In conducting the research here at LeafScore.com, we rely, in part, on green certifications to formulate Leaf Scores for products. Why? Because certifying bodies, like the ones listed below, are the primary “cops on the beat,” policing brands and manufacturers to make clean, green, sustainable products. If a brand plays by the rules set by a certifying body, for say VOCs, it’s evidence they are putting in effort to do right by consumers and the planet. Below, we have compiled a list of the most important certifications to look for when buying eco-friendly products.
As we continue to feature more suggested products we’ll continue to update this page with relevant resources to make sure that you’re looking for the best certifications possible – make sure to check back!
There are around 100 international standards and eco-labels for textiles, which can make it hard to figure out which ones are helpful when choosing new sheets. So, to help you figure out the right eco-friendly sheets for your needs, we discuss some of the most robust green certifications for bed sheets.
Ovens, Stovetops & Ranges
From the European Energy Label to California’s Prop 65, eco-certifications for ovens, stovetops, and ranges take into consideration things like source materials, energy consumption, and the presence of potential hazardous and chemical substances. These are the certifications you’ll want to be on the lookout for if you’re in the market for a new oven, stove, or range.
We spend a whole lot of time sleeping, and mattresses tend to be a pricey item that we (hopefully) only plan on buying once every decade or so, which is why most of us like to do our homework beforehand. If you’re on the look for certifications that’ll help you sleep better at night knowing your product is non-toxic and sustainably sourced, we’ve got you covered.
Menstrual management products in the U.S. aren’t subject to particularly stringent regulation, so it’s up to the companies that create them to seek out the relevant certifications for safety and sustainability. Certifications like USDA-certified organic and GOTS are some you’ve likely seen before, but there are others to be aware of as well.
While you’d think natural non-toxic materials would go hand in hand with the practice of yoga, you’d be surprised how often greenwashing occurs. Many companies make claims or self-declare that their products are “natural” and “green” because those aren’t regulated terms in the US; here are the certifications you should keep an eye out for that back these claims up.