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All products listed on Pristine Planet must adhere to at least one of our proprietary tags before being accepted into our online catalog. We understand that there is no universal definition for "green" and every product has a footprint so our tagging guidelines are meant to assist you in making informed decisions. We do not define green for you, instead we present the information and allow you to shop based on your personal shade of green. After all, one person's organic sun grown coffee can be a bird habitat protector's nemesis. We want to welcome everyone who is striving to make their world a better place.

Green Tag Definitions

Agave Fibers:
Sisal is an agave that produces stiff fibers and is traditionally used in making rope and twine. Sisal farming initially caused environmental degradation, because the plantations replaced native forests, but it is still considered less damaging than many types of farming. No chemical fertilizers are used in sisal production, and although herbicides are occasionally used, even this impact may be eliminated, since most weeding is done by hand. Ayate is a natural fiber that is woven from the agave salminae plant (Maguey). The fibers are naturally mildew resistance and make an excellent body exfoliator.

Applies to: brushes, brooms, mats, ropes, wash cloths

Aluminum Free:
Aluminum is a metallic element shown to be highly toxic to many species, including humans. As a neurotoxin, it can cause brain disorders, brain malfunction (including reduced glucose absorption by brain cells, and other dementia symptoms), and weakening of bone structure. Americans typically absorb dangerous amounts of aluminum from conventional antiperspirants, cookware, baking soda, antacids, and other sources.

Applies to: deodorant and cookware

Azo Free Dyes:
Azo dyes are any synthetic dyes whose molecular structure contains a nitrogen group. They comprise approximately 70 percent of all fabric coloring dyes, even though there is considerable concern about their carcinogenic status, water solubility, skin absorption potential, and pollution during manufacture and usage.

Applies to: Sewn Goods

Bamboo is a family of thick and sturdy grasses that are ideal for area reforestation, because some varieties can grow four feet in a day, up to 100 feet tall, yielding up to 25 times the lumber of traditional trees, and producing 35 percent more oxygen. Unlike trees, bamboo is easily harvested without damaging the plant, which then regenerates in three to five years. Please note that the process of turning bamboo into fibers suitable for sewn goods is a very chemically intense process. We recommend that you contact the merchant to learn more about a particular brand or product.

Applies to: items made of bamboo

Beeswax, produced naturally by bees, is a terrific alternative to petroleum-based paraffin. Beeswax can be used in the manufacture of candles, cosmetics, inks, ointments, polishes, and other types of products.

Applies to: candles, cosmetics, furniture polish, personal care items

Biodegradable materials are generally plant-based, animal-based or natural mineral-based products. The European Union deems a material biodegradable if it will break down into mostly water, carbon dioxide and organic matter within six months.

Applies to: household cleaners, personal care items, alternatives to plastics specifically designed to biodegrade

BPA Free:
Bisphenol A (BPA), an organic compound, is a component in the manufacture of polymers and polymer additives. It can mimic the body's hormones, thereby disrupting endocrine function. Humans unknowingly ingest BPA through food, because BPA leaches from the plastic lining of packaged foods, such as cans, and polycarbonate plastic food containers, especially those exposed to hot or acidic liquids, or harsh detergents. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has detected BPA in the majority of American adults and children.

Applies to: Plastic items, items that traditionally contain epoxy resin such as food and beverage containers

Buckwheat hulls are the husks that protect the buckwheat kernel. Buckwheat is a natural and renewable alternative to conventional fiberfill, foam, or feather fillings. It has been used in Japan for centuries as a durable filling for pillows (known as makuras).

Applies to: items that contain stuffing such as pillows, toys, and mattresses

Carbon Neutral:
According to Wikipedia, being carbon neutral, or having a zero carbon footprint, refers to achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing a measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset. The carbon neutral goal can be attained by a reduction in fossil fuel consumption, or by carbon offsetting which is paying others to remove the carbon dioxide through planting trees or by funding carbon projects.

Applies to: Any business with a carbon neutral operation or any item that has a carbon neutral manufacturing process

Carbon Offsets:
A carbon offset is a financial mechanism representing a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. One carbon offset represents the reduction of one metric ton of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent in other greenhouse gases. Offsets are typically generated from emissions-reducing projects. The most common project type is renewable energy, such as wind farms, hydroelectric dams or biomass energy. Some merchants offer offsets or points for purchases to compensate for greenhouse emissions generated during shipping and manufacturing.

Applies to: Any business that offers carbon offsets for purchases or any product that has purchased offsets for manufacturing.

Cast Iron:
Cast iron does not need to be coated to prevent it from leeching unhealthy amounts of metal into food. Cast iron does, however, leach small amounts of iron into the food which can be beneficial to those with anemia. Cast iron cookware is sometimes enameled for ease of use. Seasoned cast iron develops a natural non stick surface over time.

Applies to: cookware

Catch and Release:
Catch and Release is practiced by recreational fisherman and is meant to promote conservation. After a fish is captured it is unhooked and returned to the water before experiencing injury or exhaustion. Using barbless hooks helps prevent fatal damage and it is often possible to release the fish without removing it from the water.

Applies to: Fishing

Certified Organic:
Organic certification programs are designed to regulate the standards of any farm, wild crop harvesting enterprise, or agricultural handling operation that seeks to distribute and sell a product and label it as organically produced. There are several organizations that offer accreditation including Australian Certified Organic (ACO), Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTC), ECOCERT, QAI Certified Organic, Skal Certified Organic, and USDA Certified Organic. Please read the product descriptions carefully as some products may be comprised of certified organic ingredients, but the final product itself may not be certified.

Applies to: any product that is comprised of or carries an accredited organic certification seal

Charitable Donations:
Charitable donation applies to any organization that donates all or a portion of its profits to environmental and/or socially responsible charities. Examples of these non profits include 1% for the Planet and Potters for Peace just to name a few.

Applies to: Any merchant donating a portion of profits to charitable organizations.

Chlorine Free:
Chlorine is a highly irritating, gaseous halogen used as a disinfectant and bleaching agent. Many industrial bleaching plants use elemental chlorine, which, when combined with the lignin found in pulp, forms pollutants such as chloroform and dioxins, which are released into the plant's wastewater. Once these toxic chemicals are free in the environment they can accumulate in people and animals. Numerous studies have shown a direct link between dioxins, cancer, birth defects and reproductive issues.

Applies to: Apparel, Paper products, household cleaners that traditionally contain chlorine

Coir is the fiber found between the husk and outer shell of a coconut. The tough fibers make excellent mats, brushes, sacking and twine. It is semi water proof and it naturally resists damage from salt water. Once considered a waste by-product, coir is also used for mulch and soil treatments.

Applies to: doormats, brushes, mattresses, twine, soil treatments

Compost is a mixture of decaying organic matter, such as grass and tree clippings, fruit and vegetable refuse, and manure. Compost can be utilized to provide nutrients for agricultural soil, thereby improving soil structure and food growing potential, without the need for artificial fertilizers. Compost may be comprised of any part of a carbon based organism, plant or animal, or any plant based materials specially designed for composting.

Applies to: Items that can be composted or are related to the act of composting.

Conflict Free:
Conflict-free diamonds and jewelry are of a certified origin and are guaranteed not to be obtained through the use of violence, human rights abuses, child labor, or environmental destruction.

Applies to: diamonds, precious stones, precious metals

Cork is harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree, native to southwest Europe and northwest Africa. Most commercial cork forests are located in Portugal, Spain and Italy. Once the trees mature to 25 years, the bark is harvested every 9 years. The trees have a life span of 200 years. Cork is considered sustainable because of its ease of recycling and regenerative origins.

Applies to: bottle stoppers, shoes, flooring, trivets

Cradle to Cradle Certified:
Instead of designing cradle-to-grave products, dumped in landfills at the end of their 'life,' MBDC transforms industry by creating products for cradle-to-cradle cycles, whose materials are perpetually circulated in closed loops. Maintaining materials in closed loops maximizes material value without damaging ecosystems. Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM is a certification mark of MBDC.

Applies to: any certified product

Cruelty Free:
Cruelty free is a philosophy of life which aims to avoid all products which are produced as a result of cruelty to animals. No aspect of the product has been tested on animals which includes the ingredient list as well as the finished product.

Applies to: personal care items, cosmetics, household cleaners, pest control, leather alternatives

DEET Free:
DEET was originally created for pesticide use on farm fields, but in 1946 was implemented into military use and in 1957 it was introduced to the civilian population. DEET can act as an irritant and in rare cases, it may cause skin reactions. A study from Cornell University found that "Everglades National Park employees having extensive DEET exposure were more likely to have insomnia, mood disturbances and impaired cognitive function than were lesser exposed co-workers". Though DEET is not expected to bioaccumulate, it has been found to have a slight toxicity for coldwater fish, and significant levels have been detected in waterways as a result of production and use. A 1991 study found elevated levels of DEET in the Mississippi river and its tributaries.

Applies to: Insect Repellent

Dye Free:
Traditional synthetic clothing dyes are poisonous and toxic. Dixon (a carcinogen and possible hormone disruptor), heavy metals (known carcinogens) and formaldehyde (a probable carcinogen) are common chemicals used in clothing dyes. The waste water and sludge resulting from the dyeing process are environmental pollutants, as well as hazardous to factory workers. Dyes found in detergents and personal care items can be irritants for those with sensitive skin or allergies.

Applies to: sewn goods, detergents, personal care items.

Eco Educational:
Items that educate individuals on the benefits of being green and/or socially responsible.

Applies to: books, DVD, and games

Energy Star:
The Energy Star mark is a government program overseen by the EPA and DOE which uses a systematic process that is based on, among other things, pollution and energy consumption analyses. The Energy Star mark indentifies products that have significant gains in energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

Applies to: Any product or building that has received the Energy Star mark.

Ethical Tea Partnership:
The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) is an alliance of tea packers who work together to improve the sustainability of the tea sector. The ETP members share a vision of a thriving industry that is socially just and environmentally sustainable. ETP aims to improve the lives of tea workers and ensure that tea drinkers can be confident that the tea in their cup has been produced in an environmentally and socially sustainable way.

Applies to: Tea

Fair Trade Certified:
Fair trade is an organized movement which promotes standards for international labor, environmentalism, and social policy in areas related to production of goods. Fair trade focuses on exports from developing countries to developed countries. The intent is to work with marginalized producers and workers in order to help them move to security and economic self-sufficiency. Products with this tag must be fair trade certified by an accredited organization.

Applies to: Fair Trade Certification is currently available in the U.S. for coffee, chocolate, cocoa, flowers, fresh fruit, fruit juice, herbs, nut and oil seed, quinoa, rice, seed cotton, shea butter, sport balls, sugar, tea, vanilla, wine grapes

Fairly Traded:
There is currently no third-party fair trade certification in the United States for crafts, housewares, garments, and related products. At this time, TransFair USA only certifies agricultural products. However, there are importers and retailers that adhere to general fair trade principles, including establishing direct, long-term relationships with suppliers, paying fair prices, and assuring safe working conditions.

Applies to: Apparel, crafts, jewelry

Flax (also known as Linseed) is grown for its seeds and fibers. Uses include paper, soap, fabric and dyes. Flax seeds are nutritious in their own right, and provide linseed oil, which is quite high in omega-3 fatty acids. The cultivation of flax requires few fertilizers or pesticides and can be harvested for fiber after 100 days.

Applies to: food, apparel, bedding

Formaldehyde Free:
Formaldehyde is a highly reactive hydrocarbon used in the creation of dyes, fertilizers, embalming fluids, and resins. In an aqueous solution, it is used as a disinfectant and preservative. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen.

Applies to: Apparel, furnishings, personal care items

Fragrance Free:
95% of chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum. Most of these chemicals are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that easily evaporate and become airborne due to their volatile nature. Many VOCs are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans. Although cosmetics are required by the Food and Drug Administration to list ingredients, no law requires products of any kind to list chemicals used in fragrances.

Applies to: cosmetics, personal care items, household cleaners

Free Range:
Free range describes any livestock, as well as their method of being raised, such that the animals are allowed to roam and graze freely, instead of being constrained and fed within holding pens. As a result, they typically enjoy a more diverse diet, greater contentment, less stress, lower incidences of disease, and improved muscle tone.

Applies to: dairy, eggs, and meat

Glass is impermeable and nonporous, which makes it an excellent non-leaching option for food and beverage containers. It is completely recyclable, with no waste byproducts.

Applies to: Food and beverage containers, cookware

Global Organic Textile Standard:
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is a standard for organic textiles that provides an assurance to the end consumer that the manufacturing process from raw material acquisition through labeling was done in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

Applies to: Any organic textile item that meets the GOTS standards

Gluten Free:
Gluten free diet excludes foods that contain gluten, a protein found in barley, rye, wheat, kamut, spelt, malts and triticale. It is also found as a food additive or flavoring often in the form of dextrin.

Applies to: Food

GMO Free:
A genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. These techniques, generally known as recombinant DNA technology, use DNA molecules from different sources, which are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes. The use of genetically modified organisms has sparked controversy. Some groups see the generation and use of GMO as intolerable meddling with biological states or processes that have naturally evolved over long periods of time, while others are concerned about the limitations of modern science to fully comprehend all of the potential negative ramifications of genetic manipulation.

Applies to: Food

Green Seal Approved:
Green Seal is an independent nonprofit organization which provides science-based environmental and human health certification standards and product evaluations, using internationally accepted methodologies. Any product displaying the Green Seal Certification Mark has undergone a stringent assessment of its entire lifecycle, from raw materials used in its manufacture, to disposal or recycling of that product.

Applies to: any product carrying the green seal of approval

Green-e Certified:
Green-e is a US-based consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. Organizations that display the Green-e logo can only do so after purchasing renewable energy certified by Green-e , or by generating a qualifying amount of electricity from an eligible source.

Applies to: Any item that has the Green-e certification

Handmade items have been made or prepared by hand rather than by machine.

Applies to: all products made by hand

Hemp is one of the strongest natural fibers available -- up to three times stronger than cotton. Hemp can be grown in most climates and without the need for chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers (using the correct cultivation and rotation practices). Hemp is an excellent option for natural fiber clothing, cordage, and twine -- instead of petroleum-based synthetics.

Applies to: Any item comprised of hemp

ISO Certified:
The ISO 14000 family addresses various aspects of environmental management. Its goal is to identify and control the environmental impact of its activities, products or services, and to improve its environmental performance while implementing a systematic approach to setting environmental objectives and targets.

Applies to: any product or service that has produced under these standards

Jute is a natural, inexpensive, and versatile fiber that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. It is completely renewable and biodegradable, and can be grown with little or no fertilizer or pesticides.

Applies to: items that are made of jute

Kapok is the silky fiber obtained from the fruit of the tree of the same name, also known as the silk-cotton tree. Kapok is a very durable and buoyant fiber, making it ideal for both insulation in life preservers, as well as padding in pillows, mattresses, and upholstery. It is thus a plant-based, renewable, and humane alternative to down feathers and man-made materials.

Applies to: items that contain stuffing such as pillows, toys, and mattresses

Similar to jute, kenaf is a promising alternative to trees for providing fibers used in papermaking. It contains approximately 25 percent less lignin than does wood fiber, and thus requires less energy and chemicals for pulping process. By way of comparison, southern pine (a favorite for tree-based fiber) must grow for at least 14 years before becoming harvestable, while kenaf grows over 12 feet within five months, and is then ready to be harvested. Per acre, it provides 5-10 tons of dry fiber, which is at least three times that of southern pine.

Applies to: paper goods

Lead Free:
Lead is a poisonous metal that can damage nervous connections and cause blood and brain disorders. Long term exposure to lead can cause nephropathy, and colic-like abdominal pains. Lead can affect almost every organ and system in the body. Lead has been shown many times to permanently reduce the cognitive capacity of children at extremely low levels of exposure.

Applies to: ceramics, fasteners, finishes, glass, pewter, vinyl

LEED Certified:
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a "green" building rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It comprises standards for judging the environmental sustainability of any proposed or existing construction project.

Applies to: Certified professionals and buildings

Legna Fabric:
Legna (pronounced LANE-ya) is a fiber that is woven from a new generation of cellulose yarns created from the wood pulp of sustainably harvested forests grown in accordance with Europe’s strict ecological guidelines, involving the continuous recycling of 99.6 percent of the bleach-free solvent and water. It feels like silk, but washes and wears like cotton.

Applies to: bedding and apparel

Low Impact Dyes:
The manufacturing and use of traditional and fiber-reactive dyes can have adverse environmental consequences far beyond what is suspected by the public. Up to 25 percent of such dyes are not retained by the fabric, but instead are released into the waste water treatment system, from whence they are put back into the local water table. There are less evasive alternatives to traditional dyes, but the process of dyeing has an inherent environmental impact. Pristine Planet suggests contacting merchants directly for information about the dyeing process used in their products.

Applies to: apparel

Low Impact Ink:
Soy ink is made from soybeans, quite unlike traditional petroleum-based ink. The soy plant offers some ecological advantages: it requires little to no irrigation, results in less agricultural residues in comparison with similar crop plants, and requires a more limited set of nutrients. Soy ink is more easily removed from paper prior to recycling, and contains lower levels of volatile organic compounds. Water based inks do not contain PVC. The FDA acknowledges that the building block of PVC, vinyl chloride, is a human carcinogen.

Applies to: Paper products, apparel

Low/Zero VOC:
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids, include a variety of chemicals, some of which are believed to cause short- and long-term health damage. VOC emitting products include paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, photocopiers and printers, and permanent markers. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets standards of low omission by which products can be classified as "Zero VOC" or "Low VOC".

Applies to: paint, paint thinners, adhesives, sealants, household cleaners, items comprised of these materials

Made in USA:
The Made in USA mark is a country of origin label indicating the product is "all or virtually all" made in the U.S. The products and merchants must demonstrate other eco characteristics other than solely being made in the USA, but this tag ensures that the products were made under fair working conditions and the environmental carbon footprint is minimized due to reduced shipping distances.

Applies to: all products made in the USA

Modal Fabric:
Modal is a plant-based fiber manufactured from reconstituted cellulose taken from beech trees, similar to rayon. It has many advantages over cotton: It is color-fast when washed in warm water, can be dyed just as easily, does not pill, is resistant to fading and shrinkage, and absorbs approximately 50 percent more water.

Applies to: apparel, towels, bedding

MSC Certified:
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is a global organization working with fisheries, seafood companies, scientists, conservation groups, and the public to promote ecologically responsible and sustainable fishing. They pursue these goals through a fishery certification program and seafood product labeling.

Applies to: fish and seafood

Natural Health:
Although almost every clothing, bedding, and personal care product listed on Pristine Planet can be considered a Natural Health alternative, the products with this tag are alternatives to conventional health products and products used to eleviate chemicals in the environment.

Applies to: vitamins, herbs, aromatherapy, water filtration, air filtration, pet supplements

Natural Latex:
Natural rubber is an elastic hydrocarbon polymer that is obtained from the milky colloidal suspension known as latex, found in the sap of some plants -- most notably rubber trees. It is used extensively in many products. The environmental advantages of natural rubber depend upon what conventional materials they can replace. For instance, latex mattresses last many times longer than conventional mattresses made of synthetic fabrics, harvested wood, and mined metals.

Applies to: shoes, mattresses, pillows

Non Toxic Finish:
Natural finishes are those that are composed of water-based or vegetable-based materials, of a food grade quality. They contain no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) usually found in conventional finishes. This tag also applies to unfinished items.

Applies to: furniture and toys

Non Toxic Pest Control:
Products that combat pest control issues with natural substances, essential oils and other non toxic ingredients and techniques.

Applies to: pest control products

Oeko-Tex Certified:
The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is an international testing and certification system for the worldwide textile and clothing industry, and is designed to provide objective assessment of potentially harmful substances. It is developed and shared among the members of the International Oeko-Tex Association, which test and certify raw materials and finished products.

Applies to: Apparel

Products with the Organic tag should be comprised of a minimum of 70% organic materials and should be organically certified or processed in accordance with the Organic Trade Association’s definition of organic which is a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. Organically produced foods also must be produced without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, genetic engineering and other excluded practices, sewage sludge, or irradiation.

Applies to: all products meeting the organic criteria

Paraben Free:
Parabens are chemicals that are used extensively as antimicrobial and fungicidal preservatives in cosmetic products, in pharmaceuticals, and in food and beverages. While there has been no conclusive studies showing parabens to be dangerous to humans, traces of them have been found in some breast cancer tumors. Other studies have shown that parabens exhibit properties similar to estrogen, which is a female hormone known to cause unusually high cell growth and division.

Applies to: Personal care products

PBDE Free:
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) are organic compounds that are utilized as flame retardants, and are thus found in building materials, furnishings, and even clothing. PBDEs are known to accumulate in the tissue and the blood, and there is growing evidence that PBDEs can be toxic to the liver, thyroid, and neurological system.

Applies to: Furnishings

Phosphate Free:
Phosphates, which are salts of phosphoric acid, are used extensively for various industrial and agricultural purposes, including use in detergents. Consequently, phosphates leach into rivers and other waterways, where they serve as a food source for algae. In turn, excessive algae growth reduces the oxygen levels of those waters, killing native fish and other aquatic creatures.

Applies to: detergents, soaps, household cleaners

Phthalate Free:
Phthalates are esters of phthalic acid, and are primarily utilized to increase the flexibility of plastics, and in gelling agents, emulsifying agents, and suspending agents. Humans ingest phthalates mainly through diet and inhalation of airborne particles. Phthalates are found in many personal care products, including deodorant, hair spray, nail polish and perfume. The majority of Americans tested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed traces of multiple phthalates. High doses in rodents have been shown to change hormone levels and cause birth defects.

Applies to: Personal care products, plastic items

Pine Viscose:
A unique fabric created from pine tree trimmings consisting essentially of a mixture of white pine wood fibers and fibers of another natural material derived from plant materials.

Applies to: any product comprised on pine viscose material

Plant a Tree:
Some merchants will plant a tree in honor of your purchase, or to offset the carbon emissions associated with the production and shipping of an item.

Applies to: Any item or merchant that plants a tree.

Profit Sharing:
Profit sharing is a system in which a commercial firm distributes some of its profits directly to its employees. Products with this tag must demonstrate other characteristics of ecological worth; but this tag indicates that the organization is contributing to the economic future of its employees beyond salary and other employee benefits.

Applies to: Any merchant that participates in a profit sharing program.

PVC Free:
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a commonly used plastic. As a vinyl resin, it can be made rigid and then used in pipes, upholstery, and countless other product areas. With the addition of plasticizers, it can be made flexible and used for such purposes as food packaging film or children's toys. The FDA acknowledges that the building block of PVC, vinyl chloride, is a human carcinogen. Greenpeace claims that the poison dioxin is produced as a byproduct of PVC manufacturing and incineration.

Applies to: Plastics, screen printing

Recycled Products are comprised of materials that have been extracted from the garbage or waste.

Applies to: all products comprised of recycled content

Resource Conserving:
Products with this tag demonstrate an energy savings over traditional alternatives. These items use less resources to perform the same function as the traditional options.

Applies to: compact florescent lighting, LED lighting, low flow showerheads, solar, wind and alternative fuels, rechargeable batteries, cloth diapers, reusable shopping totes

Shade Grown:
There is no official definition of "shade grown," but several organizations are working to certify shade grown coffees that are grown under conditions that preserve biodiversity. Shade grown coffees protect the natural biodiversity, including bird habits, in the coffee growing regions.

Applies to: Coffee

Silk is the name for both the fiber produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons (particularly silkworms) and the thread made from the fiber. It is a chemical-free alternative to man-made fibers and conventional cotton. Some animal rights activists take issue with the harvesting of silk from the larvae's cocoon, since it kills the larvae; but some silks are harvested without harming the larvae.

Applies to: Silk Items

SLS Free:
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a surfactant used in many cleaning and hygiene products. SLS has not been proven to be carcinogenic however it is a strong surfactant and a number of health concerns have been raised in published reports. SLS in toothpaste may cause aphthous ulcers (canker soars), and it has been shown to cause irritation of the skin with prolonged and constant exposure. Animal studies have shown SLS to be an eye and skin irritant.

Applies to: personal care items and cleaners

Solvent Free Decaffeination:
The traditional process of decaffeinating coffee and tea involves the use of solvents such as ethyl acetate or dichloromethane. Natural processes such as the Swiss Water and the Canadian patented C02 process are considered much more environmentally friendly do to the lack of toxic solvents required.

Applies to: Coffee and Tea

Soy Fibers:
Soy protein fiber is a man-made fiber produced by liquefaction and extrusion of soy protein (from the waste product of tofu manufacturing) into long fibers, which are then processed similar to other spinning fibers. The resultant yarn possesses the luster of silk and a texture similar to linen and high-quality cotton.

Applies to: Any item comprised of soy fibers

Soy/Vegetable Wax:
Soy candles are made using soy wax, which is produced from partially hydrogenated soybean oil. A relatively recent invention (1991), soy wax was developed as a cheaper alternative to beeswax.

Applies to: candles

Stainless Steel:
Stainless steel is defined as any steel alloy with a minimum of 11.5 percent chromium content by mass. It is noncorrosive, and thus an ideal choice for beverage and food containers, as well as utensils and cooking containers. It is usually manufactured from approximately 60 percent recycled material, and is itself 100 percent recyclable.

Applies to: Food and beverage containers, cookware

Sustainable Forestry:
Tree farming refers to environmentally responsible stewardship of forest areas, and sustainable production of timber for the long term. Organizations that manage forests include Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) which pledges to practice sustainable forestry on all of the lands that they manage and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) which is an international non-profit organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests, protection against habitat destruction, and protection of indigenous peoples.

Applies to: wood, paper products, rubber, harvested botanicals

Sweatshop Free:
Sweatshops are commonly characterized by low pay, poor working conditions, safety violations, and generally inhumane treatment of employees.

Applies to: shoes, apparel, rugs, ceramics, and toys that have a clear documentation of working conditions

Tampico Fiber:
Tampico fibers are sourced from the Agave Lechuguilla plant which is native to Mexico. The plant’s leaves are long and tough which make the fibers ideal for making rope, mats and brushes.

Applies to: brushes, brooms, mats, ropes

TENCEL is Lenzing Fibers’ brand name for lyocell, which is a sturdy, biodegradable, wood cellulose fiber resistant to shrinkage, and used in the manufacture of a fabric that is quite wrinkle resistant and provides an excellent drape. The manufacturing process utilizes a nontoxic solvent that is later recycled. TENCEL itself is completely biodegradable.

Applies to: apparel

Tree Free:
Tree free products are made from materials that are more eco-friendly than lumber, pulp, and other components from trees.

Applies to: products traditionally made from trees

Veganism is a lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. Items with this tag do not contain animal products or animal derived ingredients. The individual ingredients as well as the final product have not been tested on animals.

Applies to: food items that are animal free alternatives to traditional products, cosmetics, personal care, shoes, household cleaners

Wild Crafted:
The term wildcrafting refers to the practice of harvesting plants in their natural habitat, for food, medicine or other purposes. In most cases, only the flowers or branches of the plant are taken, and the plant is left alive; or, if it is necessary to harvest the entire plant, then seeds of the plant are placed in the resultant hole from which the plant was taken, so a new one -- or many plants -- can replace the one harvested.

Applies to: Herbs, personal care items containing wild crafted ingredients

Wool Fiber:
Wool is the dense and soft hair comprising the coat of sheep and some other mammals, including goats and alpaca. Wool is biodegradable, renewable, remarkably warm (even when wet), and requires no pesticides since sheep, similar to goats, are able to graze successfully on a variety of grasses and other plants.

Applies to: apparel and bedding

Wrap Certified:
Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) is a US-based, independent, nonprofit organization that offers an apparel certification program to monitor and certify compliance with set standards intended to ensure lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing in the worldwide textile industry. WRAP monitors factories for compliance with the standards, and also disseminates information throughout the industry.

Applies to: sewn goods

Pristine Planet's green tags are meant to assist you in making informed decisions about the products listed on our site. If you have additional questions, Pristine Planet encourages you to contact the merchant selling the item as they will be able to answer specific questions regarding a product. The green tags are the proprietary information of Pristine Planet and cannot be used or copied without express written consent.