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EPA’s Sustainable Marketplace aims at helping you choose safer, more environmentally-friendly, and often less costly products & services. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
EWG’s Skin Deep is an online safety guide for cosmetics and personal care products, launched in 2004 to help people find safer products, with fewer ingredients that are hazardous or that haven’t been thoroughly tested. EWG also has similar guides for Household Cleaners, Food, and other products (Environmental Working Group)
Good Stuff is a ‘Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Things We Buy’ with tips and facts you can use to start making more informed purchases that benefit your health and the environment. NOTE: Published in 2004, so some material may be outdated. (Worldwatch Institute, an independent research organization)
Green America’s Responsible Shopper helps you ‘go green’ when buying a wide range of products & services. Green America also offers the Green Pages, a searchable directory of Green Products & Services, and recommends 11 Greener Options Than Amazon [NEW!]. (non-profit membership organization)
Mind the Store rates 30 major U.S. retailers on what they’re doing about toxic chemicals in everyday products.
Sins of Greenwashing teaches you how to spot false or misleading environmental claims on product labels and in advertisements (TerraChoice Group Inc., part of the Underwriters Laboratories). The Federal Trade Commission explains standards for Green Advertising Claims which are enforced by the FTC, and has additional useful information on Green Products.
ELECTRONICS: EPEAT® [UPDATED LINK!] is a searchable database of greener electronics. “EPEAT®-registered products meet strict environmental criteria that address the full product lifecycle, from energy conservation and toxic materials to product longevity and end-of-life management. EPEAT-registered products offer a reduced environmental impact across their lifecycles.” (Green Electronics Council). See our E-Cycling links for information on recycling electronics.
FOOD: To find Places where you can buy or eat locally-grown food, use the Eat Well Guide website. To find farmers’ markets, see the National Farmers Market Directory. See the Seasonal Food Guide [NEW!] to find out what’s in season in your state at different times of the year (GRACE Communications Foundation). See also Jersey Fresh and Jersey Grown (State of New Jersey). What is Organic? and Organic Labeling explain the production and labeling standards for certified organic products (USDA). How to decipher egg carton labels [NEW!] explains truth behind what “cage-free,” “free-range” and other common terms mean (and don’t mean) for animal welfare (Humane Society of the United States). See 5 Tips for Buying Better Beef [NEW!] for information on meat labels (Natural Resources Defense Council). To find information about sustainable fish & seafood, see Seafood Watch (Monterey Bay Aquarium) or EDF Seafood Selector (Environmental Defense Fund). For in-depth information on food labels, see Consumer Reports’ Greener Choices. See also Eco-Labels & Humane Labels on Food & Other Products (Organic Consumers Association).
GIFTS: So Kind Alternative Gift Registry makes it easier to give and receive non-material, homemade, second-hand, and environmentally-friendly gifts. The More Fun Less Stuff Gift Catalog [NOTE: You must provide a name & email address to download the catalog] offers hundreds of fun, low-cost, and non-material gift ideas. (Center for a New American Dream)
LIGHTING: Shopping for Light Bulbs explains the different types of light bulbs now available, and how you can choose the most efficient bulbs that meet your lighting needs. For more recent information, see Lighting Made Easy [NEW!] and Light Bulb Buying Guide [NEW!] (US EPA).
Links updated April 2019.