There’s a lot of green out there!

To be considered green, a product must typically meet criteria for energy efficiency, resource and water conservation and/or indoor environmental quality.

There are thousands of products out there claiming to be green, and that can be confusing. To top it off, there are thousands of sites on the web that offer resources for those seeking information about green products and product certifications.

To help you navigate the maze, we have compiled the following list:


Cradle-To-Cradle — This program measures the social and environmental responsibility of everything from materials to manufacturing processes.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) — Provides certification for wood products, assuring consumers that they come from forests that are managed “sustainably”.

Green Builders Source — a website that is a useful product and service provider for Green Building Materials.

Green Building Alliances’ Green Product Standard – a non-profit organization that advances economic prosperity and human well being in Western Pennsylvania by driving market demand for green buildings and green building products.

GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) — Offers three types of third party certification programs to improve public health and quality of life though programs that improve indoor air.

Green Seal — A not-for-profit organization that promotes the manufacture, purchase and use of environmentally responsible products and services.

Green Village Green — website with building information, a list of sustainable architects and builders in your area,and information on the latest green technology.

Local Green Materials (TX) — A website that provides the Houston, Texas, area with local green building materials and vendor information.

Low Impact Living Options for Products and Services — A website offering a catalog of environmentally-friendly products and services.

Rate it Green – A site where members learn and share information through product and service reviews as well as by posting entries and asking questions on The Green Forum.

Science Certification Systems — Certifications for products including office furniture systems, components, seating, building materials,carpet and rugs, hard surface flooring, paints, and more.

The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) — Tests for and certifies low emissions from carpets, carpet cushions and adhesives.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Products — A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program that focuses on improving energy performance in buildings as a method of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Household Product Database — The database offers health and safety information on household products. You can search by product, manufacturer, ingredient or health effect.


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