What should I look for in a ‘greener and safer product’?

Defining a ‘greener and safer product’ is not as easy as it may seem but there are guiding principles.

Here are some important criteria to consider when you are looking for a ‘greener and safer product’:

  • Products that avoid toxic emissions.
  • Natural or minimally processed products.
  • Products that do not contain ozone-depleting substances.
  • Products that provide alternatives to hazardous chemicals such as persistent organic pollutants (POPs), PCBs and brominated flame retardants.
  • Products that reduce or eliminate pesticide treatments.
  • Products with high durability and low maintenance requirements.
  • Products that reduce stormwater pollution and hazardous waste.

For more information see www.ecospecifier.org and www.greenspec.co.uk