I try to be responsible and use products that are good for the environment, but sometimes I just don’t have the energy to read labels and try to figure out what all the ingredients mean. So, I love the idea of the Eco-Scale labeling system at Whole Foods Market.
This system uses orange, yellow, and green icons to indicate how environmentally friendly a product is. The green rating is the best possible rating.
For a product to be green under the Whole Foods system, it needs to have no petroleum- derived ingredients, 100% natural fragrances, no ingredients with significant environmental or safety concerns, no DEA, MEA or TEAâ€”surfactants that have the potential to contain nitrosamines and other impurities, and no synthetic, petroleum-derived thickeners made from nonrenewable sources. Products are independently verified by a third party to make sure they comply with labeling standards.
Recently, Whole Foods sent me a sample of their Green Mission Minty Fresh Cleaning Wipes to review. This product earned the green rating under the new labeling system.
I have a love/hate relationship with cleaning wipes in general. I don’t like how they create extra trash, but I have to admit they are helpful when it comes to encouraging my son to clean up after himself. And, since these wipes use no harmful chemicals, I don’t mind asking him to wipe up spills off the counter.
I also really like the minty scent of these wipes. It’s like a subtle air freshener instead of that overwhelming chemical smell that some cleaning wipes have.
Have you tried any of the Whole Foods Market products with the Eco-Scale labeling? If so, what did you think?
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