At Green Wedding Slices I post various eco-friendly product reviews. Below is how my rating system works…
All the eco-friendly product I review are rated using my comprehensive review criteria and a five tree system using the pretty little trees you see above.
- 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 individuals 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.