Hi all. We’ve pilot partnered with Shop Ethical to give ethical grades based on their research through 3rd party sources. I’ve put together one on an update of laundry detergents (not a new test, just an update to an existing test - removed all the detergents that have reformulated).
Feel free to feedback on the presentation of findings, there are plenty of ways I’d like to improve it but we’ve got limitations based on our content management system and developer time.
If it goes well, and Shop Ethical are happy too, we’ll roll it out further.
There’s an explanation for the absence of Coles products, but why are there 2 brands shown with (0) detergents tested? I was hoping to see where Earth Choice sat in the list, as this is what we have used for a few years, and are happy with it.
There are good reasons many of us choose lower environmental impact products. Their powder laundry detergent offers good value and works fine. I only use a half scoop in a cleans load and no more than a 3/4 scoop in the outdoor work wear. Albeit the wash is often run on a warm cycle, or hot if the work gear has been around anything unsavoury.
Hi gordon, We tested Earth Choice whenwe first conducted the test last year, but we’ve had to put them in discontinued since they changed the formula. If you click on Related in filters and tick discontinued, it’ll show up Earth Choice.
We’ll be restesting mid-year, where we’ll add in their new products.
The issue I see is that the ratings are for the company, and not for the product. For example, Aldi was downgrade by Shop Ethical for having high free range stocking rates. That may be relevant to the eggs they sell, but not to their detergents.
The ethical ratings give no indication as to whether the specific detergent product is ethically produced and/or has a low environmental impact or not.
I think that this is a misleading and can give a false sense of security to people who think they are buying low environmental impact goods, but the manufacturer/retailer is highly rated because they have joined a number of organisations, not because the product is environmentally friendlier than another.
Nice, I use Shop Ethical already. Presentation of the rating is good. Despite not having a perfect methodology and only covering certain supply chain issues, I’m not sure what else is available right now. If some system has a better methodology then perhaps it can be adopted when available. Not a reason not to have this imho.
I am talking about my aerated wastewater treatment plant where all my used household water goes. It has its own microbiome that resents major changes in pH. The treated water is reused on green growing plants.
I have been wondering for a while why Choice doesn’t include ethical considerations in its reviews. I also use Shop Ethical and it would be great if Choice could partner with Shop Ethical on more reviews so I don’t have to check against both! I agree there might be issues with scope/methodology and understand why it would be preferable to use an ethical grade for the product, but appreciate there is a lot of complexity there. I really hope this pilot grows into something bigger, as ethics should be a larger part of our purchasing decisions.