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Household cleaning products often contain a mixture of unpleasant chemicals, which can have an adverse effect on our health and the environment.  But it is now easier than ever to find eco alternatives, which are kinder to the environment and our health – but how ethical are they?

Ecover is perhaps one of the best know eco-friendly cleaning products and boasts admirable environmental credentials as well as carrying the Leaping Bunny logo – the gold-standard guarantee that a product has not been tested on animals.  However, The Good Shopping Guide looks behind the brand – at the activities of the company group – which has led to Ecover slipping down our Ethical Rankings from near the top to the bottom.  This is because Ecover is now owned by American multinational, SC Johnson – which sadly does test on animals (among other things)…

Thankfully however, our latest research shows that there are still a number of eco-friendly Cleaning Products, which score well in our overall ethical analysis of the company behind the brand.  At the top of the table is ECO.3, a progressive brand doing their bit to reduce plastic pollution, by offering concentrated refill sachets for their trigger-spray containers – which come with a lifetime guarantee.

ECO.3’s products are non-toxic, non-carcinogenic, non-allergenic, pet safe and skin safe.  The company is against animal testing and is approved by the Vegan Society and has recently been re-awarded Ethical Accreditation from The Ethical Company Organisation.

For further information about the ethics of cleaning products, go over to the Ethical Cleaners section of The Good Shopping Guide – or you can go straight to a more detailed Ethical Ranking Table here to learn more about the companies behind the brands.

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