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Good Guide – good stuff from goodguide.com, a TechCrunch50 fav

Good Guide is good says the Quicken Loans blogHow "good" are the products you like to use?

I’m not talking good as in how well they work, I’m talking good as in "good for the environment, good for people, good for the world."

Well, in case you ever wondered how "good" your Wisk detergent actually is, now you can find out. Just go to www.goodguide.com and search for your favorite products. Just a few clicks and you’ll know that Wisk is actually the #3 most good laundry detergent!

Pretty impressive.  Here’s some info from Good Guide’s website:

GoodGuideâ„¢ provides the world’s largest and most reliable source of
information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of
products and companies. GoodGuide’s mission is to help you find safe,
healthy, and green products that are better for you and the planet.
From our origins as a UC Berkeley research project, GoodGuide has
developed into a totally independent "For-Benefit" company. We are
committed to providing the information you need to make better
decisions, and to ultimately shifting the balance of information and
power in the marketplace.

GoodGuide works with leading providers of product and company rating
data. We have partnered with the top four socially responsible
investment research firms, as well as with leading non-profit
organizations with high quality data on specific issues or industries.
You can see the partners at http://www.goodguide.com/about/alliances

From what I can tell, Good Guide also users to create an account, share product info with friends and give their opinions on products.

Good Guide received a lot of attention at TechCunch50. Check it out and let us know what you think. I couldn’t find any of the Costco products I like to use. I guess I’ll go in and play around. Seems like a pretty cool site and a great idea.

Good job, Good Guide!

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  1. This is a great blog entry to point out this site that ranks stuff.
    But the big question is this: Is “good” for you “good” for me?
    I think not.
    FYI, in looking at the companies funding this and ranking the products — some of it sounds promising, but I’m not convinced — http://www.goodguide.com/about/alliances
    I just wouldn’t trust their judgment on what’s good.
    For instance, I wouldn’t use Wisk simply because it’s not organic and not natural.
    In fact, I think they should have a company deciding what’s “good” who’s into environmentally friendly, organic products?
    (Though the Environmental Working Group is cool.)
    Anyhow, I’m just suspicious of their “verdicts.”
    Ultimately, it’s up to us to decide what’s “good” and what’s not.
    Just some thoughts.
    Great blog, by the way.
    Kudos on Typepad featuring it.
    Connie Bennett

    Posted by: Connie Bennett | September 11, 2008
  2. Connie
    You make some valid points. I have to admit I don’t know that much about the site yet, I was pretty much going by what I heard on NPR about it. Also, the folks at TechCrunch seemed to be pretty impressed. But you right, it really is up to US to decide what’s good.
    However, if Good Guide really does provide unbiased ratings of products that aren’t driven by marketing machines of big companies, I’m all for it. We’ll see. Thanks for the comment!

    Posted by: Clayton | September 12, 2008

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