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The Race to Save the World is releasing on Virtual Cinema this Earth Day. Instead of focusing on paralyzing facts and numbers this inspiring feature takes a unique approach by following passionate activists, ages 15-72, who are in the trenches fighting for a livable future. These brave climate warriors put their lives on the line to push for change, regardless of the personal cost.

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At EcoWatch, our goal is to help readers find eco-friendly brands, products, and services that can create a more sustainable future. We review products that we believe can make a difference, and evaluate them on how well they live up to any claims about their environmental impact. We thoroughly research, compare, and test different products to find ones that we would use ourselves before we recommend them to you.

Our Review Standards

From reusable bags and recycled plastic shoes to solar panels and natural supplements, we approach every review with the same core set of standards in mind:

  1. Accuracy - Is the information true?
  2. Impact - Does the product make a difference?
  3. Transparency - Do we explain our review clearly?
  4. Accessibility - Can everyone understand our review?
  5. Positivity - Does our review help provide solutions?

Our Top Considerations

In addition to these overarching standards, here are the specific factors that we look for when evaluating eco-friendly products and brands.

  • Materials/ingredients - We look for products that use all-natural ingredients and sustainably sourced materials. We prioritize brands that use organic, recycled, or biodegradable materials whenever possible.
  • Green Certifications - We use recognized industry standards and certifications, like B-Corp, USDA Organic, Leaping Bunny, and Rainforest Alliance seals, to help distinguish the most eco-friendly brands and products from the rest.
  • Quality - The products we review need to both help the environment and actually work. Whether it's an alternative to paper towels or an all-natural sleep aid, we want to make certain that it is actually worth your consideration.
  • Packaging - The amount of packaging waste a product creates matters, and we highlight brands that minimize packaging and use recyclable, biodegradable, or compostable materials instead of plastics.
  • Price - In the eco-space, cheaper is not always better. Still, we try to compare all of your options to ensure that anything we recommend is fairly priced and worth the cost. Whenever possible, we highlight deals and less-expensive options.
  • Causes - We love brands that donate a portion of their profits to great causes. We try to recommend options that allow you to support organizations that make a difference with your purchase.

If a certain category of products has additional or unique standards to consider, we explain those clearly so you can fully understand everything that went into our reviews.

Our Process

Each of our reviews includes several different steps to make sure that we provide accurate, honest, and useful recommendations.

Industry Research

Our first step involves researching the industry or product category broadly. This allows us to learn more about industry standards, governmental regulations, how products work, how performance and quality are measured, and the leading brands to compare. During this step, we work to become experts on the details.

Brand Evaluations

Next, we look more closely at the top brands or products that we discover in our initial research. This involves thoroughly vetting the brand's site to see what makes them stand out and what types of products they offer. We look for information on the brand's sustainability efforts, philosophy, and environmental impact.

Product Reviews

In this step, we dig into the details of the individual products or services. Where possible, we try to get our hands on the product itself to test and evaluate. We then scrutinize the claims made by the brand in any product descriptions and specifications to see if they hold up, and how they compare to industry standards and competitors.

Recommendations

Finally, we write up our review and include a ranked list of the best options. We do our best to provide plenty of context in our reviews so that you know how we chose the products on our list, and why. In addition to our recommendations, we give you the links to all of our sources of information.

Reviewing Eco-Friendly Products

An important thing to note about eco-friendly products is that some industries or categories have more options than others. We always try to prioritize brands with the smallest environmental footprint and products that can make the biggest impact.

In certain cases, however, there may not be a brand or product that truly meets our standards of sustainability, or that offer imperfect solutions (like a good product that includes too much plastic packaging). In those cases, we will always note the areas where brands or products fall short environmentally and explain why we still recommend them anyway. If a company pledges to do better through changes to process, we will follow up to see if they live up to those pledges.

By doing our best to highlight goods and services that prioritize environmental stewardship, we hope to promote better practices throughout entire industries.

If you have any questions about our review methodology or any of the products we recommend, please email us at [email protected]

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About EcoWatch
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EcoWatch is a long-time leader in environmental news. Founded in 2005 as an Ohio-based environmental newspaper, today we are a digital platform still dedicated to publishing quality, science-based content on environmental issues, causes, and solutions. While we've grown from a grassroots newspaper of 80,000 print copies to a site with a digital audience of more than two million monthly readers, we are still committed to our founding principle: creating a sustainable future.

Our Mission

Our goal is to empower readers to make informed, environmentally-conscious decisions that support a sustainable future for everyone. Through trustworthy environmental news, solution-based guides, and responsible product reviews, we want to help both the newly-concerned citizen and the veteran environmental activist be part of the solution every single day. Our hope is that we can help everyone become engaged, adopt sustainable practices, and support environmental policies.

We believe that our choices are a powerful force, and that together we can make better choices to create a better future for the planet, for wildlife, and for humanity.

Our Standards

The entire team at EcoWatch is committed to trustworthiness, integrity, and quality in every aspect of our work. Whether it is news and editorial content or product reviews and guides, everything we publish is thoroughly vetted and fact-checked by our staff of editors. Below you can find more specific information on our approach to adhering to high standards both news and reviews publication.

You can also read our Ethics Statement and Affiliate Disclosure for more information.

Editorial Standards

Trustworthiness, accuracy, and reliability come first at EcoWatch. The editorial team stays committed to strict journalistic standards in all stages of news production. We commit to publishing news that is unbiased, objective, accurate, diverse, and fair.

The reporters and editors at EcoWatch adhere to all applicable laws and journalistic standards, including, the Society of Professional Journalists Ethics Code, FTC Guidelines on Disclosure, U.S. Copyright Law, and the Fair Use doctrine.

Additionally, our reporters and editors adhere to strict standards when sourcing facts, data, and claims. The editorial team sources information from reputable and official sources, such as government organizations, official records, scholarly reports, and expert interviews. All sources are hyperlinked within news articles.

Our editorial team is committed to issuing corrections for factual errors on EcoWatch's news stories. We stay transparent about factual errors in our publication. Errors on EcoWatch are addressed swiftly. Once the error has been corrected, a note is issued at the bottom of the news story.

If you spot an error and want to let us know, send us an email at [email protected] We appreciate all feedback.

Review Standards

To help readers make smarter decisions about the products and services in their daily lives, we review eco-friendly brands we know care about the environment and products that we think can make a difference. Every review on our site is created with the following standards in mind:

Accurate - We dig deep into every category and every brand so we can tell fact from fiction. All of the claims in our reviews are backed by credible sources and fact checked by editors. We work to see through greenwashing by brands who just offer talking points.

Impactful - We believe in the products we recommend and aim to review a wide variety of categories and brands. To earn our recommendation, an item or brand must provide a genuine benefit to the planet and your health. We scrutinize everything from the sourcing of materials and the footprint of the manufacturing process to the amount of packaging waste produced. We look for products that meet the highest standards of industry watchdogs and eco-certifications.

Transparent - We seek to explain how we review each category and why we recommend a particular product or service. The goal is for you to leave our site with more than just a list of products to try. We want you to leave our site with the knowledge to identify additional solutions and opportunities to make an impact on your own. All sponsored content is clearly labeled so you know and trust what you're reading.

Accessible - No matter who you are or where you are on your journey towards a more environmentally-conscious life, you are welcome here. Our reviews are written so that anyone can understand what environmental issue is at stake, why addressing it is important, and how the service or product we recommend can help.

Positive - There are habits and choices we can all adopt to be better stewards of our planet and each other. We understand that beyond individual actions, systemic changes may be needed. Accordingly, we aim to provide the information and insights necessary for all of us to find solutions and make a difference, together.

You can learn more about our process by visiting our Reviews Methodology page.

How We Make Money

Each product featured in our reviews has been independently selected by the writer based on our standards and any industry-specific criteria. We do have financial relationships with certain affiliates, advertisers, sponsors and other third parties that we review. If you make a purchase using a link to one of these affiliates, we may earn a commission on that sale. An affiliate disclosure is always included on the page of any content that contains an affiliate link.

Also, you may see third party ads posted on the site. Each time you click on such an ad, we will receive compensation from the third party advertiser, even if you do not purchase something from the third party.
While there is a paid connection between some of the products or services mentioned, reviewed, or recommended on our site, we still seek to provide our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, and experiences as they relate to the products and services that we review.

All sponsored content is clearly labeled as such, and our affiliate relationships do not influence the accuracy or quality of our reviews content.

For information about our commitment to privacy and our use of cookies, please see our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Meet Our Team

Irma Omerhodzic

Managing Editor

Irma joined the EcoWatch team in August 2015 as an editorial assistant after graduating from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University with a bachelor's degree. She was then EcoWatch's associate editor until August 2019. Since August of 2019, Irma has been earning her master's degree from the E.W. Scripps School.

Born in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Irma moved to the U.S. in 1997 after having been refuged to Germany as a result of the Yugoslavian civil war.

She is passionate about coming together as a collective unit for the planet, in order to restore Earth back to its natural state of balance and unity. In her spare time, Irma enjoys hikes with her dog Myla, riding her bike and listening to podcasts.

Chris McDermott


Senior Editor

Chris has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia and a B.S. from Cornell University, where he studied human development and environmental analysis.

He was a staff writer for The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, and a contributor to Flagpole Magazine and Georgia Magazine.

Born in New York, he's immersed in writing and music projects, and enjoys bicycling, hiking, swimming and travel.

Meredith Rosenberg

Senior Editor

Meredith holds a Master's from the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in NYC and a B.A. from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Prior to joining EcoWatch, Meredith spent years working in the travel sector, whether freelance writing for outlets such as Travel Channel and CNN Travel or working on staff at Conde Nast Traveler.

She's based in NJ, where she finds sanity through her 15-year yoga practice and hiking in local reservations. She'd love to own an animal sanctuary.

Olivia Rosane

Contributing Reporter

Olivia has been writing on the internet for more than five years and has covered social movements for YES! Magazine and ecological themes for Real Life. For her recent master's in Art and Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, she completed a creative dissertation imagining sustainable communities surviving in post-climate-change London.

She has lived in New York, Vermont, London, and Seattle, but wherever she lives, she likes to go to the greenest place she can find, take long, meandering walks, and write poems about its wildflowers.

Follow her on Twitter @orosane.

Tiffany Duong

Contributing Reporter

Tiffany is an avid ocean advocate. She holds degrees from UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and is an Al Gore Climate Reality Leader and student member of The Explorer's Club.

She spent years as a renewable energy lawyer in L.A. before moving to the Amazon to conduct conservation fieldwork (and revamp her life). She eventually landed in the Florida Keys as a scientific scuba diver and field reporter and writes about the oceans, climate, and the environment from her slice of paradise.

When she's not underwater, she can be found on her yoga mat or planning her next adventure.

Follow her on Twitter/Instagram @lilicedt.

Randy Showstack

Contributing Reporter

Randy has covered environmental, climate, energy, earth science, and natural hazards issues for decades, focusing on policy, politics, and science in these areas. He most recently was senior staff writer for Eos, a news service of the Earth and space sciences published by the American Geophysical Union.

A graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Randy also is the president of the Society of Professional Journalists' Washington, D.C. Chapter.

Follow him on Twitter @RandyShowstack.

Melissa Smith

Contributing Reporter

Melissa is an avid writer, scuba diver, backpacker, and all-around outdoor enthusiast. She graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in journalism and sustainable studies. Before joining EcoWatch, Melissa worked as the managing editor of Scuba Diving magazine and the communications manager of The Ocean Agency, a non-profit that's featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary Chasing Coral.

Along with writing about the environment, Melissa volunteers with the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society, Florida Trail Association, and the Turtle Survival Alliance, through which she holds a state permit to conduct freshwater turtle research in Florida's springs. Melissa is also a founding member of the Fridays For Future chapter in Orlando, Florida.

Alan Carter, PharmD

Medical Advisor

Scientific Advisor, Medical Reviewer, and Clinical Pharmacist

Adjunct Faculty, UMKC School of Pharmacy

An experienced PharmD who has served as Principal Investigator for NIH Drug Development Programs, directed business strategy for a regional pharmacy chain, conducted medical formulary development and medication therapy outcome evaluations, with extensive background in both community and hospital practice settings.

Key accomplishments include exploring alternate methods for analytical evaluation of insulin, chairing Statewide Disease Management Councils, establishing clinical pharmacy programs, provision of Continuing Medical Education, and supply chain pipeline and drug safety evaluation. Areas of focus include evaluation of medical products utilized in treating Diabetes, Neurologic, and Oncologic diseases. Author of seventeen peer-reviewed medical publications as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

He received both his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from UMKC.

Marc Lewis

Executive Editor

Marc is responsible for the editorial vision of the publication. Before joining EcoWatch, he co-founded and led health website focused on helping consumers separate fact from fiction in the natural wellness and supplement space. His is passionate about understanding the issues facing our planet, especially as they relate to emerging solutions. He wants to help people understand the challenges we face so they can make decisions about their habits, health, and consumption. His perspective has been featured in Business Insider, Forbes, MarketWatch, and Yahoo.

Devon Gailey

Digital Content Producer

Devon is a photographer, videographer, and designer. In addition to creating engaging digital content across online media channels, she leads EcoWatch's community outreach initiatives. This includes networking with third-party advocacy partners. A North Carolina native, she holds a B.A. in Media Arts and Entertainment from Elon University.

Jim Geikie

Advisor

Jim Geikie is a partner in One Better Ventures, a B-Corp-certified investment and advisory firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina. One Better Ventures works with companies that promote human wellness, environmental sustainability, and social justice. Prior to One Better Ventures, Jim spent a decade as an executive at Burt's Bees, an earth-friendly natural personal care company.

John Replogle

Advisor

John Replogle is a leader in the conscious consumer and mission-driven brand movement, with extensive experience leading fast growth, high performing businesses including Seventh Generation and Burt's Bees. Seventh Generation helped to launch the B Corp movement and has been awarded the "Best for the World" distinction from B Labs. John believes that business is one of the most powerful forces on earth and such power must be harnessed for the greater good. He also served as President of Unilever's Skin Care business and President of the Guinness Bass Import Company. John started his career at the Boston Consulting Group and holds degrees from Harvard Business School and Dartmouth College.

Recently, John is a Founding Partner of One Better Ventures, a Real Leader 100 social impact firm that advises and invests in mission driven consumer goods companies. He serves on the Boards of Seventh Generation, Dartmouth, Leesa Sleep, Cree, Melissa & Doug, Beautycounter and BEST NC. He is an active environmentalist and champion of social entrepreneurs. He and his wife Kristin live in Raleigh, NC and they are proud to have raised four smart, strong daughters with big hearts.

EcoWatch.com is owned by Remedy Review LLC. The website is built by RebelMouse. RebelMouse builds technology that enables companies to succeed in the world of distributed publishing. RebelMouse technology makes it easy to find and grow relationships with social influencers and connect content with its maximum audience.

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At EcoWatch, we provide readers with honest and unbiased news. To do this we hire the best writers and editors we can to cover an intensifying climate crisis. But good journalism costs money. We believe a writer should be compensated fairly for her work. That's why we have chosen to generate revenue through advertisements and affiliate content.

Below is an outline of our business and how we support the editorial independence of our coverage:

  • EcoWatch is wholly owned by Remedy Review LLC, a privately held company
  • We make money from on-site advertising; sponsored content; and affiliate revenue
  • We never adjust our content or the subjects we cover due to pressure from advertisers or affiliates
  • We never avoid covering a subject that is damaging or offensive to a current or potential advertiser
  • We maintain a separation between all news writers, product reviewers, and advertiser performance
What follows are details on our revenue sources and the policies we have in place to maintain the integrity of our news coverage, which is the heart of our publication.

On-Site Advertising Guidelines

On-site ads are managed by third-party services. We make space available on our site and a third-party places relevant content in those places. We have no connection to these advertisers and they do not influence our work. We hope to grow other streams of revenue so we can scale back the number of display ads on our site. The experience of our readers is important to us.

E-Commerce and Review Guidelines

Mass consumption is harmful to our planet. In a perfect world everyone would own less and drastically reduce their waste. We understand this. We also know people are going to buy food items, supplements, home services, and basic goods every day. We think if we help optimize even some of these purchases toward more sustainable options we can make a difference.

That's why we write about the best options we find. It's why, at times, we'll write about the lesser of evils. We want our readers to be aware of the choices they make in a variety of product and service categories.

In our reviews and guides there are affiliate links. When a reader clicks an affiliate link and makes a purchase, we can earn a commission. We point readers to the best and most useful sites, brands, and shops our writers can find. We keep the writers separate from any business relationships so their recommendations remain unbiased.

Sponsor Content Guidelines

Sponsor Content is created by advertisers. We allow these advertisers to write their own articles and we publish them as the work and opinion of that advertiser. This content does not reflect the opinions of EcoWatch or our employees. Readers will see that when we publish sponsor content it is labeled "Sponsored" and housed in a directory of that title on our website.

Our policy requires all advertisers provide a logo and/or brand name to accompany their sponsor content. We believe this will make it clearer to readers who purchased the placement and wrote the article.

A Note About Our Journalism

Our journalists do not create advertising content. They are not aware of or regularly updated on the growth of a particular revenue channel. They are here to clarify the most pressing issue of our time through honest, clear, researched reporting. They will never take payments to talk about subjects that pose a conflict of interest or accept gifts or money for influence.

Media is in a new era. Content and commerce occupy the same screen. Our team will do everything we can to make this work in a way that is ethical, fair, and at the service of our readers.

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This Affiliate Compensation Disclosure is provided by EcoWatch, together with its affiliates, including, without limitation, both mobile and online versions of our websites (collectively, referred to herein as the "Site"), and is provided for the purpose of disclosing the Site's financial relationship with affiliates, advertisers, sponsors and other third parties that appear on the Site (collectively, referred to herein as "Affiliates"), pursuant to the Federal Trade Commission's Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising, 16 C.F.R. Part 255.

This Affiliate Compensation Disclosure has been posted on the Site or has otherwise been linked to in a post or article since the Site sells and thus receives monetary and other forms compensation from Affiliates for various advertising, sponsorships, insertion orders and promotional campaigns that we feature on the Site. Thus, there is a paid connection between some of the products or services mentioned, reviewed or recommended on this Site and the Affiliate (i.e., the owner of that third party product or service). If you ultimately decide to purchase such a product or service mentioned on the Site, the Site may receive additional compensation from that purchase from the Affiliate.

Further, the Site posts or otherwise promotes content, including editorial content, which may feature third party products and services (the "Affiliate Products") and which may link to third party owned and operated web sites where you can purchase Affiliate Products. If you click on a link to an Affiliate's Product on the Site and then follow the link to purchase an Affiliate Product on the Affiliate's web site, the Site may receive compensation from the Affiliate offering the Affiliate Product. Weblinks on the Site featuring Affiliate Product(s) may be added to articles that are not identified on the Site as paid or sponsored content. A disclosure statement about the Affiliate Product(s) and the possible compensation will always be included in those articles. Also, you may see third party ads posted on the Site. Each time you click on such an ad, we will receive compensation from the third party advertiser, even if you do not purchase something from the third party.

Even though we may receive compensation in connection with your purchase of Affiliate Products as outlined above, we still seek to provide our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, and experiences as they relate to the products and services that are featured on the Site.

Every effort has been made by the Site to provide true and accurate statements in regards to any and all products or services mentioned, reviewed or recommended by the Site.

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A firefighter douses flames as they push toward homes during the Creek Fire in the Cascadel Woods area of unincorporated Madera County, California on Sept. 7, 2020. Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images

What does the climate crisis look like? As wildfires continue to rage up and down the U.S. West Coast, we have some terrifying answers: orange skies; burnt-out buildings; a horse, seemingly abandoned, running past a stall as the hill above erupts in flames. These images help to ground an unfathomable reality.

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Lit candles, flowers and signs are seen in front of the U.S. embassy in Warsaw, Poland on May 31, 2020. Aleksander Kalka / NurPhoto / Getty Images

As protests are taking place across our nation in response to the killing of George Floyd, we want to acknowledge the importance of this protest and the Black Lives Matter movement. Over the years, we've aimed to be sensitive and prioritize stories that highlight the intersection between racial and environmental injustice. From our years of covering the environment, we know that too often marginalized communities around the world are disproportionately affected by environmental crises.

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The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya rescues and rears orphaned elephants and rhinos. Wendy Stone / Corbis via Getty Images

If you care about the planet, you're probably thinking that the holidays are not a great time of year for the environment. There's more mail and package deliveries, homes and buildings are decorated with holiday lights, people travel more, and there's so much shopping as people buy presents for friends and family. So what's an environmentally conscious holiday-lover supposed to do?

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Our EcoWatchers have determined their favorite photos for July and August, featured below! Vote now. Pexels

Update, September 17: Voting is now closed. Winners of both EcoWatchers' Choice and Grand Prize will be announced on Sept. 23.

On June 26, EcoWatch launched its "Best of Summer" Photo Contest. Throughout the summer, we've been receiving submissions from EcoWatchers, and we've been giving readers the opportunity to vote for their favorite image. Our EcoWatchers have determined their favorite photos for July and August, featured below!

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This landscape photo is a sumbission from EcoWatch's first photo contest. Alan Lantz

On June 26, EcoWatch launched its "Best of Summer" Photo Contest. Throughout the summer, we've been receiving submissions from EcoWatchers, and we're giving readers the opportunity to vote for their favorite image. Our team has reviewed the August submissions and selected the photos below as our favorites of the month. Let us know which photo you like best by voting below!

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"Sunset on the Serengeti" A photo submission to EcoWatch's first photo contest in 2018. Jenna Davis

Update, August 14: Voting is now closed. Michael Pizzi of Vibes and Horizons is the July EcoWatchers' Choice winner. EcoWatchers will vote on an August winner and again a third time to choose between July and August winners to get the EcoWatchers' Choice prize of a $100 Patagonia eGift card.

EcoWatch launched its "Best of Summer" Photo contest on June 26. Images are being submitted from around the world, showcasing EcoWatchers trekking through jungles, beaches and various other scenery, highlighting a shared love and appreciation for our planet.

The EcoWatch team looked at last month's submissions for our "Best of Summer" photo contest and chose five of our favorite photos for EcoWatchers to vote on. You have one week, beginning now, to vote for the EcoWatchers' Choice award for July.

Please upvote below on which photo you feel represents "Best of Summer" on EcoWatch by clicking on the green up arrow located above each photo. For the photos you feel are not the winners, please downvote. You can only submit one vote per photo.

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Golde Wallingford submitted this photo of "Pure Joy" to EcoWatch's first photo contest. Golde Wallingford

EcoWatch is pleased to announce our third photo contest!

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