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When we know the environmental impact of everything we buy, we will positively impact climate change.

ESG for consumer products

At Evergrade, we’re on a journey to uncover the true environmental cost of the products we buy, so shoppers can make more environmentally friendly choices.

For most consumers, it’s difficult to compare the impact of the goods we buy just by looking at the label (if there is one). Evergrade is here to change that. It isn’t easy, but we’re committed to continual improvement as more and more data becomes available because this is what’s required to create a more sustainable economy.

It all starts with transparency. Evergrade is a simple consumer-facing sustainability rating that cuts through the noise so customers can see how different products stack up.
ESG for consumer products

How It Works

We gather data and use an algorithm to determine the impact of the goods we buy based on five sustainability indicators:

Carbon Footprint

Carbon Footprint

Predicted Durability

Predicted Durability

Circularity

Circularity

Certifications

Certifications

Packaging

Packaging

The Science Behind Evergrade

Everything one buys has an environmental cost. To understand the impact of one’s choices requires hours researching the supply chain, reviewing certifications, and measuring what happens to products and their packaging when their useful life ends. Even if one had the time, it’s a complex process fraught with conflicting information.

Our team of data scientists and sustainability experts does the research so consumers can understand their choices at a glance. While we may not be able to account for every cost, we’re starting with the most accurate data that’s accessible to us, and working toward a more complete understanding over time.

As Evergrade rates more and more products within a shopping category, and as the information on each product is enhanced, the accuracy of the relative scores improve and the model moves towards a detailed picture of true environmental cost.

The Science Behind Evergrade

Here’s what goes into an Evergrade rating:

 Carbon Footprint

Carbon Footprint

We consider carbon footprint currently to be the most reliable environmental impact data available. For a product’s Evergrade Rating, the carbon footprint represents the greenhouse gases emitted from the materials sourcing, manufacturing and transportation. Because this is at the center of the climate challenge, the carbon footprint assessment represents half of a product’s rating therefore making up a significant component of our methodology (though we are working to find reliable data sources of water use and pollution, as well as biodiversity degradation to include in our rating).

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Predicted Durability

Predicted Durability

To account for the environmental benefits of longer-lasting products, which have to be replaced less often and are less likely to end up in a landfill, Evergrade includes an analysis of a product’s predicted lifespan. Consider the environmental impact of buying a non-stick pan that has to be thrown away and replaced every few years, versus a cast iron option that will last a lifetime (or longer).

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Circularity

Circularity

We love it when manufacturers think about how to minimize waste in production, as well as what happens to their products at the end of life. Circularity is a concept that focuses on reusing materials, instead of extracting and disposing virgin materials each time a product is consumed.

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 Certifications

Certifications

Third-party energy and ecological certifications can be a strong indicator of sustainability. We factor in certifications from legitimate, reputable organizations around the world into our environmental impact model. That means we review any certification for credibility (third party verified, for or non profit), accessibility (transparency, cost, frequency) and relevance to the product being reviewed. 

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Packaging

Packaging

In the era of online shopping, packaging and shipping materials can be a significant factor of a product’s environmental impact. If you’ve ever received a package only to find a shocking amount of plastic or other unnecessary materials in the box, you can probably understand how important it is to reduce packaging waste.

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Want to discuss adding Evergrade scores to your store, platform or products? Have more questions about how the rating is calculated or what data was used for a product rating? Contact us to discuss how we can help you help your customers!

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