It is very difficult to find quality products when most companies use words such as “natural” or “safe” or “green,” to describe items that can be very harmful to the health.
However, we finally have some independent organizations which have set high safety standards in order to motivate the manufacturers to eliminate the use of toxic chemicals in their products.
We will present you a list of five trustworthy labels in this article. Every company that meets the high standards of these organizations has earned the right to mark its products as safe for use.
MADESAFE conducts analysis to find out whether the products contain endocrine disruptors, BPA, phthalates, developmental toxins, heavy metals, fire retardants, pesticides, herbicides, toxic solvents, harmful volatile organic compounds, and GMOs. This organization tests cosmetics, home goods, personal care items, and condoms. Once a product has passed MADESAFE safety standards, it goes through a lab testing process to ensure that it is 100% non-toxic.
2. GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals
GreenScreen uses a method that can identify every chemical which may be harmful to the human health and pollute the environment. The method which GreenScreen uses to rank chemicals is based on more than 40 hazard lists developed by many national and international scientific organizations as well as non-profit research centers. GreenScreen is used by software manufacturers, electronics manufacturers and textile and apparel companies such as Nike.
This non-profit organization has a certification process which can ensure that every product meets health and environmental criteria. GreenSeal analyzes household cleaners, carpet cleaners, construction materials, paints and coatings, printing and writing paper, hand soaps and cleaners. There are also some hotels and restaurants that are certified by Green Seal. Some of the cleaning products certified by GreenSeal include Green4Kleen, Natures Solution, Sustainable Earth by Staples Glass Cleaner and Rhino Pet Stain and Odor Remover.
4. EWG Verified
Environmental Working Group (EWG) is the first organization that started to raise awareness about the toxic ingredients in personal care products. Companies such as Beauty Counter cosmetics, MyChelle Dermaceuticals, Rejuva Minerals and Jouve serum have EWG VERIFIED™ mark on their products.
5. Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics doesn’t have a label. This organization has a large database of the contaminants you need to avoid when buying products such as lipstick, hair dye, fragrance, sunscreen, skin lighteners, moisturizer and nail polish.