Why do we assess products for our website?
With growing concern for our environment and social welfare, our mission at IGOLO is to create a community of like-minded brands and services that share a common goal: to achieve sustainable home design.
IGOLO ensures that all products listed on our platform have been assessed to combat greenwashing. Greenwashing is a form of false advertisement; fooling consumers into thinking their purchase is sustainable when it actually does more harm than good.
We assess each product against several social, environmental, and health impacts. Each one of these categories has a number of values and sustainable requirements to ensure you know that you're making the right choice. Each assessment is backed up by thorough research, and product data is benchmarked against industry standards. We desire utmost transparency between the manufacturer and their consumers.
- Considering the impact of products across their whole lifespan: Companies and products should be held responsible for everything from the materials they source up until how they ship their products.
- Consumer-friendly: The products you buy should be friendly to you as well as to the environment. Therefore we consider health assessments as well as social and environmental.
- Social sustainability: Companies should be held responsible for how they treat their employees, and what regulations they have in place to ensure their health and safety. We also consider how companies benefit their local surroundings and economies.
- Collaboration: IGOLO's goal is to promote brands pushing sustainable industry standards into the palm of your hand.
Our Impact Pillars
We review the brand's social impact on its employees and the local community across its entire supply chain. We make sure that every brand has policies or initiatives in place that ensure the safety of their workers, and that they earn a living wage. We also check if they regularly track their health and safety statistics in their workplace.
We also review their practices in diversity and gender equality. Do they contribute to social initiatives or charities? Do they work with responsible suppliers and vendors? We check if there is a gender pay gap within their company and if they have policies in place to ensure pay equality. We ask companies if they have certifications of safe working conditions and if they have completed any necessary safety audits.
Next, we review the environmental impact of the product, its production process, the company, and its supply chain. We consider their waste management strategy, energy and water usage, whether they source raw materials responsibly, their carbon emissions, and animal welfare. We ask companies to recognize if they produce excess waste, and how they can reduce this or recycle it back into the system.
We emphasize the production process and transportation of goods as places where waste and harmful emissions occur. Does the company use renewable energy when transporting goods? Are its materials sourced, assembled, and distributed locally? How are the products packaged and shipped? How could they improve this?
We ask other questions such as: are the products vegan, organic, and fair trade? Does the product make efficient use of energy and resources throughout its lifecycle? How much of the product is made from recycled waste? Is it recyclable, reusable, or biodegradable after it has completed its life? How do your products improve energy efficiency/consumption?
We assess the quality of the materials used to make the products: many goods nowadays shed harmful toxins and microplastics that can be damaging to our health and to our planet. We ask questions such as: Are the products sourced from natural resources? Are they hypoallergenic, and do they contain harmful chemicals? We also review the impact of the product over its lifecycle in a home. Will it improve the air quality in your home? Will it contribute to the energy and water efficiency of your home?
At IGOLO, we want to make sustainable homes accessible and convenient. Our green assurance strategy not only ensures the sustainability of the product but helps you learn about what brands are doing to change this industry for the better.
What data sources do we use?
The primary sources of data that we use at IGOLO are:
- Personal company assessment form.
- Certifications, registrations, and other industry-standard systems (such as Fairtrade)
- Third-Party reports.
If you are a sustainable brand or service and would like to be promoted on our platform, get in touch with us via email!