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    Post Evaluation of eco-friendly brands of soap, shampoo, cosmetics, and home care products

    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

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    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 no no, but carbon neutral no yes no Reforestation programme B
    Avril yes, 10%+ some no, but RSPO 1 case yes Waste reduction, Ecocert A
    Bentley Organic yes no no, but sustainable yes no A-
    Bio-D some yes no, but RSPO 1 case no A
    Cattier yes, 10%+ no no, but organic some partly Waste reduction, Ecocert B+
    Caudalie some yes no, but RSPO yes no Reforestation programme, 1% for the Planet A+
    Conscious Skincare yes yes yes yes no A
    Coslys yes yes yes yes partly Waste reduction, Ecocert A+
    Dr Bronner yes, 90%+ mostly no, but organic yes yes Zero Waste, USDA Organic, B Corp A+
    Dr Organic yes, 70%+ no yes yes no A
    ECOS some no no 5 cases yes Carbon & water neutral B
    Ecover no yes no, but RSPO yes yes Zero Waste factory, B Corp A
    Ecozone/Yonder some yes some 6 cases no B
    Etamine du Lys minor partly no, but RSPO yes partly Ecocert A+
    Faith In Nature some yes no yes no B
    Frosch some yes yes 4 cases ? Active climate protection, EU Ecolabel, EMAS certified A-
    Green People yes, 90%+ no, but carbon neutral no, but organic yes yes Climate positive & waste reduction A+
    Greenscent yes, 70%+ refill yes yes no Soil Association A
    Kneipp some mostly glass no, but sustainable 3 cases partly Reforestation programme, waste reduction B+
    L'Arbre Vert no no no, but RSPO 1 case no Reforestation programme, EU Ecolabel A-
    Love Beauty and Planet minor yes no, but sustainable 3 cases yes Carbon Tax Fund A-
    Neal's Yard yes, 90%+ mostly yes yes yes Carbon Neutral, Net Positive, Charitable Donations A+
    Odylique yes, 95%+ yes yes yes no Charitable Donations A+
    Provilan no yes no yes no Blue Angel B
    SANTE Naturkosmetik yes yes minimal and RSPO yes yes charitable donations A+
    Seventh Generation some yes no, but RSPO 7 cases yes Climate Activism, EU Ecolabel, B Corp B+
    Sodasan some some no, but RSPO yes yes Carbon neutral (reforestation), Fairtrade A+
    Sonett yes partly no, but organic yes yes A+
    Suma (Alter/native & Ecoleaf) some yes no, but RSPO 3 cases no A-
    Urtekram yes no no yes no B
    Weleda yes, 78% some no, but RSPO yes 50% Ethical BioTrade A+
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    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 A-
    Bio-D 5L recharge 3.96£ (4.3€)/l on BigGreenSmile A
    Coslys 5L recharge 6.26€/l on their website A+


    Cheapest body soap Price Rating
    L'Arbre Vert 6x 250ml 7.8€/l on Amazon.fr A-
    SANTE 950ml pump 8.28€/l with Subscribe & Save on Amazon.de A+
    Coslys 5L recharge 9.92€/l on their website A+


    Cheapest shampoo Price Rating
    Coslys 5L recharge 8.82€/l on their website A+
    L'Arbre Vert 250ml 9.2€/l on Amazon.fr A-
    SANTE 950ml pump 10.3€/l with Subscribe & Save on Amazon.de A+


    Cheapest washing-up liquid Price Rating
    Bio-D 5L recharge 2.09£/l (2.29€) on BigGreenSmile A
    L'Arbre Vert 750ml 2.4€/l on Amazon.fr A-
    Ecover 950ml 2.58€/l on Amazon.de 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 A+
    L'Arbre Vert 1.5l refill bag 3.59€/l on Amazon.fr A-
    Etamine du Lys 5L recharge 5.4€/l on their website A+


    Cheapest kitchen/grease cleaner Price Rating
    L'Arbre Vert 740ml 3.04€/l on Amazon.fr A-
    Frosch 750ml 4.73€/l on Naturitas.be A-
    Sonett 1l 7.2£/l (7.9€) on BigGreenSmile A+


    Cheapest glass & windows cleaner Price Rating
    Bio-D 5L 3.2£/l (3.5€) on BigGreenSmile A
    Sonett 1l 6.1€ on Amazon.de A+
    Ecover 500ml 5.7£/l (6.2€) on BigGreenSmile A


    Cheapest toilet cleaner Price Rating
    Frosch 750ml 2.44€ on Kazidomi (member price) A-
    Bio-D 5L 2.32£/l (2.54€) on BigGreenSmile A
    Ecover 750ml 2.83€/l on Amazon.de A
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    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.

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