Adapted from Making Sense of Green Certifications – GreenGuard, Floorscore and More at https://www.mychemicalfreehouse.net
Making sense of Green Certifications can be very confusing. In some cases, it can also be misleading.
Green Guard Certifications inform consumers that the product that they might like to buy has low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). As a point of reference, most houses in North America have a total VOC level of about 200 μg/m3, and the outdoor VOC level is about 20 μg/m3. Green Guard gives certification to products with up to 500 μg/m3 total VOCs and GreenGuard Gold certifies products with up to 220 μg/m3 total VOCs.
This means that a GreenGuard Gold certified product CAN contain phthalates, biocides, flame retardants and/or heavy metals.
Is it even possible to know what products are made with and to avoid toxins?
Yes, but it’s tricky.
You need to look for manufacturers that don’t hide behind a certification, but that tell you exactly what their products are made with. If you can get your hands on their Safety Data Sheets (third-party testing results of product), even better.
Unfortunately, you cannot completely trust retailers simply because they don’t have the information, or they are putting their trust in certifications. As a consumer, you need to dig deeper. Those tiny lungs are worth it.
As the founder of LuLé and a proud mom, I am passionate about helping you make the right decisions for your baby. All blog posts are based on information found on respected government or institutional websites, such as Health Canada.