Home Depot’s Eco Options program is designed to make it easier for customers to identify which purchases will help them reduce their environmental impact. It identifies products that have less of an impact on the environment than comparable standard products. Take the example of a plastic-handled tool with packaging that claims it is “environmentally friendly” because the handle is not made of wood. For this tool to be an Eco Options classified product, the supplier would have to present a detailed 3rd-party report illustrating the life cycle assessment of the tool handle that proves the plastic has less of an impact on the environment than a wood handle. Until all industries create and abide by a reporting formula that measures an all-encompassing sustainability formula, Home Depot’s Eco Options program will help you sort through the “green” claims.