Friday October 12, 2012
MyHijau Logo soon to highlight environs-friendly goods and services
KUALA LUMPUR: Consumers and shoppers can soon spot an environmentally-friendly product with a newly-launched logo called the MyHijau Logo.
Soon to be a staple on eco-friendly products like what the “Made-in-Malaysia” logo has done for local goods, the label will streamline all the other labelling practices in the country under a single programme.
“The criteria is simple to get the label. As long as the goods or services are produced without releasing greenhouse gases and passes environmental criteria, they can get the label,” said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin.
Speaking to The Star after the launch of the 3rd International GreenTech and Eco Products Exhibition and Conference (IGEM 2012) here yesterday, he said the logo is to add value to products and to boost consumers' confidence.
Chin also said the Government was taking the leap to ensure it only procures environmentally-friendly products.
“It is only when such products are not available that we will buy other types,” he said, adding that the effort would be jointly carried out by the International Trade and Industry, Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, and Finance ministries.
The label will be regulated by the Malaysian Green Technology Cooperation and will be in tandem with standards organisation SIRIM Berhad.
“We are not usurping any other logos nor are we adding bureaucracy to manufacturers. But we know that people are starting to be conscious about the environment when they buy things,” said Chin.
This year's IGEM will showcase eight sectors, including building, eco-products and services, energy, green financing, ICT, manufacturing, transportation and water and waste management, all involving 110 booths by 50 local and international players.