Environmental Impact Labeling and Certification of Consumer Products in Recreation and Tourism
Date of Award
Undergraduate Capstone Project
Master of Applied Science
University College, Environmental Policy and Management
Environmental Policy & Mgmt
Consumptive use, Ecotourism, Environmental certification, Leave no trace outdoor ethics, Non-consumptive use, Recreation, Recreation products, Sustainability, Tourism
Environmentally sustainable ecotourism implies non-consumptive resource use. However, human use of natural systems almost always has an impact. Some of this impact is related to the use of recreation and tourism products. Unfortunately, the ecotourism industry generally has not been proactive in promoting wise use of these products. For this capstone project, I evaluated labeling and certification of selected ecotourism products, reviewed published information about them, and interviewed industry professionals about their use. Only 14 of the 20 products evaluated displayed consumer labeling and of those, only two promoted environmentally sustainable use. This suggests that most ecotourism product labels are inadequate. Better product labeling and certification of vendors can help the ecotourism industry reduce its environmental impact.
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Goetz, Gregory, "Environmental Impact Labeling and Certification of Consumer Products in Recreation and Tourism" (2009). University College: Environmental Policy and Management Capstones. 34.