Finding healthier, greener products ~ try: GoodGuide.com
Not only do we need to be careful of the chemicals and known carcinogens on and in the food we eat, we need to understand that everyday products including clothing, toys and every household item imaginable are also most likely contaminated with poisonous materials.
Dara O'Rourke, a professor of environmental policy at UC Berkeley, launched a web-based system that rates consumer products on their health, environmental, and social impacts. GoodGuide was launched with the help of some of his students after he found hormone-disrupting chemicals (a suspected carcinogen activated by sunlight) and several skin irritants in a 'top-selling' sunscreen he was using on his 2 year old daughter.
GoodGuide.com rates over 75,000 items covering personal care, food, household cleaners, paper goods and toys. O'Rourke's idea is to take academic-quality research and make it available (free) to consumers so we can find healthier, greener products. The website is very user-friendly and has a free iPhone app that allows consumers to scan bar codes to pull up product ratings.
GoodGuide's rating system is highly respected by industry experts, drawing data from over 300 sources (credible firms that do socially responsible research, academic studies, web sites) to score products on up to 1,500 individual criteria!
THANK YOU GoodGuide!