Green Cleaning Products: Get the Facts for Earth Day

Almost 3 out of 4 Americans believe that the law requires ingredient disclosure on the labels of cleaning products–but this isn’t true. Click through to find out what cleaning products are truly Green, just in time for Earth Day and spring cleaning.

The Eco-Scale Rating

Whole Foods Market creating its own system for qualifying a cleaning product as “green”. This system, called the Eco-Scale rating, requires manufacturers to list every ingredient on their products’ labels. However, the system only takes ingredients into account, not packaging.

Other Eco-Rating Programs

Green Good Housekeeping Seal : Tests for product’s performance and evaluates its eco footprint, including ingredients, packaging and water/energy use in manufacturing.

Design For the Environment (Environmental Protection Agency): Screens each ingredient to ensure they pose the least health/environmental concern among chemicals in their class.

Crade to Cradle: (non-profit Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute) Evaluates a product’s materials for safety and its manufacturing for use of renewable energy, water conservation and social responsibility.

Green Seal: (non-profit Green Seal) Tests products for performance and evaluates the health/environmental benefits of their ingredients, packaging and manufacturing.

BioPreferred (Department of Agriculture): Designates products made with renewable agricultural and forestry materials such as plants and feedstocks.

What Eco Rating Can I Trust?

The variety of different rating systems makes it difficult to choose a truly green product at a glance. Listing the ingredients is the most important step to determining if a product is truly “green”. If one of the ingredients in a cleaning product is questionable, simply find an alternative.