Tom's of Maine Whole Care Gel Peppermint Toothpaste

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About the Brand

Parent Company:
Tom's of Maine
Parent Company:
Colgate-Palmolive Company
Other Products by Tom's of Maine:
Mouthwash, Oral Care, Personal Care, and Bar Soap. View all 133 products»

Tom's of Maine Whole Care Gel Peppermint Toothpaste

5.4

Health

This product contains ingredients that raise a medium level of health concern.
4.0
  • Human Health Impacts
    Human Health Impacts
    This component of GoodGuide’s rating system evaluates the potential impacts of a product on human health. It incorporates a screening-level hazard assessment or nutritional evaluation, as well as other relevant indicators, like the regulatory status of ingredients. If ingredients pose potential health risks or have limited nutritional value, a product's score is lowered. If a product lacks the data needed to conduct a health evaluation, its score is also lowered to provide an incentive for manufacturers to disclose better information.
    Rating: 4.0 out of 10
    4.0
    • Data Adequacy, Ingredient Disclosure
      Data Adequacy, Ingredient Disclosure
      Characterizing potential human health impacts requires complete information about the specific ingredients in a product. However, there is no current regulatory requirement that companies disclose full ingredients lists for household chemical products (in contrast with personal care products, where disclosure is required). To create an incentive for disclosure, GoodGuide caps a product’s score if it lacks complete ingredient data or lists generic names that do not support chemical-specific evaluations.
      Rating: 10 out of 10
      10
      • Amount of Ingredient Detail
        Amount of Ingredient Detail
        Tells what is the amount of ingredient information available to rate this product.
        Rating: 10 out of 10
        10
    • Level of Health Concern of Ingredients
      Level of Health Concern of Ingredients
      To assign a health hazard score to a product, GoodGuide counts the number of its ingredients that are categorized as low, medium or high concern. Ingredients are placed into these categories based on their number of recognized and suspected health effects, their relative toxic potency, whether they are frequently detected in humans, and whether the basic toxicity testing needed to assess chemical safety has been conducted.
      Rating: 4.0 out of 10
      4.0

Environment

This company's environmental policies, practices and performance place it among the best 50% of companies rated by GoodGuide.
6.3
  • Core Company Environmental Performance
    Core Company Environmental Performance
    Summary evaluation of a company's overall environmental performance, considering its management policies and practices; resource use; environmental impacts; and degree of environmental transparency.
    Rating: 6.3 out of 10
    6.3
    • Resource Use
      Resource Use
      Summary evaluation of a company's policies and practices related to resouce use, considering energy, water and materials.
      Rating: 7.0 out of 10
      7.0
      • Energy
        Energy
        Summary evaluation of a company's policies and practices related to energy use.
        Rating: 10 out of 10
        10
        • Policies & Practices
          10
          • Energy Awards & Certifications
            Energy Awards & Certifications
            Indicates if the company has received any awards or certifications that encompass energy policy or management.
            GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments
            Rating: 10 out of 10
            10
          • Energy Policies
            Energy Policies
            Indicates the strength of a company's energy policies.
            GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments
            Rating: 7.0 out of 10
            7.0
      • Materials
        Materials
        Summary evaluation of a company's policies and practices related to materials use.
        Rating: 7.0 out of 10
        7.0
        • Policies & Practices, Materials Policy
          Policies & Practices, Materials Policy
          Indicates whether a company has a comprehensive policy relating to materials management and reduction
          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments
          Rating: 7.0 out of 10
          7.0
      • Water
        Water
        Summary evaluation of a company's policies and practices related to water use.
        Rating: 4.0 out of 10
        4.0
        • Policies & Practices, Water Policies
          Policies & Practices, Water Policies
          Indicates the strength of a company's water policies.
          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments
          Rating: 4.0 out of 10
          4.0
    • Transparency
      Transparency
      Summary evaluation of the amount of data a company makes public for assessing its environmental practices and performance.
      GoodGuide, Transparency
      Rating: 6.4 out of 10
      6.4
    • Environmental Management
      Environmental Management
      Evaluation of a company's environmental management, considering how it is governed and whether it exhibits any leading edge practices or is involved in any controversies or compliance issues.
      Rating: 6.1 out of 10
      6.1
      • Governance
        Governance
        Summary evaluation of a company's governance capabilities, considering its policies and practices, environmental reporting activities, and management of its supply chain.
        Rating: 6.1 out of 10
        6.1
        • Supply Chain
          Supply Chain
          Indicates the strength of a company's policies and practices relating to the environmental impacts of its supply chain.
          Rating: 7.0 out of 10
          7.0
          • Policies & Practices, Supply Chain Policy
            Policies & Practices, Supply Chain Policy
            This indicates how a company incorporates environmental considerations and policy into its supply chain
            GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments
            Rating: 7.0 out of 10
            7.0
        • Policies
          Policies
          Indicates the strength of a company's environmental management policies.
          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments
          Rating: 6.0 out of 10
          6.0
          • Environmental Policies, Policies
            Environmental Policies, Policies
            Indicates the strength of a company's environmental management policies.
            GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments
            Rating: 6.0 out of 10
            6.0
        • Reporting
          Reporting
          Indicates the strength of a company's policies and practices relating to environmental reporting.
          Rating: 5.0 out of 10
          5.0
          • Policies & Practices, Reporting Policy
            Policies & Practices, Reporting Policy
            Indicates whether a company reports on environmental initiatives using accepted global standards
            GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments
            Rating: 5.0 out of 10
            5.0
    • Environmental Impacts
      Environmental Impacts
      Summary evaluation of a company's environmental impacts, considering its policies and practices relating to air and water emissions, waste management and biodiversity.
      Rating: 5.6 out of 10
      5.6
      • Biodiversity
        Biodiversity
        Summary evaluation of a company's policies and practices relating to biodiversity and ecosystem impacts.
        Rating: 6.0 out of 10
        6.0
        • Biodiversity Policy
          Biodiversity Policy
          Indicates the strength of a company's biodiversity policies.
          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments
          Rating: 6.0 out of 10
          6.0
      • Emissions
        Emissions
        Summary evaluation of a company's policies and practices relating to air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, water pollution and waste management.
        Rating: 5.5 out of 10
        5.5
        • Greenhouse Gases, Policies & Practices
          10
          • Greenhouse Gas Awards & Certifications
            Greenhouse Gas Awards & Certifications
            Indicates if the company has received any awards or certifications that encompass greenhouse gasses.
            GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments
            Rating: 10 out of 10
            10
          • Greenhouse Gas Policies
            Greenhouse Gas Policies
            Indicates the strength of a company's greenhouse gas policies.
            GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments
            Rating: 6.0 out of 10
            6.0
        • Water Pollution, Water Pollution Policies
          Water Pollution, Water Pollution Policies
          Indicates the strength of a company's wastewater policies.
          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments
          Rating: 4.0 out of 10
          4.0
        • Waste, Waste Policies
          Waste, Waste Policies
          Indicates the strength of a company's solid waste policies.
          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments
          Rating: 4.0 out of 10
          4.0
        • Criteria & Hazardous Air Pollutants, Air Pollution Policies
          Criteria & Hazardous Air Pollutants, Air Pollution Policies
          Indicates the strength of a company's toxic air pollutant (e.g. NOx, SOx, PM) policies.
          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments
          Rating: 4.0 out of 10
          4.0

Ingredients

Ingredients Legend
HIGH Health Concern
Controversial
MEDIUM Health Concern
Safe Use Exception
LOW Health Concern

Certifications

  • Safe Cosmetics Pledge
    Safe Cosmetics Pledge

    Indicates the manufacturer of this product has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, pledging to meet or exceed the formulation standards and deadlines set by the European Union cosmetics directive to be free of chemicals that are known or strongly suspected of causing cancer, mutation or birth defects. Companies also pledge to implement substitution plans that replace hazardous materials with safer alternatives within three years and publicly report their progress in meeting these goals. (www.safecosmetics.org)

  • Coming Clean Campaign Endorsement Status
    Coming Clean Campaign Endorsement Status

    Indicates the manufacturer of this product has endorsed the Organic Consumers Association Coming Clean Campaign. The Coming Clean Campaign encourages the USDA and the personal care product industry “to adopt strict national organic standards for body care products.” These standards include that the “toxicity of each ingredient in the product is minimal, ordinary water is not counted in any shape or form as contributing to organic content, Certified Organic agricultural raw materials are utilized exclusively, versus petroleum or conventional vegetable feed-stocks, in the manufacture of the key basic cleansing and conditioning ingredients, and the manufacture of such ingredients is ecological.” (www.organicconsumers.org)

  • Leaping Bunny Certified
    Leaping Bunny Certified

    Indicates that the manufacturer of this product has been certified as cruelty-free by The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC). CCIC's certification, indicated by the Leaping Bunny logo, provides "assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers." To be certified, companies must agree to the Leaping Bunny Corporate Standard of Compassion for Animals, a voluntary pledge that "cosmetic, personal care, and/or household product companies make to clear animal testing from all stages of product development. The company's ingredient suppliers make the same pledge and the result is a product guaranteed to be 100 percent free of new animal testing. All Leaping Bunny companies must be open to independent audits, and commitments are renewed on an annual basis." For more information, visit www.leapingbunny.org.

  • Member of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
    Member of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

    Indicates the manufacturer of this product is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Planting of plantations of palm oil, which may be in as many as 1 in 10 cosmetics products, can result in significant deforestation of tropical rainforests and threatens the survival of endangered species such as the orangutan and Sumatran tiger. The RSPO, which was established in 2001, is committed to promoting the growth and use of sustainable palm oil through co-operation within the supply chain and open dialogue with its stakeholders. To learn more, visit www.rspo.org.

  • PETA Animal Treatment Assessment
    PETA Animal Treatment Assessment

    Indicates the manufacturer of this product is on the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) "Does Not Test on Animals” List. According to PETA, this list includes companies that have stated they do not “conduct any animal tests that are not required by law,” either by signing PETA’s statement of assurance or provided a “statement verifying that they do not conduct or commission any non-required animal tests on ingredients, formulations, or finished products and that they pledge not to do so in the future.”

  • Climate Counts: Striding
    Climate Counts: Striding

    According to Climate Counts, this company is striding in the race to address climate change.

    Climate Counts is a non-profit campaign that scores companies annually on the basis of their voluntary action to reverse climate change. The Climate Counts Company Scorecard helps people vote with their dollars by making climate-conscious purchasing and investing choices that put pressure on the world’s most well-known companies to take the issue of climate change seriously.

    Launched by organics pioneer Stonyfield Farm, Climate Counts believes everyday consumers can be the most important activists in the fight against global warming. Climate Counts has currently evaluated 106 companies—representing over 3000 different brands—in thirteen major consumer sectors with plans to expand the number of companies and sectors soon.

    Climate Counts use a 0-to-100 point scale and 22 criteria to determine if companies have:

    • Measured their climate “footprint”
    • Reduced their impact on global warming
    • Supported (or suggest intent to block) progressive climate legislation
    • Publicly disclosed their climate actions clearly and comprehensively

    Learn more at www.climatecounts.org.

  • EPA 100% Green Power Purchasers
    EPA 100% Green Power Purchasers

    EPA's list of organizations that purchase 100% green power, as of April 2011. For more information, visit: www.epa.gov

  • EPA Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative - Champions
    EPA Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative - Champions

    Under the Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI), EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) Program recognizes environmental leaders who voluntarily commit to use safer surfactants in all their products. Safer surfactants break down quickly to non-polluting compounds and help protect aquatic life in both fresh and salt water. Nonylphenol ethoxylates (also known as NPEs) are an example of a surfactant class that does not meet the definition of a safer surfactant. The Design for the Environment Program has identified safer alternative surfactants through partnerships with industry and environmental advocates. These safer alternatives are comparable in cost and are readily available. CleanGredients is an on-line resource for finding safer surfactants (visit www.CleanGredients.org).

  • Top 50 Companies for Diversity
    Top 50 Companies for Diversity

    The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity® is the leading assessment of diversity management in corporate America and globally. Participation in the survey has increased dramatically, up 19 percent in 2011 to 535 companies. The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity survey shows increased participation for its detailed, empirically driven ranking, which is divided into four key areas: CEO Commitment Human Capital Corporate and Organizational Communications Supplier Diversity Learn more at: www.diversityinc.com

  • Ethisphere Most Ethical Companies
    Ethisphere Most Ethical Companies

    The World’s Most Ethical Companies designation recognizes companies that truly go beyond making statements about doing business “ethically” and translate those words into action. WME honorees demonstrate real and sustained ethical leadership within their industries, putting into real business practice the Institute’s credo of “Good. Smart. Business. Profit.” Learn more at: ethisphere.com

  • EPA Green Power Partner
    EPA Green Power Partner

    As a result of buying green power, these organizations are helping support the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide while also helping protect the environment. Electricity generation can be one of the largest environmental impacts associated with an organization's operations. Buying green power is an easy and effective way to reduce the environmental impacts of your electricity use. Learn more at: www.epa.gov

  • GRI Sustainability Reporting
    GRI Sustainability Reporting

    GRI’s Framework is the most widely used sustainability reporting guidance in the world. The Reports List is vital in capturing and publicizing the evolution and growth of sustainability reporting – benefiting the featured organizations, and sustainability reporters everywhere. Find out more at: www.globalreporting.org