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Product/Company Rating Systems


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The resources below provide information to help consumers identify products on the market with more sustainable attributes and avoiding those that have less attributes. Other sections, such as "company sustainability initiatives", provide information on company-wide sustainability programs. This section is devoted exclusively to rating systems developed by organizations to aide in the research of particular products.



Alonovo: Intelligent Marketplace

This site allows users to register their personal value systems (how important various issues are on a scale of 1-5) to measure the social consciousness of each individual. Then you can shop for clothes and other items online and obtain ratings of companies based on your value system. Alonovo is essentially allowing you to define your own eco-label and then find products that meet the criteria of your label. The organization also contribute 20% of revenues (based upon your purchases through alonovo.com) to the organizations you designate as your beneficiary organization. Check it out!

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a coalition effort launched in 2004 to protect the health of consumers and workers by securing the corporate, regulatory and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics also coordinated the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, which is a voluntary pledge for companies to embrace safety and transparency. This has been beneficial for shifting the industry to making its products safer and making information more widespread in the absence of actual government regulations.

Consumer Reports- Greener Choices

Consumer Reports has been rating products on the market since 1936 and have recently expanded into the environmental rating sector with the development of Greener Choices. The organization will rate a dozen products across several categories, including electronics, appliances, home and garden, automobiles, and food. The "green ratings" section will rate a product's energy, water and fuel efficiency performance, and provide environmental and health assessments for various food products. In addition, the Greener Choices web site provides information on important environmental issues, such as energy and climate change, and connects these issues to the products people buy. Users also have access to tools such as energy calculators, rebate information, food label meanings, and links to more information.

Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI)

DJSI is the first global index to track the financial performance of the world’s top sustainable companies.

Global 100

The Global 100 is a list of the 100 most sustainable corporations in the world. The companies on the list are the best in their industries at managing environmental and social risks and opportunities. The list is prepared by Innovest Strategic Value Advisors.

PVC free products database

Greenpeace is a nonprofit organization, with a presence in 40 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. As a global organization, Greenpeace focuses on the most crucial worldwide threats to our planet's biodiversity and environment. Greenpeace has a database of construction materials that can be searched by consumers who would like to find PVC (polyvinyl chloride) free products from around the world.

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