Green Household Products
A wide range of products are available in Costa Rica for reducing the environmental impacts of everyday activities around the home, and increasingly a number of these are being produced in Costa Rica. These include soaps and detergents, paper products, and gardening supplies. In addition to locally produced green products, many of those manufactured abroad are also available in Costa Rican supermarkets, hardware stores, gardening centers and others.
While many products claim to be green, consumers might be smart to choose those that have proven it by submitting the products to evaluation and certification by an independent third party. Such certifications include Green Seal, SMART, EcoLogo, and the EPA’s Design for the Environmentprogram. However, to date, no local Costa Rican certification program exists for these types of products, which makes it difficult for Costa Rican manufacturers to prove that their products are eco-friendly, as having products certified overseas is prohibitively expensive for most small businesses.