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“Green” Imposters – Products You Should Avoid Buying

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Many products have, either through their own claims or public fallacy, been labeled as constituting a “greener” option. While an abundance of companies now have Eco-friendly initiatives, some even living up to, many are simply capitalizing on the ever-growing conscious of consumers. And even then, they often don’t match the level of efficiency for which they purportedly strive. Thus, you are likely to encounter several of such items, perhaps even interacting with them regularly, on a daily basis. Nonetheless, listed below are a particular few that take great notice.

Recyclable Plastics

Plastic products today are often branded with varied levels of . However, even those that can be recycled are never completely depleted from the waste stream, as they cannot fully degrade. Thus, it creates more waste as the product itself, while able to be down-cycled for use in inferior products, does not contain already recycled content.

Cell Phone Radiation Screens

For about 17-30 bucks, companies are beginning to sell radiation screens that intend to lesson the impact of cell phone radiation and alleviate fears of mobile device users.

To reduce radiation exposure, simply turn on speaker phone and keep a distance of two inches or so away. This option also happens to be free. Or you can invest in a good pair of headphones, again keeping the phone at a healthy distance from your noggin.

Ethanol Fuel

Whereas biodiesel is made from the conversion of used vegetable oil into fuel, ethanol is an energy-intensive alternative derived from mainly from corn that requires large amounts of fossil-fuels to grow. The former is more environmentally friendly and can additionally be made at home using conversion kits. These will run from $1,000 to $2,000.

Green-washed Cleaning Products

Non-toxic is becoming a common term to appear on today’s cleaning products. This is all too often used interchangeably with the terms “Eco-friendly” or “environmentally safe”. In all actuality, non-toxic is an unregulated term, often applied to cleaning agents unworthy of its true description – some still containing toxins in their ingredients list.

To be certain cleaning products are truly green, check for those certified by Green America’s Green Business Network.

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