Thursday, September 23, 2010

Is "Green" Worth It?

"Green" is such a big word right now. You see it in various forms. Maybe the item says "green," "natural," "earth-friendly," or some other variant, but is it really worth it? Here's some handy tips to figuring it out. (I should note that I am talking about non-food items here).

  • Sometimes the company just wants to fool you into buying their product. Sad, but true. Be especially afraid of the label "natural." Just because something is natural doesn't mean it is safe. Think about it, arsenic is found naturally. 
  • Look for a list of what is in the product. Most companies that don't have anything to hide list their ingredients, if they don't list it be worried.
  • Cost. This is a big one to me. I understand why some items cost more when they are green, but wonder to yourself if there is another alternative. Perhaps you can make your own cleaner that truly is green, but costs a ton less. Always figure out if the cost is worth it. (For example, if you live in NYC you probably don't need a hybrid).
  • Why are you buying it? Are you buying it just because it says the word "green" and that's in right now or because you are worried about your health? If it's the first one, don't buy it. If it's the second one, make sure you know what you are buying.
  • Do some research. I recommend  Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices. I checked it out from the library, and I really enjoyed how it explained what the different labels mean, and how some of them are complete fabrications. 
Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices
So why do I bring this one up? Because many people fall for buzz words. There are those companies who always made green things and those that slap some label on their products to get the fad followers, so be aware. I applaud people making greener choices in their life, but make sure it's actually green and worth it!

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