-program farmers grow better crops, generate more income and create better opportunities while safeguarding the environment and securing the earth’s natural resources. Now and in the future. And that tastes a lot better.

Rainforest Alliance Certified

367443c40cd6a049d978b1bb23ff075aThe Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal ensures that a product comes from a farm or forest operation that meets comprehensive standards that protect the environment and promote the rights and well-being of workers, their families and communities. Products that carry the green frog seal include coffee, tea, chocolate, fruit, ready to drink beverages and juices, flowers, paper and tissue products, furniture and more. 

Fairtrade Certified

Fairtrade certified

 We seek to empower family farmers and workers around the world, while enriching the lives of those struggling in poverty. Rather than creating dependency on aid, we use a market-based approach that empowers farmers to get a fair price for their harvest, helps workers create safe working conditions, provides a decent living wage and guarantees the right to organize. Through direct, equitable trade, farming and working families are able to eat better, keep their kids in school, improve health and housing, and invest in the future. Keeping families, local economies, the natural environment, and the larger community strong today and for generations to come; these are the results we seek through Fair Trade.

Australian Certified

Australian Certified Organic

Australian certified organic ACO provides certification services to operators from all sectors of the organic industry. Certification ensures compliance with national production standards and allows trace back of all products to their origin.

The WELS Water Rating Label                 


The WELS water-rating label provides water efficiency information for water-using household products. The mandatory rating system is similar to the energy rating labelling, with six stars. By choosing to use more water-efficient products in the home, Australians will save water and cut down on water and energy bills.



Dolphin Safe/Friendly
bd743303f4bf66fa006d48577d691948The Earth Island Institute monitors tuna companies around the world to ensure the tuna is caught by methods that do not harm dolphins and protect the marine ecosystem. In order for tuna to be considered “Dolphin Safe”, it must meet the following standards: 1. No intentional chasing, netting or encirclement of dolphins during an entire tuna fishing trip; 2. No use of drift gill nets to catch tuna; 3. No accidental killing or serious injury to any dolphins during net sets; 4. No mixing of dolphin-safe and dolphin-deadly tuna in individual boat wells (for accidental kill of dolphins), or in processing or storage facilities; and 5. Each trip in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) by vessels 400 gross tons and above must have an independent observer on board attesting to the compliance with points (1) through (4) above.

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