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Maciamo
18-09-20, 14:29
Cleaning products, detergents, liquid soaps, shampoos, sunscreens and cosmetics can all potentially contain chemicals harmful to health or for the environment (especially to aquatic life, where these products usually end up). But their ecological impact can be even greater at the source, in the way ingredients are grown or extracted.

Palm oil is a major component of most cleaning products, detergents, body soaps, shampoos and toothpastes. You will find it in the ingredients under the names sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearic acid, glyceryl or octyl palmitate, just to name a few (there are over 100 chemicals derived from palm trees). Most often even these names are hidden behind the more generic 'anionic surfactants' (see below). Palm plantations are one of the biggest drivers of tropical rainforest deforestation, especially in Indonesia and Malaysia, which produce over 80% of the world's palm oil. If you don't want to sponsor deforestation and the loss of biodiversity and extinction of species linked to it, it is essential to choose either products that do not contain palm oil or companies that source their palm oil responsibly in sustainable plantations.

Plastic pollution is another global concern. It is our responsibility as consumers to recycle plastic containers. But manufacturers can also do their part by using recycled plastic for their bottles in the first place, which limit even more plastic consumption.

Finally, all manufacturing has a carbon footprint. Some companies are doing more than others to limit their impact, be it by using 100% renewable energy or planting trees to offset their emissions. A few have even managed to become carbon neutral.

Read the article is here: Choosing healthy and eco-friendly personal care and home care products (https://www.eupedia.com/ecology/healthy_and_eco-friendly_personal_care_home_cleaning_products.shtm l)

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Maciamo
28-09-20, 16:46
I have expanded the article and added a comparison table of the main ecological brands. It turns out that Attitude does not use sustainable palm oil (at least nothing is mentioned on the website) and Seventh Generation has a lot of products containing chemicals that are toxic to aquatic life.



Brand
Organic
Recycled
bottles
Palm oil-free
No toxic chemicals
100% Renewable Energy
Others
SCORE


Attitude (https://attitudeliving.com/)
no
no, but carbon neutral
no
yes
no
Reforestation programme
B


Avril (https://www.avril-organic.com/)
yes, 10%+
some
no, but RSPO
1 case
yes
Waste reduction, Ecocert (https://www.ecocert.com/)
A


Bentley Organic (https://bentleyorganic.com/)
yes
no
no, but sustainable
yes
no

A-


Bio-D (https://biod.co.uk/)
some
yes
no, but RSPO
1 case
no

A


Cattier (https://www.cattier-paris.com/)
yes, 10%+
no
no, but organic
some
partly
Waste reduction, Ecocert (https://www.ecocert.com/)
B+


Caudalie (https://www.caudalie.com/)
some
yes
no, but RSPO
yes
no
Reforestation programme, 1% for the Planet (https://www.onepercentfortheplanet.org/)
A+


Conscious Skincare (https://www.conscious-skincare.com/)
yes
yes
yes
yes
no

A


Coslys (https://www.coslys.fr/)
yes
yes
yes
yes
partly
Waste reduction, Ecocert (https://www.ecocert.com/)
A+


Dr Bronner (https://www.drbronner.com/)
yes, 90%+
mostly
no, but organic
yes
yes
Zero Waste, USDA Organic (https://www.usda.gov/topics/organic), B Corp (https://bcorporation.uk/)
A+


Dr Organic (https://drorganic.co.uk/)
yes, 70%+
no
yes
yes
no

A


ECOS (https://www.ecos.com/)
some
no
no
5 cases
yes
Carbon & water neutral
B


Ecover (https://www.ecover.com/)
no
yes
no, but RSPO
yes
yes
Zero Waste factory, B Corp (https://bcorporation.uk/)
A


Ecozone/Yonder (https://ecozone.com/)
some
yes
some
6 cases
no

B


Etamine du Lys (https://www.etaminedulys.fr/)
minor
partly
no, but RSPO
yes
partly
Ecocert (https://www.ecocert.com/)
A+


Faith In Nature (https://www.faithinnature.co.uk/)
some
yes
no
yes
no

B


Frosch (https://frosch.de/en/)
some
yes
yes
4 cases
?
Active climate protection, EU Ecolabel (https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/), EMAS certified (https://ec.europa.eu/environment/emas/index_en.htm)
A-


Green People (https://www.greenpeople.co.uk/)
yes, 90%+
no, but carbon neutral
no, but organic
yes
yes
Climate positive & waste reduction
A+


Greenscent (https://greenscents.co.uk/)
yes, 70%+
refill
yes
yes
no
Soil Association (https://www.soilassociation.org/)
A


Kneipp (https://www.kneipp.com/)
some
mostly glass
no, but sustainable
3 cases
partly
Reforestation programme, waste reduction
B+


L'Arbre Vert (https://www.arbrevert.fr/)
no
no
no, but RSPO
1 case
no
Reforestation programme, EU Ecolabel (https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/)
A-


Love Beauty and Planet (https://www.lovebeautyandplanet.com/)
minor
yes
no, but sustainable
3 cases
yes
Carbon Tax Fund
A-


Neal's Yard (https://www.nealsyardremedies.com/)
yes, 90%+
mostly
yes
yes
yes
Carbon Neutral, Net Positive, Charitable Donations
A+


Odylique (https://odylique.co.uk/)
yes, 95%+
yes
yes
yes
no
Charitable Donations
A+


Provilan (https://provilan.com/)
no
yes
no
yes
no
Blue Angel (https://www.blauer-engel.de/en)
B


SANTE Naturkosmetik (https://www.sante.de/en/)
yes
yes
minimal and RSPO
yes
yes
charitable donations
A+


Seventh Generation (https://www.seventhgeneration.com/)
some
yes
no, but RSPO
7 cases
yes
Climate Activism, EU Ecolabel (https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/), B Corp (https://bcorporation.uk/)
B+


Sodasan (https://en.sodasan.com/)
some
some
no, but RSPO
yes
yes
Carbon neutral (reforestation), Fairtrade
A+


Sonett (https://www.sonett.eu/)
yes
partly
no, but organic
yes
yes

A+


Suma (Alter/native & Ecoleaf) (https://www.suma.coop/)
some
yes
no, but RSPO
3 cases
no

A-


Urtekram (https://www.urtekram.com/)
yes
no
no
yes
no

B


Weleda (https://www.weleda.com/international)
yes, 78%
some
no, but RSPO
yes
50%
Ethical BioTrade (https://www.ethicalbiotrade.org/)
A+

Maciamo
29-09-20, 17:43
Best value products of A-rated brands by category (top 3)

Here are best prices available in Western Europe. Products with toxic ingredients were excluded.


Cheapest hand soap
Price
Rating


Frosch 500ml refill bag
3.6€/l on Amazon.de (https://smile.amazon.de/-/en/gp/product/B07R47WPMN/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A3JWKAKR8XB7XF&psc=1)
A-


Bio-D 5L recharge
3.96£ (4.3€)/l on BigGreenSmile (https://www.biggreensmile.com/products/bio-d-sanitising-hand-wash-rosemary-thyme-5l/bdhandrose5l.aspx?productid=bdhandrose5l)
A


Coslys 5L recharge
6.26€/l on their website (https://www.coslys.fr/boutique/corps/84-gel-lavant-mains-lavande-citron.html#/3-conditionnement-5l)
A+






Cheapest body soap
Price
Rating


L'Arbre Vert 6x 250ml
7.8€/l on Amazon.fr (https://www.amazon.fr/Larbre-Bien-%C3%AAtre-Douche-Extraits-dArgan/dp/B01MT68ZKH/ref=sr_1_4?__mk_fr_FR=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3 %91&crid=MBOY94J05D7K&dchild=1&keywords=l%27arbre+vert+gel+douche&qid=1601394516&sprefix=L%27Arbre+Vert+gel+do%2Caps%2C188&sr=8-4)
A-


SANTE 950ml pump
8.28€/l with Subscribe & Save on Amazon.de (https://smile.amazon.de/-/en/Natural-Cosmetics-Shower-Organic-Pineapple/dp/B0052E5P90/ref=sr_1_5?crid=3AZN7OK3FVENL&dchild=1&keywords=sante+duschgel&qid=1601394452&sprefix=sante+body%2Caps%2C174&sr=8-5)
A+


Coslys 5L recharge
9.92€/l on their website (https://www.coslys.fr/boutique/corps/92-gel-douche-protecteur-olive.html#/3-conditionnement-5l)
A+






Cheapest shampoo
Price
Rating


Coslys 5L recharge
8.82€/l on their website (https://www.amazon.fr/Larbre-Shampooing-Nutrition-Cheveux-Ab%C3%AEm%C3%A9s/dp/B082VVRPKS/)
A+


L'Arbre Vert 250ml
9.2€/l on Amazon.fr (https://www.amazon.fr/Larbre-Shampooing-Nutrition-Cheveux-Ab%C3%AEm%C3%A9s/dp/B082VVRPKS/)
A-


SANTE 950ml pump
10.3€/l with Subscribe & Save on Amazon.de (https://smile.amazon.de/-/en/Naturkosmetik-Family-shampoo-organic-orange/dp/B0052F9HRK/)
A+






Cheapest washing-up liquid
Price
Rating


Bio-D 5L recharge
2.09£/l (2.29€) on BigGreenSmile (https://www.biggreensmile.com/products/bio-d-concentrated-washing-up-liquid-5l/bdwl5.aspx?productid=bdwl5)
A


L'Arbre Vert 750ml
2.4€/l on Amazon.fr (https://www.amazon.fr/Larbre-vert-28007-Liquide-Vaisselle/dp/B01BHMVOJU/)
A-


Ecover 950ml
2.58€/l on Amazon.de (https://smile.amazon.de/-/en/Ecover-dishwashing-liquid-dermatologically-tested/dp/B0799GNKR1/)
A



Cheapest dishwasher tabs: 0.17€/piece for Ecover, Frosch and L'Arbre Vert.




Cheapest laundry detergent
Price
Rating


Sonett 20L recharge
2.98€/l on Amazon.de (https://smile.amazon.de/-/en/Lavender-Detergent-Colourful-Laundry-Organic/dp/B01EAGLXEQ/)
A+


L'Arbre Vert 1.5l refill bag
3.59€/l on Amazon.fr (https://www.amazon.fr/LARBRE-VERT-certifi%C3%A9e-%C3%A9colologique-Hypoallerg%C3%A9nique/dp/B07TV9X7YS/)
A-


Etamine du Lys 5L recharge
5.4€/l on their website (https://www.etaminedulys.fr/boutique/entretien-du-linge/74-lessive-liquide-fleur-de-cerisier-jasmin.html#/2-conditionnement-5l)
A+






Cheapest kitchen/grease cleaner
Price
Rating


L'Arbre Vert 740ml
3.04€/l on Amazon.fr (https://www.amazon.fr/LArbre-Vert-Cuisine-D%C3%A9graissant-al%C3%A9atoire/dp/B082VVMYHT/)
A-


Frosch 750ml
4.73€/l on Naturitas.be (https://www.naturitas.be/p/maison-et-jardin/pour-la-maison-et-la-cuisine/detergents-pour-la-vaisselle/degraissant-pamplemousse-eco-750-ml-frosch?gclid=Cj0KCQjwtsv7BRCmARIsANu-CQcugaum7nhq3OGYR8CZikLCgFYe6jq7Xaa7nGveQ_dWAiq6l2 Ke5NQaAudCEALw_wcB)
A-


Sonett 1l
7.2£/l (7.9€) on BigGreenSmile (https://www.biggreensmile.com/products/sonett-orange-power-cleaner/soneorange500ml.aspx?productid=soneorange500ml)
A+






Cheapest glass & windows cleaner
Price
Rating


Bio-D 5L
3.2£/l (3.5€) on BigGreenSmile (https://www.biggreensmile.com/products/bio-d-glass-mirror-cleaner-refill-5l/bdgm5l.aspx?productid=bdgm5l)
A


Sonett 1l
6.1€ on Amazon.de (https://smile.amazon.de/-/en/Sonett-ecological-consistently-Cleaner-Litres/dp/B0072H72K0/)
A+


Ecover 500ml
5.7£/l (6.2€) on BigGreenSmile (https://www.biggreensmile.com/products/ecover-window-cleaner/ewindow.aspx?productid=ewindow)
A






Cheapest toilet cleaner
Price
Rating


Frosch 750ml
2.44€ on Kazidomi (https://www.kazidomi.com/fr/maison/6959-ecological-nettoyant-wc-vinaigre-framboise-ecolabel-750ml.html) (member price)
A-


Bio-D 5L
2.32£/l (2.54€) on BigGreenSmile (https://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/products/bio-d/bio-d-concentrated-toilet-cleaner---5l/)
A


Ecover 750ml
2.83€/l on Amazon.de (https://smile.amazon.de/-/en/Ecover-Toilet-Cleaner-4002349-Atlantic/dp/B00CRWVWQU/)
A

Maciamo
30-09-20, 11:17
I have spent several days looking up every ingredient of almost every product from the ecological brands above to verify whether they really did not use any toxic chemicals. You can see the results here (https://www.eupedia.com/ecology/healthy_and_eco-friendly_personal_care_home_cleaning_products.shtm l#toxic_chemicals).