I noticed that many questions that are tagged are in fact questions about the ecological or environmental impact of a product. I think the problem is that the terms 'impact' and 'footprint' are rather similar. However, the concept of ecological footprint is different from environmental impact.

Ecological footprint is a specific measure; it's the area of Earth needed to sustain a particular lifestyle. Environmental impact is more broad and includes all impacts, positive and negative, of a product, policy or service on the environment.

Since we didn't have an tag yet, I've created it. I also improved the excerpt of the ecological footprint tag to make the difference more clear. I already retagged a few questions, but in order not to flood the homepage with retagged questions, I will continue doing so with only a few questions each day over the next week.


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