“Is Your Shampoo Affecting Your Weight Management Goals?” revealed a lot of information about the presence of obesogens in our environment. Since that post, I’ve found some really comforting news! Whole Foods Market is taking steps to make us more aware of products containing obesogens. This means we will be able to make more informed decisions without having to read every label for every product we purchase, they’ve already done some of the work for us. What are they doing to make us more informed consumers?
- The take-out containers in their Prepared Foods Area are made of uncoated “molded pulp”. As mentioned in “Is Your Shampoo Affecting Your Weight Management Goals?”, many leaders in the food industry line use BPA-lined take-out containers to prevent grease and other liquids seeping through the containers.
According to ‘Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World’, some of the take-out containers at Whole Foods are manufactured by a company called ‘EATware’. EATware manufactures the containers using natural raw pulp fibers. The organic containers are water resistant, oil resistant, and free of chemical and insecticides. They are also biodegradable, recyclable and renewable. So, not only are we protecting ourselves, but we are protecting the environment too. Double win!
- On September 23, Whole Foods Market announced that they are moving towards an “eco-scale rating system” on their cleaning products. This new system is expected to be implemented by Earth Day 2012. This will allow time for their current suppliers to meet the new standards being set by Whole Foods Market. According to the Whole Foods Market blog, they are the first major retailer to set standards on their household cleaners.
- All cleaning products will be rated using a color system. No phthalates will be permitted in any cleaning products sold at Whole Foods Market (for a complete list of ingredients that will be considered ‘unacceptable’ for each color rating, check out www.wholefoodsmarket.com/eco-scale/unacceptable.php). All products will be reviewed by a third-party company.
- An “orange” rating will be assigned to those cleaning products that are free of phosphates, chlorine and fake colors.
- A “yellow” rating will be assigned to those cleaning products that contain 100% natural fragrance and have minimal safety concerns
- A “green” rating will be assigned to those cleaning products that contain 100% natural ingredients and non-petroleum ingredients.
- Any products that are rated “red” will contain ingredients that Whole Foods Market has deemed ‘unacceptable’. These products will not be sold in Whole Foods stores.
It doesn’t stop here! Check in tomorrow to read more about what Whole Foods Market is doing to help us reduce our exposure to obesogens!
Whole Foods Market – Products (http://wholefoodsmarket.com/products/)
Inhabitat – EATware Compostable Food Containers (http://inhabitat.com/compostable-containers-by-eatware/)
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