Forever on the Info Hunt
Have you ever wondered what exactly is in the baby products (or any products for that matter) that you use on a daily (or not so daily) basis? It seems the ingredients and other compounds are not easily found on the packaging and so, most of the time, no one bothers to do the research. We just assume that what the advertisers and marketing pros are peddling is safe for us and our families. And if anyone knows me, I have a deep need to know what I am using and what went into the production of any product I use. This need to know has never been as great as when I had my baby and found myself in need of shampoos, ointments, and baby wipes. So, I often found myself doing extensive research that sometimes took up hours of my time. Well no more!
Finally a Solution for the Smart Consumer – GoodGuide
After some extensive research and an overwhelming amount of informational I stumbled upon an amazing site that basically does all the work for me. They score different types of products from high to low which will come in handy for all your personal and household needs. The higher the grade the better it is for you, the earth, and our society! And it’s not just a score either, keep reading…
I am so very excited to share with you this amazing site that will help you access the products that you use in your home, put in your bodies, and have as a part of your daily lives. I introduce you to the GoodGuide which allows you to find safe, healthy, green, & ethical products based on scientific ratings. With over 200,000 products on their site, theycan help you find what you’re looking for. The categories are:
- Personal care
- Pet food
The Details That will Blow Your Mind and Open up Your Eyes!
The best thing about this site is that they will let you know what makes up a product and include links to explain all the components within. The second impressive thing about it is that with one click you’ll know the products effects on your health, environment, and society… From the general score to the details, here is the breakdown (it’s much more in depth than this):
- Product Management – This component of GoodGuide’s rating system evaluates whether a company or its products are managed for sustainability. Third-party certifications that verify the health or environmental performance of a company or product increase scores.
- Human Health Impacts – This component of GoodGuide’s rating system evaluates the potential impacts of a product on human health. It incorporates a screening-level hazard assessment or nutritional evaluation, as well as other relevant indicators, like the regulatory status of ingredients. If ingredients pose potential health risks or have limited nutritional value, a product’s score is lowered. If a product lacks the data needed to conduct a health evaluation, its score is also lowered to provide an incentive for manufacturers to disclose better information.
Environment – Summary evaluation of a company’s overall environmental performance, considering its management policies and practices; resource use; environmental impacts; and degree of environmental transparency.
Core Company Environmental PerformanceSummary evaluation of a company’s overall environmental performance, considering its management policies and practices; resource use; environmental impacts; and degree of environmental transparency.
Environmental ManagementEvaluation of a company’s environmental management, considering how it is governed and whether it exhibits any leading edge practices or is involved in any controversies or compliance issues.
Resource UseSummary evaluation of a company’s policies and practices related to resouce use, considering energy, water and materials.
- Environmental Impacts
Summary evaluation of a company’s environmental impacts, considering its policies and practices relating to air and water emissions, waste management and biodiversity.
Society – Summary evaluation of a company’s overall social performance, considering its management policies and practices; impacts on workers, consumers and communities; and degree of social transparency.
TransparencySummary evaluation of the amount of data a company makes public for assessing its social practices and performance.
ConsumersSummary evaluation of a company’s performance relating to consumers, considering its management policies and practices; health & safety record; and product marketing and labeling practices.
CommunitySummary evaluation of a company’s performance relating to communities, considering its management policies and practices; community relationships; stakeholder engagement activities; and public policy positions.
WorkersSummary evaluation of a company’s performance relating to workers, considering its management policies and practices; diversity & equal opportunity record; and human rights issues.
ManagementEvaluation of a company’s social management, considering how it is governed and whether it exhibits any leading edge practices or is involved in any controversies or compliance issues
But Wait, There’s More…
They will also show you comparable products to the one you are doing your research on as well as ingredients, nutritional values, and just about everything about the brand like parent companies, links and certifications (if any).
There are links to definitions of each and every ingredient that you might find so that you can learn about everything that goes into the product without ever having to leave the site. Convenient, huh? There are even links to take you to make a purchase of whatever it is that you’re researching.
Fun products to look up that will make you say Ah-ha!
I, simply, cannot say enough about this amazing, data rich website and am grateful for the creators. And so should you! Now you have no reason to ‘not know’ and be oblivious. You can even search by brand, ingredient, or categories!