Using the Site
includes test results for over 5,000 products.
In cases where products had many different components, researchers
attempted to collect a useful number of samples from each product. For this
reason, the data reflects over 15,000 individual samples of
different product components. The testing methodology includes an X-ray technology
that identifies elements on or near the surface of a product, called an XRF
more details) and some additional lab testing for lead. Based on these
results, each product tested was given an overall
rating, as well as an individual
chemical rating. A detailed description of the rating system is provided
in the product
HealthyStuff.org developed two methods for consumers to use in
evaluating products. These methods share a common overall rating scheme,
which classifies products as LOW (GREEN), MEDIUM (YELLOW) OR HIGH (RED)
concern. Wherever you are on HealthyStuff.org, you can use this color
scheme as your guide to the products we test. Our method DOES NOT allow
comparisons to be made across different product categories.
Comparative Method Rating
product types that have a standard set of components we developed a
"comparative method". Vehicles are one example of a product type that will
have a similar set of components. Every vehicle
has seats, a steering wheel, an instrument panel, etc. For these
types of products, we normalize overall test results and provide comparative
ranking of all products of a particular type. Vehicles and children's
car seats are rated using the comparative method.
Level of Detection Method Rating
For product types that
have widely varying sizes, shapes and number of components we developed
a "level of detection method". Toys are an example of a product type
in which each product could have a wide range of different components.
A wooden block is one type of material, while a plastic doll house may
have several different plastics and dozens of different individual
pieces. For product categories of this type we report the highest
level detected for each chemical of concern in the product as a whole
(regardless of how many components the product has). Toys, pet beds,
pet chew toys and purses are rated using this method.
For all products we also provide the raw test results. HealthyStuff.org is committed to transparency.
Other features of the HealthyStuff.org site:
- A universal product search feature is available in the upper right hand
corner of all pages.
- From each individual product section or department (cars or toys, for example),
products can be found using the search
function, either by the product name, by
- You can keep and share a shopping list of products using the website's
- You can post our HealthyStuff.org search widget to your blog or website.
- In other areas of the HealthyStuff.org site you can Take
Action, learn more about the details of our testing, or get additional
information about chemicals. Explore the site and let us know what you
think - we'd love to hear from you!
HealthyStuff.org ratings do not provide a measure of health risk
or chemical exposure associated with any individual
product, or any individual element or related chemical. HealthyStuff.org
ratings provide only a relative measure of high, medium, and low levels of concern for several hazardous chemicals or chemical elements in an individual product in comparison to criteria established in the site methodology.