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We’re pleased to announce that new ethical company index rankings have been released for household cleaner brands. The latest rankings update include a number of new additions, including a few notable ethical alternatives.

The big news remains that Ecover continues its drop in ethical status across a number of product sectors. Household cleaners is no exception. The brand now has a lowly 35 ECI. If you would like to know more, we blogged about their dramatic drop on the ethical company index in recent months.

Toxic chemicals policy

The latest ethical comparison rankings also reflect our new toxic chemicals policy. This is not an easy area to navigate for our research team, but we feel the updated policy reflects both the latest science and provides a balanced view on the use of synthetic chemicals.

There is a lot of ‘chemophobia’ about synthetic chemicals, as well as a lot of misinformation about which are harmful and which are not. To be fair, a lot of the science is still catching up in this area. Some synthetic chemicals are listed as ‘controversial’, with evidence still lacking. Other synthetics that were once listed as ‘controversial’ and which were once promoted as a ‘hazardous’ have been found to not be harmful on the scale of human consumption. Finally, it is also true that some synthetics have been found to be harmful, to humans or the environment or both.

It is important to keep up with the latest science. Based on the opinion of various experts in this area (scientists, environmentalists, public health organisations, etc), we have specifically focused on the following chemicals which are considered to be most harmful to the environment and human health but are legally allowed for use in products: formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates and triclosan.

Ethical brand rankings breakdown

As for the breakdown in the ethical brand rankings, ECO.3 is at the very top of the list. The brand also has Ethical Accreditation and is therefore highly recommended by The Good Shopping Guide.

Despite the fall from grace by Ecover, the good news is that consumers have a number of alternative options including Bio D, Ecoleaf, Ecozone and Faith in Nature (among others).

For more, and to reviews how household cleaning brands rank and compare for ethics, visit this link.

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