The carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are directly or indirectly released into the atmosphere by a product when it is made or used.
- Ex: The company invests in renewable energy
- The company is Climate Neutral Certified
- The product uses materials with low carbon intensity
The amount of water that is used to make and use a product, and the vulnerability of the watershed that the water is pulled from. This accounts for water scarcity in the area, whether the product contributes to that risk and/or pollutes the local water supply.
- Ex:The product uses fewer water-intensive crops
- The product is manufactured in a less water-stressed area
- The product is UL Water Footprint Certified
Human well-being footprint
The level of toxicity of a product, including if it is detrimental to you and your family's health and/or to the workers who make it. This also accounts for the treatment of workers along the supply chain and their working conditions.
- Ex: The product uses Fair Trade Certified materials
- The company is B Corp Certified
- The product is free from PFAS, SLS, and sulfates
The impact a product has on biodiversity, including the extent to which it harms or benefits local ecosystems and the natural habitats that plants and animals rely on.
- Ex:The product is Sustainable Forestry Initiative Certified
- The product uses less eco-toxic chemicals
- The product is PETA or Leaping Bunny Cruelty-Free Certified
The waste created by a product and its packaging, which is the result of how it is manufactured, how long a product lasts and how likely it is to be reused, recycled, or landfilled. This also accounts for whether that waste is hazardous.
- Ex: The product's packaging is made of recyclable materials
- The company has a take-back program
- The product is Cradle-to-Cradle Certified
Raw materials footprint
The materials that are used to make a product, which accounts for how rare they are, whether they are renewable, how difficult they are to source, and how environmentally damaging it is to collect them.
- Ex: The product does not contain rare metals
- The product is Bluesign Certified
- The company sources materials without harming other parts of the environment
The functionality, quality, and practicality of a product based on aggregated, anonymized reviews scraped from Amazon. What's the point of a product that's better for the planet if it doesn't work well?
- The product has 5-star Amazon reviews
- The product is more affordable than competitors
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