Eco-Scale™ Rating System

Are you looking for more natural cleaning supplies? Our Eco-Scale rating system is the first cleaning-products standards of any retailer and the most comprehensive standards of any "green cleaners" standards-setting group. Third-party agencies evaluate each product for environmental impact, safety, efficacy, source and animal testing.

All household cleaning products we offer are rated orange, yellow or green on our Eco-Scale. No red-rated cleaners are allowed. So you can feel good about any cleaning products you choose in our stores. You can’t go wrong, they all take cleaning to the next level.

Eco-Scale™ green indicates all of the 3rd-party-verified standards of the orange and yellow ratings plus our highest standards for safety and environmental impact.

  • ✓ Full transparency, disclosure of ingredients on packaging by April 2012

  • ✓ Independent 3rd party verified compliance to standards

  • ✓ No ingredients with significant environmental or safety concerns

  • ✓ No formaldehyde-donors, preservatives which have the potential to release formaldehyde

  • ✓ No phosphates, chlorine, or synthetic colors

  • ✓ No animal testing

  • ✓ 100% natural fragrances

  • ✓ No ingredients with moderate environmental or safety concerns

  • ✓ No DEA, MEA or TEA—surfactants that have the potential to contain nitrosamines and other impurities

  • ✓ No synthetic, petroleum-derived thickeners made from nonrenewable sources

  • ✓ Plant- and mineral-derived ingredients

  • ✓ No petroleum- derived ingredients

Eco-Scale™ yellow indicates all of the 3rd-party-verified high standards of the orange rating plus even more assurance of safety and environmental impact.

  • ✓ Full transparency, disclosure of ingredients on packaging by April 2012

  • ✓ Independent 3rd party verified compliance to standards

  • ✓ No ingredients with significant environmental or safety concerns

  • ✓ No formaldehyde-donors, preservatives which have the potential to release formaldehyde

  • ✓ No phosphates, chlorine, or synthetic colors

  • ✓ No animal testing

  • ✓ 100% natural fragrances

  • ✓ No ingredients with moderate environmental or safety concerns

  • ✓ No DEA, MEA or TEA—surfactants that have the potential to contain nitrosamines and other impurities

  • ✓ No synthetic, petroleum-derived thickeners made from nonrenewable sources

Eco-Scale™ orange indicates 3rd-party-verified standards for safety and environmental impact that are higher than any other standards-setting group or retailer.

  • ✓ Full transparency, disclosure of ingredients on packaging by April 2012

  • ✓ Independent 3rd party verified compliance to standards

  • ✓ No ingredients with significant environmental or safety concerns

  • ✓ No formaldehyde-donors, preservatives which have the potential to release formaldehyde

  • ✓ No phosphates, chlorine, or synthetic colors

  • ✓ No animal testing

  • Not carried at Whole Foods Market.

Full list of ingredients we don't allow in cleaning products.