These days, there's a lot of approbation labels for a lot of different products:
and a lot more for a lot more different products.
I've been observing that "the average consumer" is greatly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of such labels. The focus of these labels seems to have been on making people more aware of the socio-economic, ethical and ecological impact of their products, in which many have (partially) succeeded.
However, in my opinion, what is really lacking in the other effort of having "the average consumer" make better decisions, is a sort of over-arching label that summarizes the ecological footprint, ethics, socio-economical impact, etc. of any kind of product. A sort of star-rating system that is universally applied to all products and is not limited by artificial things that are irrelevant for many modern products, like country borders, company specifics, economic differences between countries, product niches, etc.
However impossible it may sound to make such a system with any degree of accuracy, I still think it would be a great push towards reducing the amount of "worst" products while increasing the "best", on a global scale. To me it is almost axiomatic that consumers shouldn't have to consider all such factors when purchasing even a simple product. No system that demands that from their consumers will ever really be effective on a global scale.
I think, to be most effective on the largest of scales, consumers just need to take a quick look at some 10-star rating to know whether to buy the product or buy the one next to it that costs the same but has 2 stars more.
My question: what would it take to make such a label, and get it recognized by the right organizations/instances/governments/... to get it on every product everywhere? Where to even get started?
Or, just to start on a slightly smaller scale, what did it take to start the labels mentioned above? How does one create such a thing where none exists?