Green Glossary

from b corporation to smart science, here’s how we define some commonly used terms around sustainability.

TERMSDEFINITION
B CORPORATIONsometimes called a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC), this type of company explicitly includes social and environmental benefit in its charter. this means B Corps are both profit-maximizing and benefit-maximizing—in short, they use business for good. there are 1000+ certified B corps worldwide. all B corps measure and report their social and environment impact against the B Impact Assessment. the results are then tallied to give a company an overall B Score (of which 80 is the absolute minimum).
BIODEGRADABLEan ingredient or formula that will degrade into simple and benign components in the environment. Ecover follows the highest technical standard for defining biodegradability, whereby at least 70% of organic ingredients break down within 28 days.
CARBON FOOTPRINTthe amount of carbon it takes to produce and distribute Ecover products. we measure our footprint annually and constantly seeks ways to reduce our carbon emissions wherever we can.
CARBON OFFSETan investment that results in an external reduction of carbon emissions. carbon offsets can take on multiple forms, such as planting trees, investing in renewable energy technologies, or otherwise reducing the quantity of carbon in the atmosphere, thereby reducing global warming.
CRUELTY-FREE
Ecover is certified by Leaping Bunny and Cruelty Free International. we share a collective mission with our sister brand, method, to never test on animals. for more info on how we stand with our animal friends, read our blog.
COMPOSTABLEa material that will break down to simple, benign components in municipal composting conditions.
GREEN CHEMISTRYthe domain of chemistry that encourages the efficient use of safe, renewable chemistry technologies to make products. Ecover relies heavily on green chemistry advances to craft our formulations.
HYPOALLERGENIC
this means an ingredient or product is relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. Ecover clinically validates this claim with testing on typical people. it does not mean an ingredient or product will not cause any allergic reaction or irritation in any person; a small percentage of individuals may have still have some form of allergic reaction or irritation to certain ingredients or products. people with known skin allergies or sensitive skin should consult with their doctor to choose products that are best for them.
NATURAL FRAGRANCErefers to fragrance ingredients that meet the ISO 9235 standard, as it may be amended from time to time.
NATURALLY DERIVED
this refers to an ingredient, formula or product as follows:

• an ingredient made from renewable plant-based materials, abundant minerals and/or water, and that may be modified to provide functionality; the modification may involve synthesizing with sources other than plant and/or mineral sources.

• a formula or product where the functional ingredients (the ones that make the product do their thing, like cleaning or softening), are natural or naturally derived as noted above.

NON-TOXIC
this means that a product is unlikely to cause an adverse health effect in normal or foreseeable use. it does not mean a product will not cause any allergic reaction or irritation in any person; a small percentage of individuals may have still have some form of allergic reaction or irritation to certain ingredients or products. people with known skin allergies or sensitive skin should consult with their doctor to choose products that are best for them.
RECYCLABLEa packaging element or material that can be collected by municipal recycling programs and made into a new material or package.
RECYCLED PLASTICplastic that has been diverted from a waste stream and made into something new (like an Ecover bottle). this includes both PCR (post-consumer recycled) and PIR (post-industrial recycled).
SUSTAINABILITYthe health, community and environmental impact of our products.

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