SOURCE MATERIAL, MANUFACTURING, USAGE, DISPOSAL
Source Materials-What is your stuff made out of!?
Toxins, Raw Material, Natural or Organic, Sustainable, or Recyclable
Manufacturing- How is your stuff made?
The basic "LIFE CYCLE ELEMENT" looks at the manufacturing and delivery of products. They make comparisons to other like product. GOOD, AVERAGE, BELOW! Here are some things they use to compare products.
Animal Testing, Resource Consumption, Energy Consumption, Pollution, Packaging, and Company Evaluation.
Usage- How is your stuff used and what effect does it have on the enviroment?
The basic life cycle element does the same thing as above but rate it how it impact the environment. GOOD, AVERAGE, BELOW. They have the following goals.
Reduce or eliminate material consumption, Reduce or eliminate trash production, Reduce and eliminate toxicants in the environment, Reduce or eliminate energy consumption.
Dispoal- How is your stuff disposed and what is its impact?
Biodegradable or Recyclable
GREEN PRODUCTS STANDARD
I think this company is great how they take all the above info and that how they rate a product with the GREEN PRODUCT STANDARD! Honestly you wouldn't think of how much stuff you buy/use that you just throw away! It definitely could be recycled or reused! I think we all need to think of how it affects our environment! This website made me step back and think of what I could do in order to help! Simply just recycling would be a great first step! Almost everything you buy now a days have the little recycle emblem on it. This is the standard that are applied to every product sold by BUYGREEN.COM and GREENCOUTURE.COM