Greenwashed by Simple Green? Ask Annie
I’ve been using Simple Green for years thinking that it is an eco-friendly product, but a friend told me recently that they thought it was not green. What is your opinion? –Sally, KY
Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) published the results of a study of five of the leading cleaning product companies regarding the use and labeling of toxic ingredients in products. The study is called The Dirt on Cleaning Products, and Simple Green, manufactured by Sunshine Makers Inc., is one of the companies investigated.
The Dirt on Cleaning Chemical Companies report card about Sunshine Makers Inc./ Simple Green was that their product ingredient disclosure received a D+; their responsiveness to consumer concerns received an F; their toxic chemicals screening process received a D+; the toxic chemicals in their products received a C; the number of cleaning products on the market was 15; and the number of products that contain chemicals of concern were eight. The chemical of biggest concern cited by WVE is 2-butoxyethanol.
The report from scorecard.org about this chemical is that it is a suspected:
Cardiovascular or Blood Toxicant
Gastrointestinal or Liver Toxicant
Skin or Sense Organ Toxicant
Yes, I’d say if you were led to believe that Simple Green was a “green” product then you have been a victim of greenwashing!