At Growing a Green Family I post many eco-friendly product reviews. Below is how my rating style works…
- Five trees is the best score a product can get. I rarely give fives, so when I do you can be sure it’s an insanely awesome environmentally-friendly product.
- Four trees is a darn good green product.
- Three trees means a product is okay. Not great but not horrible either. I usually give a three to a product that could be better with some minor adjustments.
- Two trees to one tree is a product probably not worth your time or it’s just not very eco-friendly.
- Zero trees is the worst possible score. I don’t know that I’ve ever given a product a zero. The company would have to be greenwashing, have shady ethics or the product would have to be simply terrible performance-wise.
I rate all products with the same extensive criteria and scoring system regardless of if I bought and paid for the product with my own money or if I got it free from the company.
Keep in mind that I have a TON of criteria for a few reasons.
- I HATE when I read books or blogs (eco-minded or not) and the writer fails to disclose why they like or don’t like a product. “It’s cool,” to me, is not a review that families can use. I’ve read way too many product reviews where you can tell the blogger was so happy to get something free that they give the product a good review (even if that product is questionable).
- Why should I bother reviewing something if I’m going to do a half-ass job. What’s the point?
- Lastly, I know that some readers choose products based on reviews they read and I never want families to use products that are unsafe, or pay more for green products when they don’t need to. I use these products; my son uses these products; my friends and family may use these. I don’t want my own family using questionable products and I don’t want my readers to either.
How I review products is time consuming, but in order to choose real green products it’s also a necessity. Plenty of companies won’t disclose. You need to conduct your own research. You can use my green product criteria to form your own list if you like.
How do you separate the real green products from the bunk green products?