We've always been frustrated that it's so hard to evaluate a product like shampoo or laundry detergent. That's getting easier thanks to a new website called GoodGuide. Here's what we learned about the products on our shower shelf...
- Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps 18-in-1 Hemp Pure-Castile Liquid Soap, Peppermint gets an overall rating of 9 out of 10.
- Sunsilk Anti-Flat conditioner gets only a 5—but there's no data available for social or environmental performance.
- Method Shower Spray gets a good rating of 6.3.
We like how the products are individually rated in terms of performance in separate categories (health, environmental, and social.) What we're hoping is that websites such as GoodGuide will create a demand for more disclosure in consumer products. As we found when we looked up Tide with Bleach detergent:
Unfortunately, very few companies currently disclose their full ingredient lists, opting instead to only inform their customers of one or two "active" ingredients in their products. This gap in public disclosure makes it extremely difficult to evaluate the full health and environmental impacts of household chemicals. GoodGuide is working to promote fuller disclosure of ingredients so that the public can know the real impacts of household products they use.
How do your favorite products fare under GoodGuide's rating system?