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Eco-Friendly, Green, Organic, Healthy: What’s the Difference?

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Everyone’s jumping on the bandwagon these days and labeling their products “green,” “organic,” “eco-friendly” and “healthy.” The problem is, the terms tend to get used interchangeably, and it’s hard to know what’s what. Customers tell us all the time that with so many terms and standards, it’s easy to get confused — and I agree!“Eco-friendly” and “green” are both labels that relate to our environment. Eco-friendly goes far beyond the makeup of the actual product and includes the environmental impact of the entire supply chain.

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“Organic” on the other hand, refers to not using chemicals or pesticides during the actual growing or production process, whether it’s food or the fibers used in clothing. Unfortunately, “organic” has become shorthand for “more natural” or “fewer chemicals.” Unless a garment is labeled “certified 100% organic,” there’s a chance that it was grown organically but still treated with chemicals somewhere along the way.

“Healthy” refers to products that are healthy for your baby. Sometimes that means organic, but it also includes other aspects, such as cleaning products made from plant-based ingredients instead of chemicals, or plastics without toxins such as BPA or phthalates.

Of course, there is some correlation between these categories. Most things that are green are arguably healthier, and if it’s organic then it’s usually more eco-friendly than something that’s not organic. The key is deciding what’s most important to you and looking for products that meet as many of your standards as possible.

The main thing to remember? Don’t let it stress you out. Each of them is a small step in creating a better world for your baby.

About Ali

As the founder and CEO of giggle, Ali is a product expert with tons of insight to share with new parents everywhere. Ali is a frequent contributor to parenting blogs and publications. She's also the author of the giggle guide to baby gear, helping new parents navigate the glut of choices out there and find only what they need, when they need it.

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