Laundry Powder by ecostore

Brand: ecostore

Attributes: No Animal Testing, Non-Toxic

Description: The ecostore Laundry Powder is made without any potentially harmful chemicals and thus safe for both the skin and the environment. The laundry powder also has the lowest total alkalinity in waste water in Australasia, which means you can use the waste water for your lawn or garden.

Fragrance free option available.

Ingredients: Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Coco Sulphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Aluminosilicate, Lauryl/MyristylGlucoside, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Sodium Polyaspartate, Essential Oils (Litsea Cubeba, Citurs Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil (fraction))

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 Laundry Powder boxes are made of 95% recycled materials, while the plastic inside the box is made of LDPE (Low Density Poly Ethylene), which is recycling code 4. A measuring scoop is also included in the packaging, and it is made from 100% post consumer regrind plastic.

Chemicals and Health

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

ecostore Laundry Powder uses no harmful chemicals so it is safer 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.

“This is probably one of the first laundry powder that I enjoy using. Usually I had to dilute my laundry powder in some water before using it or it would leave some residue on my clothes. I am so happy that this one is easy to use. Plus the fact that it is concentrated, I don’t have to use too much. Performance wise, it does leave my clothes clean, but I can’t really compare it to other brands as usually my clothes are not severely stained. However, my clothes feel soft after every wash, which gives me a reason to stop buying softener. I also love the lemon scent—it’s as fresh as cold lemonade!”

Isabela Clarissa

“I tried the laundry powder with the dirtiest things in the house – my boys’ sports kit after football and fabric slippers! The powder did the job of removing all the stains and sweaty smells. I was also pleased that it did not leave behind an overpowering floral smell that you usually get with commercial laundry detergents. ”

Agy

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Laundry Soaker and Stain Remover by ecostore

Brand: ecostore

Attributes: No Animal Testing, Non-Toxic

Description: ecostore Laundry Soaker and Stain Remover is specially formulated to soak heavily stained items, brighten colors, or to give laundry detergent more power when required.

Made from plant and mineral based ingredients, this product is safe for people with sensitive skin or allergies. Safely super concentrated and fragrance free.

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Percarbonate, Tetraacetyl Ethalinediamine, Sodium Coco Sulphate.

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 23 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 Laundry Soaker and Stain Remover uses only plant or mineral based ingredients. Its concentrated formula does not contain harmful chemicals.

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.

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Laundry Detergent with Smartclean Tech (25 load) by method

Brand: method

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

Description: method’s Laundry Detergent is made from ingredients that are biodegradable, not tested on animals, and using a plant-based formula called smartclean technology. The concentrated detergent delivers cleaning power with just a few squirts, and has a 35% smaller carbon footprint than conventional detergent. The lightweight pump bottle is designed for easy, one-handed use, and also made with 50% recycled plastic.

Ingredients in the laundry detergent include alcohol, bio 1,3-propanediol, calcium chloride, carboxylate polyester, coco methyl ester + sulfonate, dipropylene glycol monomethyl ether, fragrance oil blend, glycerine carbonate, lauryl + oleoyl alcohol ethoxylates, phenoxyethanol, protease, amylase, cellulase, purified water, secondary alkane sulfonate, sodium distyrylbiphenol disulfonate, and vegetable glycerin.

You can choose from different scents: lavender cedar or fresh air.

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

“The pump bottle is easy to use and needs only 4 pumps of the concentrated detergent for a medium load wash. The detergent is effective in washing clothes, although I didn’t really like the lavender cedar smell. There’s no strong smell of fragrance from the newly-washed clothing.”

Eugene Tay

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