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New ethical index rankings for washing-up liquid brands are now available.

Many retailers now offer a range of eco-friendly ethical alternatives, which substitute vegetable oil for petrochemical based derivatives. Some of these companies also use recycled materials in their packaging, and even offer facilities to refill old bottles once they are empty.

We’ve graded each brand according to several categories, which then fall under the headings Environment, Animals, People and Other.

With these updated rankings, we have also introduced a new ethical criterion: ‘Toxic Chemicals Policy’ which assesses a company’s policy – or usage – of certain chemicals in their products. The science is this area, as well many other similar areas, is constantly growing and being updated. And so, based on the opinion of various experts in this area, including scientists and public health organisations, we have specifically focused on the following chemicals which are currently considered to be most harmful to the environment and human health but are legally allowed for use in products: formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates and triclosan.

Branding Rankings

As far as brand rankings are concerned, Ecover continues to make news as it drops down among the least ethical brands list!

The good news is that there are a number of ethical alternatives.

To see how the brands rank and compare, visit the washing-up liquid section of The Good Shopping Guide.

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