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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Green Guide is a GoodGuide


My family loves Burt's Bees products. Lip salve, hand lotion, face wash, body scrub, cuticle cream -- you name it, we have it.

Walking into stores these days, we're bombarded with products advertised as "natural." Even reading the ingredient list can't always help, as a perfectly natural supplement might have an unfamiliar name.

Enter websites GoodGuide and Green Guide, which help consumers make informed shopping decisions on everything from food and makeup to cleaning supplies and toys.


GoodGuide ranks products using a 1-10 scale. For example, I constantly use Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm and decided to check its stats on the site. The ranking is broken down into three broad categories: health, environment and and society.

After seeing the initial ranking (8.6 overall, with a 10 for health, 8.1 for environment and 7.6 for society), the product is examined even more closely using 46 factors like ingredients, product certifications from organizations like PETA and philanthropy.


What did I learn? Burt's Bees still looks like a great product in my eyes. Although there has been some controversy upon learning that Burt's Bees is now owned by Clorox, that doesn't necessarily change the product itself or its benefits.

Do you think it's worth spending money on natural products? I'd rather spend an extra dollar or two and know that I'm not putting harmful chemicals into (or onto) my body.