TAG: Consumers

Cosmetic Concerns And 4 Ingredients To Avoid

Cosmetic Concerns And 4 Ingredients To Avoid

People use cosmetics to enhance the appearance of the skin and to address issues, but sometimes products that are purchased to help actually can be harmful. Some of the chemical components found in cosmetics and beauty products may not be regulated, and can cause a range of problems from allergies to hormone and reproductive disturbances, among other health concerns. Parabens can be found in a wide range of products. They are commonly used as a preservative and fragrance, and an approximate 75-90% of cosmetics contain low levels of parabens. They can easily be absorbed into the skin, and are able… read more

The App Effect

The App Effect

Children growing up in a media driven culture can be exposed to large amounts of screen time each day, at home and at school. As learning expands and interests form, you may wonder what the effect an app based environment has on learning. Research topics revolving around this area are increasing, and some studies are showing interesting findings. Schools.com has compiled an infographic outlining children’s use of tablets and attitudes revolving around apps. The educational based app arena has seen an upsurge in recent years and according to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center as many as 80% of the paid… read more

The Power Of A Purchase

The Power Of A Purchase

If you have ever wondered what the effect of purchasing a product is, one example of a company that actually makes that possible is Given Goods. Each product at their marketplace has been chosen for its reciprocal properties, and the stories of the merchandise is also shared with members. They tell how the purchase of each particular item effects the area where it came from as well as the difference it makes for individuals and their families. They also have programs associated with some products that are meant to benefit various humanitarian efforts. Their interactive community map allows customers to check… read more

Tainted Turmeric

Tainted Turmeric

Spices can add flavor to dishes, and many are also sources of essential nutrients and can contain healthful properties. What has recently been discovered, however, is making consumers worldwide question the safety of their foods once again. The latest scare among the food supply lies within powdered spices. Turmeric, thought to be imported from Bangladesh, has just been recalled as it was found to contain high levels of lead. Lead can build up in the body and can onset a myriad of health issues, especially in developing children. Levels that measured as high as 48 parts per million were found… read more

It’s Crazy Being Green

It's Crazy Being Green

Today, like any other day, my inbox was flooded with emails promoting amazing deals. Methodically ticking the boxes to mass delete, one of them caught my eye. The word ‘eco-friendly’, of course. Specifically an ‘Eco-friendly water purifier’. I had to investigate. I wanted to know what made the purifier eco-friendly. I had a look at the company website and there wasn’t much information as to why exactly the product was so green. So I emailed them to ask. This is the reply I received, “All our products use Food Grade materials and are BPA Free. Our Bench Top Units don’t use electricity.” Ok,… read more

Queries Around Expiry Dates On Food

Expiry Dates On Food

Food product dates can be a useful guide in assessing the peak quality of an item, however, one should avoid viewing expiration dates as a deadline for product safety. In the U.S., expiration dates are unregulated, with the exception of infant formula, which is regulated on a federal level. When labeling packaged food, “Use By” dates refer to the safety of an item, as determined by the manufacturer, whilst “Best By” dates are concerned with a product’s quality. Additionally, some items may have shelf dates, printed as “Sell By“, which are for retail purposes only, meant to keep displays aesthetically appealing…. read more

What Sways Our Shopping Behavior? Is It Green?

Are we swayed by buying green?

With more and more opting for greener lifestyles, environmental concerns are obviously the driving factor. The request and popularity of green merchandise has compelled companies to listen, making more choices available. However, with increased exposure and demand is there also a silent cost added to the consumer? Are we being tricked into thinking we need to have all the latest in green gear in order to do our part and be environmentally responsible? Does our need to accrue better products precede our need to be more mindful of what being environmentally accountable is more capable of, instead of only what can… read more

Green Gone Wrong

Green Gone Wrong

Reeling in customers with false representation or misleading claims are techniques some companies use to market their products. Trying to make labeling appear greener may fool some, but smart buyers are capable of being label aware. Some organizations have attempted to uncover the tendency to use greenwashing to sell merchandise, and it may be surprising how prevalently used one study found it to be. TerraChoice conducted an initial study in 2007 to uncover whether or not merchandise that was marketed as green was in fact an ecological choice, and that the products reviewed met their claims. What they found was… read more

Pint-Sized PCs

Pint Sized PCs

The CuBox Pro Open-Source computer, the latest in a growing line of small, energy-efficient, linux-powered computers, has recently become available for consumers to purchase. The CuBox is a tiny 2 cubic inches, and is one of the smallest “desktop” PC’s available on the market. The Linux operating system is also well-known to be an energy-efficient alternative to Windows and Mac OS. Along with its miniscule design, the CuBox also uses only 3 watts of energy. Even though it may have a small power output, the computer is great for a wide range of application-heavy projects. The specifications include an 800MHz dual… read more

Social Media Society

Social Media Society

The impact of social media on society’s development hasn’t fully been measured just yet, but we can see that its impression has spread worldwide and in places one wouldn’t expect. Recently, social networks such as Twitter and Facebook have become the mediums through which revolutions rise and fall, the final say in political elections, and the grapevine for all of the world’s gossip to flow. This behavioral trend would explain why nearly 1 billion users spend their time on Facebook, how Twitter has nearly 200 million followers, and how social media is replacing traditional media in some instances as the… read more