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The Good Guide

Ecotot: Good Guide

What once started out as a research project at UC Berkeley, the Good Guide is now a valuable parent resource as it provides ratings on various household products, with a focus on baby gear. What's so special about the Good Guide? It gives products an overall rating and then breaks it down into three different ratings: health performance, environmental performance and social performance.

If you can't decide on which diaper cream to buy, check out the Good Guide to see what gets the best ratings. If you like to get into the nitty gritty, you can investigate which organizations provide product certifications and listings, examine cancer effects, toxicity and hazardous ratings, water and energy usage during manufacturing. As the site grows, so will the products and public reviews.

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Greggie Greggie 8 years
I definitely prefer personal feedback, not just the writer's one-sided input.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
i agree lil ruck, and try to use ONLY organic products (LOOOOOOVE weleda btw) as well as feed him only organic (or as organic as possible)... will check out skin deep. but i also think you cant make yourself TOO crazy w/ONLY or ALL organic (the same w/plastics, you can do as much as you can). california babies sunscreen is the one we tried this year and really liked it, it didnt sting him, altho we typically kept out of the sun this year so i cant fully vouch for it's effectiveness against sunburn.... and greggie... i have a friend who SWEARS by water babies as the only sunscreen that really protects her fair babies... it may not be all organic, but i've heard good things about it also. i like sites that allow feedback (like here) from users & people who recommend the products....
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 8 years
I loved how the site had a paragraph about the dangers of parabens, oxybenzone, and 1,4 dioxane, just to name a few. These ingredients are so toxic, but found in SO many products. (Including the waterbabies). I prefer sites like Skin Deep, that will describe each ingredient. I think it's really crucial to buy completely organic products, especially for babies.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
it seems like two of the three scores that they base their overall score on were also not even really about the product. I don't know if I'm always interested in a companies philanthropy when I need something safe for the baby.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
That's true, I thought one of them was a feedback category as well.
katedavis katedavis 8 years
Greggie- I may be wrong but I don't think they rate it just by how well it works, but they take into account factors like the presence of phthalates and other potentially harmful ingredients.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I'm wondering how much I'd agree, since it shows Water Babies only got a 4.8 out of 10. I swear by Water Babies, it's the only one that my kids don't burn with, so I'd wonder how much good input on other items would be. But it would be very informative even if I didn't agree.
shoogerbooger shoogerbooger 8 years
I had never heard about this site. What a great find. Thanks!
katedavis katedavis 8 years
I always forget about this site. Thanks for the reminder! I'm going to bookmark it now.
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