What green products are the best for the environment?
Have you ever seen a product and questioned how much it helps the environment, society or effects the health of others? A new site called GoodGuide has just emerged. This site helps to build a comprehensive source of information on the environmental, social, and health performance of products and companies. This website is in beta testing, however, in the future, GoodGuide will have tools to let consumers screen this data through their own personal preferences, allowing them to “filter” and search for products and companies that match their specific values.
The ratings on GoodGuide are based off of the following data:
1) Health Performance: The impact on the company’s operations on its workers and local communities
2) Environmental Performance: The life-cycle impact of products
3) Social Performance: Social impacts the company has on employees, consumers, communities and even animals.
The ratings are on a scale of 0 to 10 (0 being the worst, 10 being the best). Some products claim that they are the best product for the environment, but are they really? With all the green washing going on these days it is pretty hard to believe all that is advertised to you. With this being said, based off of GoodGuide’s rating I will provide you with the Not Good, Average, Good, Better, Best, in other words the top 5.
In 5th place, Not Good: Lysol Disinfectant Spray Plus Fabric Refresher Rating of 5.3
In 4th place, Average: Sam’s Choice Power Clean Formula Detergent Rating 5.9
In 3rd place, Good: Vel Rosita Liquid Detergent Rating of 6.4
In 2nd place, Better: All Ultra Laundry Detergent, Stainlifter Plus Rating 8.1
In 1st place, Best: ECOS Ultra Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent Rating 8.8
Well you get the idea. Anyways, next time you are making a purchase and you want to know just how socially aware the company is who is manufacturing the product, whip out your blackberry and go to GoodGuide.com. Let me know if any of you have used this site. I went to go buy toothpaste today and I found that Pepsodent Toothpastewas the cheapest and rated very high.