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Conservation & Cleaner Chemistry

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conservation
  • RECYCLED, RECLAIMED, REUSED
  • RAPIDLY RENEWABLE
  • PROTECTED/STEWARDED
  • NON-POLLUTING
  • SAFER CHEMISTRY
  • DURABLE
  • WATER SAVER
  • WASTE REDUCER
SMART CHOICES CAN PROTECT NATURAL RESOURCES WITHOUT COMPROMISING LIFESTYLE.

A number of criteria are used to determine if a product helps to conserve or protect natural resources. We look at the type and quantity of material used to make the product, including the percentages of rapidly renewable sources and recycled goods (both pre- and post-consumer) that it contains.

We carry products that help the user save water and the energy to heat water. In addition, we look at the chemical constituents of the products we carry so that they will not harm aquatic ecosystems when they end up in our wastewater.

In fact, Green Depot was recognized by the GC3 (Green Chemistry and Commerce Council) at UMass Lowell in 2009 as one of the leading retailers to screen the chemical composition of their products. Download their report “Best Practices in Product Chemicals Management in the Retail Industry” here.

We also seek out durable products, so as to minimize the need to replace worn-out products with new ones. Finally, we prefer products that are made from well-managed forests and certified by third-party organizations such as the Forest Stewardship Council.

A product is awarded a Conservation icon if it:
  • Fosters preservation of our natural resources: in quantity and quality.
  • Is designed to last longer than mainstream alternatives
  • Carries a third-party certification, such as the Forest Stewardship Council, that verifies responsible sourcing