Links to product ratings resources
www.responsibleshopper.org is a cooperative effort by Working Assets and Co-op America to make ratings of the environmental and social behaviors of corporations known to the general public. The format is easy to use and easy to understand, but only evaluates the product manufacturers, not the products themselves.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy publishes an annual guide known as the Green Book describing the environmental impacts of various models of automobile. Though the website offers a fair amount of free information, ACEEE charges a minimum of $8.95 for full access to the Green Book, as they feature no advertising on their website. Both print and on-line versions are available.
www.fueleconomy.gov is a website co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, that lists the fuel economies measured for nearly all automobiles that are on the American market. Includes special listings of the best and worst performers, as well as EPA Air Pollution Scores.
Consumers Union (publisher of Consumer Reports magazine) keeps a website
eco-labels.org that provides information about the large number of ecolabels beginning to appear on store shelves, and separates the wheat from the chaff. Currently, the Consumers Union is reviewing only labels for organic food and wood products.
Purchasing environmentally responsible products
GAIAM, is a catalog company offering a wide
range of "eco-friendly" products, from clothing to solar panels. GAIAM does
not use a specific, consistent methodology for gauging each product's
environmental impact, however.
The Coop America Green Pages, is a portal site to a large number of manufacturers and
resellers offering environmentally responsible products. Companies must
pass an application process to appear on the site, but like GAIAM the Green
Pages also does not apply a specific, consistent methodology for gauging
The Green-e, renewable electricity
certification program offers a central resource for finding out how to
switch your electricity to green resources, or how to buy emissions offsets
if green electricity isn't available in your region. The Green-e program
uses a rigorous certification scheme.
Greening your lifestyle
The Center for a New American Dream
provides a wide variety of suggestions for reducing the environmental
impact of your lifestyle, while leading a more relaxed and rewarding
life at the same time. The Center for a New American Dream also hosts the
Marketplace another responsible shopping
Last Modified on January 4, 2005.