A Buying Guide for Healthy Communities

Use this buying guide of resources to identify eco-certification labels and programs to protect public health and keep toxins out of Oregon’s rivers and streams.

• Design for the Environment—An EPA Partnership
• EcoLogo™ Program
• GoodGuide

Use the information from the GoodGuide to find rankings of household products looking for higher environmental scores. A free Apple iOS app for mobile devices is available that will help you find safe, healthy, and sustainable products while you shop. You can browse, search or simply scan a barcode to see detailed ratings for health, environment and social responsibility for more than 70,000 products and companies.

GoodGuide provides information about personal care, household chemical, toy, food and paper products for free on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, adding thousands of products every month. GoodGuide’s goal is to help people shop smarter and to motivate companies to offer even better products.

For electronic devices, including computers, monitors and laptops, you can find products registered as silver or gold standard by EPEAT (Electronic Products Environmental Tool), the definitive global registry for greener electronics.

• EPEAT inventory of certified products

For building products, the Pharos Project seeks to define a consumer-driven vision of truly green building materials and establish a method for evaluation using principles of environmental health and justice.

Available by subscription, the Pharos online database tools include the Building Product Library (BPL) and the Chemical and Material Library (CML). Each product in the BPL is scored on several environmental and health impact categories. Detailed product profiles include chemical and material ingredients, which are linked to their respective entries in the CML, with information on over 10,000 chemicals and materials.

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