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.
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
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 …
If you’re in the market to
purchase a new washing machine and you haven’t shopped for a washer recently,
or perhaps ever before, you might be surprised by the sheer number of choices
to choose from. These days there are more brands than ever before to choose
from. On top of that, some brands offer 10 or more models to choose from. Also,
gone are the days where washers came in only a bland white color, for a premium
price, most brands offer premium colors, like red or blue. With all these
choices, shopping for a washer can be a daunting task these days.
One bonus for consumers these days
is the availability of online resources to aid in shopping. For example, say
you’ve got a family that produces a lot of laundry and you’re thinking about
getting amid sized front load washer, and you’ve gone to your local appliance
store, like a Home Depot, and something like the LG WM2240CW. If you’re lucky
and the washer is on sale, you might be able to pick it up for around $700.
This is a lot to spend at one time for most people, and you want to make sure
that you’re spending your money in the best way possible. One of the best ways
to do this is to read as many LG washer reviews of the WM2240CW as you can.
Most online retailers have a
reviews section where you can read through what other people have said about
their experience with this washer. The problem with this route is that for some
models there are literally hundreds of reviews out there, that many of which
are poorly written, or don’t offer much useful information at all. Reading
through these can be a boring and time consuming task. You can …
Are you one of those people who
grabs on to a certain manufacturer and never lets go? All over the country, you
will find loyal Ford lovers, or those people who will buy nothing less than a
Toyota, BMW, or Chevrolet. What makes them so loyal to a certain company or
another? What makes them so emphatic on putting down all other manufacturers of
vehicles? While we certainly cannot discover what deciding factor encourages
each of these people to so firmly grasp their preferences, we can tell you some
of the differences often found between foreign or domestic cars.
In the past, it was not uncommon
to hear that cars made by foreign manufacturers tended to last longer. In fact,
some cars of today have been known to have a lifespan of about 250,000 miles if
they are treated well. That is an incredible number, especially when you think
about the other things owners of these cars have to say-things like “I
never had to replace more than my tires and windshield wipers..” Often,
these cars are well-made, and known for their great durability.
A few years ago, some people might
have commented on the domestic vehicles of the time. While perhaps more
accessible than the foreign cars, these were not made with a quality quite as
notable. Some vehicles were found to break down more easily, and require more
maintenance and repair attention. However, this may not be the case today.
In fact, if you were to scan the
different reviews made to compare the features and elements of foreign cars and
domestic cars, you might see that there is little difference between the
two-depending on the model being compared. With improved technology, the
engines, bodies, and other features of American-made cars have become much more
efficient, trustworthy, and …
Like a growing number of the world’s population I hold to
the belief that protection of the environment is of the utmost importance; and
that the new role for our political leaders is to work with each other to solve
the pressing problems of climate change, impending food and water shortages,
and the on-going pollution of the planet. It is becoming more and more obvious
to more and more people that the ideological clash between left and right,
conservative and liberal, radical and moderate is only of secondary importance
to green issues.
Quite simply put, without a world there is no politics,
injustice or capitalism. Think of that recent movie ‘The Road.’ Once
eco-armageddon hits all of society and its mores collapse. Humans degenerate
I expect that I’m largely preaching to the converted but I
needed to state my position so I can introduce my topic. I want to discuss how
buying ‘green’ is another consumer trend that big business and internet
marketers are exploiting to make money and to do this they are not performing
due diligence. Namely, they are not really interested in checking to see if a
‘green’ product is really environmentally friendly.
My first example is the light bulb. We all realize that the
incandescent bulb is not the best. It takes valuable resources to make and has
a life expectancy of only a year or so. On top of that they use a lot of
electricity compared to LED lights. Indeed LED lights are the way forward. They
can be easily connected to solar panels via batteries, they last a long time
and they are cheap to produce. The only problem is that LED lights often don’t
give out enough light. At this point enters the villain, the CFL or Compact
Fluorescent Light …
The number one way to save the environment and your bank
account is to change the way you use energy. All it takes is to set your
thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the
summer to save money on the heating and cooling bill. By installing compact
fluorescent light bulbs you can save energy. Also, try using a drying rack to
save the energy that would otherwise be with a drying machine.
Believe it or not, saving water equals living green and it
can lower the amount you spend monthly as well. Although it is hard to do early
in the morning or on a cold winter day, try to take shorter showers to reduce
water use. Installing a low-flow shower head can reduce your water and energy
bill. Also, make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet as it will help
conserve heat and water.
By now, you are probably well aware of the fact that less
gas translates into less money spent. If you can, walk or bike to work rather
than wasting away gas. If this is not a possibility, talk to co-workers and try
to arrange a carpooling system.
Living green also involves what your food intake is each
day. For those who do enjoy meat, simple skipping meat one meal each week can
save exponentially. Another useful tip is to buy locally raised, humane and
organic meat, eggs and dairy whenever possible. By purchasing green products from
local farmers, it will help to keep money in your local community.
It is important to drink around 8 glasses of water per day,
but this results in a lot of people purchasing one bottled water after another.
Bottled water can become expensive over time, but more importantly …