Environmental advice for business
Businesses want to promote their environmentally friendly services and products. Trading Standards will support legitimate businesses who strive to make trueful and accurate claims, which are not ambiguous. It is important that consumers are not confused by environmental claims.
Businesses need to provide accurate, truthful and clear information on all product labelling and packaging. This also applies to all advertising and marketing literature. Environmental claims must not mislead and are required to be substantiated with credible evidence.
The overall presentation of the product or service needs to be considered when making environmental claims. For example, any endorsements by environmental organisations must be accurate and truthful.
From 1st October 2023, businesses must no longer supply, sell or offer certain single-use plastic items in England.
The ban on these items will include:
- online and over-the-counter sales and supply, with the exception of plastic plates, bowls and trays when used as packaging
- items from new and existing stock
- all types of single-use plastic, including biodegradable, compostable and recycled
- items wholly or partly made from plastic, including coating or lining
‘Single use’ means the item is meant to be used only once for its original purpose.
List of banned items / exemptions:
Domestic energy-saving products
Guidance for businesses on domestic energy saving:
Energy efficiency of domestic / non-domestic rented property
Information on the energy efficiency of domestic / non-domestic rented property:
Energy-efficiency labelling for certain electrical products
Information on energy-efficiency labelling for certain electrical products:
Energy Performance Certificates, Display Energy Certificates and the Green Deal
Information on Energy Performance Certificates, Display Energy Certificates and the Green Deal:
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