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How to recognize rainforest protection

Photo collage:
Overview of consumer labels ("eco labels") from which sustainable use of tropical wood can be inferred.

The photo collage shows some products with eco labels:
· Toilet paper and a paper notebook with the Blue Angel (Germany-specific label)
· A package of tea with the fair trade label
· An ax with a wooden handle and the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) label
The latter two eco labels are used internationally.

Information and ideas:
The students can learn more about the individual labels on the Web. For which products are they granted and what are the criteria for granting them?
The students can learn about other labels, such as PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification), FFCS (Finnish Forest Certification System), and "Rainforest Alliance certified/verified."
In addition, the students can list the pros and cons of eco labels: Can such certification really save tropical rainforests?