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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.

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.

Find out more information about environmental claims on Business Companion.

Single-use plastics

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.

More Information:

Single-use plastics guide - Business Companion

Single-use plastics ban resources and toolkit – British Independent Retailers Association 

List of banned items / exemptions:

List of banned items and details of exemptions - GOV.UK

Domestic energy-saving products

Guidance for businesses on domestic energy saving:

Domestic energy saving guidance on legislation and best practice regarding renewable energy, green heating and energy saving in domestic premises – Business Companion    

Renewable energy | Business Companion

Energy efficiency of domestic / non-domestic rented property

Information on the energy efficiency of domestic / non-domestic rented property:

Energy efficiency of rented property: domestic | Business Companion

Energy efficiency of rented property: non-domestic | Business Companion

Energy-efficiency labelling for certain electrical products

Information on energy-efficiency labelling for certain electrical products:

Energy rating information | Business Companion

Energy Performance Certificates, Display Energy Certificates and the Green Deal

Information on Energy Performance Certificates, Display Energy Certificates and the Green Deal:

Energy Performance Certificates | Business Companion

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