GoodGuide: What's Behind this Product?
GoodGuide is a website and mobile app that tells you about the environmental, social and health performance of products and companies.
I was inspired to post this after reading a few other entries about increasing transparency and providing more information about where a product came from, who grew it/ manufactured it, and what's in it.
GoodGuide rates thousands of products in many categories (food products, apparel, pet food, body care products, etc.) and gives them a 1-10 score according to their environmental, health and social benefits. You can dig deeper to find out about the specific criteria they used for each category. For example, in some cases they compare the product or company to others in the same category and give a relative weight.
I just looked up La Brea Bakery, which makes a lovely wheat bread I like, and discovered it has a score of 2.4 out of 10. Apparently the product has a higher level of sodium than other breads so it got a low "health" score, and they got docked in the "social" category, because the company doesn't have a policy on the right of workers to organize.