Eco-Scale Rating System

At Whole Foods Market® we believe it's important that consumers are able to make informed decisions about the products they buy. We also believe in doing our part to encourage a more eco-friendly household products industry.

The Eco-Scale™ rating system we have developed is the first cleaning-products standards of any retailer and the most comprehensive standards of any "green cleaners" standards-setting group. Based on audits conducted by a third-party audit agency, household cleaning products are rated red, orange, yellow or green on our Eco-Scale™.

  • Not carried at Whole Foods Market.

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

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™ 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