Green Products Furniture

Recently climate change and pollution have become polarizing words and though experts may disagree about whether or not the ice caps are melting most people can tell that something is happening to the world. Really, when is the last time New York could boast a 70-degree day in January? Shorter milder winters and drastic weather around the world lends credence to the global warming theory. With all that, being said what could one person or family do to make a difference. The problem seems so monumentally huge and the idea of selling all the appliances and living off the land simply does not appeal to many. The good news is by using green products and making small changes in your life you can have a big impact on the environment.

Green Products Furniture

Light Bulbs

Something as small, as changing your light bulbs can have a positive impact on the environment. Research suggests that if everyone switched five regular light bulbs in their home for the new CLF bulbs it would save enough electricity in a year to close 21 power plants. Now this is a green product that would be simple to use and will save you money in the long run. You see saving the planet does not have to mean taking drastic measures; simple tasks can mean a lot.

Home Improvement

You can also use several different green products for your next home improvement project that goes a bit beyond changing the light bulbs. Painting is a very basic way to improve the look of your home; however, most latex paints smell atrocious and contain harmful chemicals. Benjamin Moore paints now offers an environmentally friendly option with their Natural paint. It is completely odorless and contains no VOC colorants.

When you have wood floors or furnishings that you would like …

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Green Product Claims: What Does It Really Mean To Be “Eco-Friendly”?

Consumers are increasingly interested in taking steps toward a greener lifestyle, and going green includes buying products that are consistent with greener living. Businesses have responded to this demand from customers with claims of a wide range of environmental benefits. A Products now boast a wide range of sometimes mystifying claims about being eco-friendly, biodegradable, natural, or organic. But what do the words “environmentally-friendly” on a household cleaner really mean? The fact is that in many cases the meaning is unclear.

Green Product Claims: What Does It Really Mean To Be "Eco-Friendly"?

The Federal Trace Commissions (FTC) is taking steps to remedy this situation. No longer will companies be ale to make vague claims about far-reaching environmental benefits. These claims must be more specific and the words used must have meanings that are better defined.

For example, the FTC’s new proposal would clarify the meaning of the tern “Biodegradable.”A Under current law, biodegradable simply means that a product decomposes “within a reasonably short period of time” after normal disposal. What does that mean? No one really knows. The new proposal would make this claim more definite and clear. The FTC proposes to modify the language so that to claim that a product is biodegradable, it must break down in a period of time “no more than one year after customary disposal.”

In addition, the new guidelines would be more specific about claiming that a product is “free of” a particular chemical. Such a claim is deceptive if that particular chemical has not been present in similar products in the past. Thus, claiming that orange juice is “free of pesticides” would not be allowed if orange juice had not been found to have contained pesticides in the past.

Another proposed change to the labeling law is that claims of carbon offsets would be scrutinized more carefully. Companies would need to provide “competent …

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