EPEAT, one of the multitude of green electronics certification standards used by manufacturers and consumers to identify products which meet eco-focused requirements such as energy efficiency, got a big boost in presence recently via integration into huge online retailer Amazon.com. One can now use EPEAT as a search criteria in finding items.
The EPEAT rating system, according to a press release, is now tagged on over 800 items in the Amazon.com shopping database. This system rates across 51 environmental criteria, including elimination of toxic materials and design for recycling, and gives products one of three levels of rating depending upon how many criteria they meet. These levels – EPEAT Gold, Silver or Bronze – can individually be selected now as criteria to choose from when hunting for greener products.
“This is an exciting step forward in providing consumers with credible information about the environmental performance of electronic products,” said Jeff Omelchuck, EPEAT’s Executive Director, in a statement. “As a third party rating based on a uniform standard, EPEAT allows consumers to compare different products’ environmental attributes without relying on manufacturer claims alone.”