30 Best Eco-Friendly Products of 2023 – Sustainable & Green Items

<h2 class=”body-h2″>What is an “eco-friendly” product?</h2><p>These days, “green” claims are everywhere, from <a href=” target=”_blank”>cleaning supplies</a> to sheets, making it hard for consumers to recognize which products are truly sustainable. You’ll want to be on the lookout for “<a href=” target=”_blank”>greenwashing</a>,” which is when a company deceptively puts eco-friendly claims on the packaging of their products with no clear evidence or testing to back up their assertions. To avoid being duped by marketing language, look for products with established, third-party emblems like <a href=” Cosmos</a> or <a href=” Trade Certified</a> — because even if a product features a logo that claims it’s “earth-friendly,” it doesn’t mean anything if the brand designed it themselves.</p><p>In fact, Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty, Health and Sustainability Lab Executive Director <a href=” target=”_blank” data-ogsc=”” title=”>Birnur K. Aral, Ph.D.</a> prefers to use the term “sustainable” rather than “eco-friendly.” The latter implies that a product has no negative impact on the environment, and there really aren’t any products that meet that definition. “‘Sustainable’ implies that the impact a product has while being made, consumed, and/or disposed of is mindful of the earth’s current and future resources.” That said, Aral adds that while <a href=” target=”_blank”><strong>”eco-friendly” is recognized as a greenwashing term</strong></a> <strong>and the <a href=” target=”_blank” data-ogsc=”” title=”>FTC has strict guidelines</a> regulating it</strong>, the term “sustainable” has been gaining popularity in product marketing as well, and should not be taken at face value either. </p><p>If you’re looking for more help with making sustainable product choices and reducing waste, check out our comprehensive <a href=” target=”_blank” data-ogsc=”” title=”>guide to sustainable living</a>. <br></p><h2 class=”body-h2″>Our favorite sustainable products:</h2>” />

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