Hand Wash by ecostore

Brand: ecostore

Attributes: No Animal Testing, Non-Toxic

Description: ecostore Hand Wash is specially formulated to gently cleanse your skin without removing its natural protective oils. Made from naturally derived ingredients, this hand wash is also safe to the environment — the water used to wash the hands can safely be used for your garden!

ecostore Hand Wash comes in three different fragrances: Rose and Cardamon, Coconut and Vanilla, and Orange and Patchouli.

Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Essential Oils (Citrus Sinensis, Agathosma Betulina, Litsea Cubeba, Rosa Damascena, Coriandrum Sativum, Piper Nigrum, Elettaria Cardamomum, Santalum Album, Aniba Rosaeodora, Pogostemon Cablin)

ecostore, based in New Zealand, produces a wide variety of home and body care products, which are not only natural but also safe to use.

ecostore’s products are distributed by The Naturally Better Company. You can buy from their boutique.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 15 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 22 July 2012):

Business Sustainability

1. Does the company, product or service have a third party certified green business or green product label?

ecostore has achieved ISO 14001, Diamond Enviromark, and carboNZero manufacturing certification.

ISO 14001 is an environmental management standards created by the International Organization for Standardization that helps companies and organizations to improve their environmental performance.

Enviromark Diamond certifcation is the highest level of environmental certification awarded by Landcare Research, New Zealand’s foremost environmental research organization.

carboNZero is an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification programme. This means that Ecotech has demonstrated proactive environmental efforts with regard to carbon dioxide emissions and their impact on climate change.

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

The company has implemented various sustainability initiatives, such as using sustainable palm oil under the GreenPalm programme, using no harmful chemicals in their products, and using recycled and recyclable materials for the packaging.

GreenPalm is a certificate trading programme that tackles the environmental and social issues caused by palm oil production.

3. Does the company have an Environmental Management System?

ecostore’s Auckland based factory, Ecotech, has achieved ISO 14001 certification in 2010 and Enviromark Diamond certification in 2009.

ISO 14001 is an environmental management standards that helps companies and organizations to improve their environmental performance.

Enviromark Diamond certifcation is the highest level of environmental certification awarded by Landcare Research, New Zealand’s foremost environmental research organization.

4. Has the company taken steps to implement green practices in the office or reduce the environmental impacts from its offices?

The company implements various green practices in its operations, including health and environmental safety, waste minimization, and recycling.

5. Has the company, product or service won any environmental or sustainability awards?

ecostore has won the 2009 New Zealand’s most Sustainable Business of the Year award.

Energy and Climate Change

7. Does the product or service have an energy or carbon-related third party certification or label?

ecostore’s Auckland based factory, Ecotech, has gained the carboNZero manufacturing certification.

carboNZero is an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification programme. This means that Ecotech has demonstrated proactive environmental efforts with regard to carbon dioxide emissions and their impact on climate change.

9. Does the company measure its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

Ecotech is certified under the carboNZero programme and one of the requirements is to actively measure and report its carbon footprint and emissions.

10. Has the company set an energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas reduction target?

To achieve the carboNZero certification, Ecotech has to set targets and plans on reducing emissions.

11. Has the company taken steps towards reducing its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

ecostore’s Auckland based factory, Ecotech, has actively done so and has achieved the carboNZero manufacturing certification.

Materials and Waste

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

ecostore currently uses HDPE (High Density Poly Ethylene), which is the most recyclable plastic currently available, for their bottle packaging. Clear polypropylene label is used and is fully recyclable without having to be removed from the bottle. ecostore is also planning to include a certain percentage of post consumer recycled plastic.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

ecostore Hand Wash is made from naturally derived ingredients. No harmful chemicals are used so that the product is safe for both people and the environment.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

ecostore prioritizes plant based ingredients from sustainable or renewable sources that are hazard free. Every ingredient is carefully assessed for people and environment’s health and safety, and products are constantly being reviewed to create the best formulation. ecostore also has extensive lists of natural ingredients they use and chemical ones they do not put in their products.

Social and Ethical

26. Does the product or service have an ethics-related third party certification or label?

ecostore has the PETA logo on their packaging and has verified to not conduct any animal testing on their ingredients or products.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the world’s largest animal rights organization that works around the issue of animal cruelty.

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

Besides the company’s commitment to sustainability, a percentage of ecostore’s profits go to Fairground Foundation, which was created by ecostore founder, Malcolm Rands, as a way to support the community in the areas of health, culture and sustainability. The company has also created campaigns to raise awareness of nasty chemical ingredients in common household products.

28. Is the company against animal testing on its product or service?

ecostore products are not tested on animals.

“The thing about hand wash products is that they often try to show that they work: strong fragrance, chemicals, moisturizers, etc that I often end up with hands which smell much stronger than the food I’m about to eat. This product has very light scent and most importantly, only safe ingredients, so I won’t need to worry about putting chemicals in my mouth. However, I don’t find this hand wash to be moisturizing; my hands still feel a bit dry after use.”

Isabela Clarissa

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Multi Surface Cleaning Spray 828ml by method

Brand: method

Attributes: Biodegradable, C2C Certified, Non-Toxic, No Animal Testing

Description: method’s Multi Surface Cleaning Spray is made from ingredients that are naturally derived, not tested on animals, and biodegradable. The all purpose cleaner gets rid of grease and grime on different surfaces safely and effectively. The bottle is made with 100% recycled plastic.

Ingredients in the cleaning spray include alcohol ethoxylate (in pink grapefruit), color, decyl polyglucoside, fragrance oil blend, potassium hydroxide, purified water, sodium carbonate, and sodium gluconate.

You can choose from different scents: french lavender or pink grapefruit.

method is a leading innovator of premium healthy home and personal care products. Founded by Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry, method is transforming how we see cleaning with products that look and smell good, and made with non-toxin and natural ingredients.

You can buy from method’s online store or from selected retailers.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 18 points in the following 6 criteria (updated on 15 Mar 2012):

Business Sustainability

1. Does the company, product or service have a third party certified green business or green product label?

The product is Cradle to Cradle certified. The Cradle to Cradle Certified program assesses a product’s safety to humans and the environment and design for future life cycles. The program focuses on using safe materials that can be disassembled and recycled as technical nutrients or composted as biological nutrients.

method is a Certified B Corporation. Certified B Corporations are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corps meet comprehensive, transparent standards and legally integrate stakeholder interests into their corporate governance.

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

method integrates sustainability into the business.

3. Does the company have an Environmental Management System?

method uses the Cradle to Cradle principles to manage its environmental impacts.

4. Has the company taken steps to implement green practices in the office or reduce the environmental impacts from its offices?

method has several sustainability initiatives.

Energy and Climate Change

9. Does the company measure its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

method tracks all of the carbon it emit, including travel, utilities, manufacturing and distribution.

10. Has the company set an energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas reduction target?

method is carbon neutral in 100% of its manufacturing, office operations and employee commuting in travel.

11. Has the company taken steps towards reducing its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

method is taking steps to start finding solutions in its product designs, across its business, and in its supply chain. method’s carbon strategy is to: Reduce first; Alternative energy second; and Offset all the rest.

Materials and Waste

13. Is the product made from reclaimed or recycled material?

The bottles are made from recycled plastic.

14. Is the product biodegradable or acceptable for recycling after use?

method’s plastic bottles are recyclable.

18. Does the product or service have a sustainable material-related third party certification or label?

The product is Cradle to Cradle certified at the silver level. This means a team of scientists at MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry) have rigorously assessed all ingredients, packaging materials and design, processes and social practices used, making sure that method has designed for maximum material reutilization rather than designing its products to go into a landfill.

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

See above. In addition, the method greensourcing program monitors and audits its suppliers to find ways to reduce waste, and to use closed-loop manufacturing practices wherever possible.

Water

22. Has the company taken steps to reduce the water usage or wastewater generated in the production of the product or service?

The method greensourcing program monitors and audits its suppliers to find ways to eliminate water use.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

method uses natural and naturally derived materials. If they can’t find a natural ingredient to get the job done, they will use a safe, green, man-made version instead. In all cases, they only use ingredients that have passed through a comprehensive green and health screen.

Every ingredient used in a method product is comprehensively evaluated by an independent environmental research institute, EPEA. As a result of this rigorous material research process, method is completely certain of the health and environmental safety of all method ingredients.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

method chooses not to use ingredients that could have potential hazards to human health and/or the environment, including parabens, phosphate, chlorine bleach, phthalates, triclosan, bisphenol-a, ethylene glycol ethers, formaldehyde, and ammonia.

Social and Ethical

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

method integrates corporate responsibility into the business.

28. Is the company against animal testing on its product or service?

method performs absolutely no animal testing on any of their products.

29. Does the company have a no child labour or non-discrimination policy?

method’s definition of sustainability includes fair labor practices and diversity.

30. Are the company employees involved in community activities or volunteering their time to help the community or the environment?

Every employee at method gets 3 days every year to give back to the local community, and they can choose to do whatever they want.

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Hand Wash Gel 354ml by method

Brand: method

Attributes: Biodegradable, C2C Certified, Non-Toxic, No Animal Testing

Description: method’s Hand Wash Gel is made from ingredients that are naturally derived, triclosan-free, not tested on animals, and biodegradable. The hand wash cleans your hands safely and effectively without harsh chemicals.

Ingredients in the hand wash include Aloe Vera Gel, benzophenone #4, citric acid / sodium citrate, cocamide DEA, cocamidopropyl betaine , color, fragrance oil blend, methylchloroisothiazolinone + methylisothiazolinone, purified water, sodium chloride, sodium lauryl sulfate, and Vitamin E.

You can choose from different scents: french lavender; cucumber; mandarin-mango; water flower; or waterfall.

method is a leading innovator of premium healthy home and personal care products. Founded by Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry, method is transforming how we see cleaning with products that look and smell good, and made with non-toxin and natural ingredients.

You can buy from method’s online store or from selected retailers.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 5 stars based on 18 points in the following 6 criteria (updated on 10 Dec 2011):

Business Sustainability

1. Does the company, product or service have a third party certified green business or green product label?

The product is Cradle to Cradle certified. The Cradle to Cradle Certified program assesses a product’s safety to humans and the environment and design for future life cycles. The program focuses on using safe materials that can be disassembled and recycled as technical nutrients or composted as biological nutrients.

method is a Certified B Corporation. Certified B Corporations are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corps meet comprehensive, transparent standards and legally integrate stakeholder interests into their corporate governance.

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

method integrates sustainability into the business.

3. Does the company have an Environmental Management System?

method uses the Cradle to Cradle principles to manage its environmental impacts.

4. Has the company taken steps to implement green practices in the office or reduce the environmental impacts from its offices?

method has several sustainability initiatives.

Energy and Climate Change

9. Does the company measure its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

method tracks all of the carbon it emit, including travel, utilities, manufacturing and distribution.

10. Has the company set an energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas reduction target?

method is carbon neutral in 100% of its manufacturing, office operations and employee commuting in travel.

11. Has the company taken steps towards reducing its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

method is taking steps to start finding solutions in its product designs, across its business, and in its supply chain. method’s carbon strategy is to: Reduce first; Alternative energy second; and Offset all the rest.

Materials and Waste

13. Is the product made from reclaimed or recycled material?

The bottles are made from recycled plastic.

14. Is the product biodegradable or acceptable for recycling after use?

method’s plastic bottles are recyclable.

18. Does the product or service have a sustainable material-related third party certification or label?

The product is Cradle to Cradle certified at the silver level. This means a team of scientists at MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry) have rigorously assessed all ingredients, packaging materials and design, processes and social practices used, making sure that method has designed for maximum material reutilization rather than designing its products to go into a landfill.

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

See above. In addition, the method greensourcing program monitors and audits its suppliers to find ways to reduce waste, and to use closed-loop manufacturing practices wherever possible.

Water

22. Has the company taken steps to reduce the water usage or wastewater generated in the production of the product or service?

The method greensourcing program monitors and audits its suppliers to find ways to eliminate water use.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

method uses natural and naturally derived materials. If they can’t find a natural ingredient to get the job done, they will use a safe, green, man-made version instead. In all cases, they only use ingredients that have passed through a comprehensive green and health screen.

Every ingredient used in a method product is comprehensively evaluated by an independent environmental research institute, EPEA. As a result of this rigorous material research process, method is completely certain of the health and environmental safety of all method ingredients.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

method chooses not to use ingredients that could have potential hazards to human health and/or the environment, including parabens, phosphate, chlorine bleach, phthalates, triclosan, bisphenol-a, ethylene glycol ethers, formaldehyde, and ammonia.

Social and Ethical

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

method integrates corporate responsibility into the business.

28. Is the company against animal testing on its product or service?

method performs absolutely no animal testing on any of their products.

29. Does the company have a no child labour or non-discrimination policy?

method’s definition of sustainability includes fair labor practices and diversity.

30. Are the company employees involved in community activities or volunteering their time to help the community or the environment?

Every employee at method gets 3 days every year to give back to the local community, and they can choose to do whatever they want.

“Love the design of the bottle! I tried the hand wash gel with the french lavender scent, and it cleans effectively and leaves my hands slightly smooth, must be the aloe vera in it.

But didn’t like the french lavender scent, definitely not “heavenly scented” as mentioned by method in the website. Would recommend others to try different scents instead.”

Eugene Tay

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