Ethical Shopping News
Ecolab, the top gun car wash manufacturer/supplier (world largest sanitizer company with $5 billion in sales), announced its new program to certify car washes in the US as green. The company is looking for a two-tier improvement in the car washes it supplies: make them green and market them as green to eco-aware consumers. The program is called Blue Coral Beyond Green. Modern Car Care reported the new rollout as Ecolab’s effort to move a laggard car wash industry into the green era.
March 22, 2008
Anytime a design comes along that improves on both the quality and sustainability of the existing standard, it's worth noting. The Brelli is one such product. Not only is it the world's first 100 percent biodegradable umbrella, it's also designed to last longer. With about twice as many spokes as the flimsy umbrellas you're likely to see littering the streets on a particularly nasty day, the Brelli is designed to resist wind and not turn inside-out.
March 20, 2008
Many of the top electronics companies have instituted recycling programs in recent years, aiming to cut down on consumer waste and the release of dangerous chemicals into landfills. But what if you can't find that little envelope that came with your cell phone or printer cartridge, or if the nearest drop off center is a hundred miles from your house?
March 19, 2008
The latest issue of GOOD Magazine features a diagram of a few dozen top American natural foods brands and the corporations that own them. Many of the names on the list will probably surprise you.
March 17, 2008
One of the most sensible proposals for neutralizing the confusion that greenwashing has brought to green shopping, is a labeling system that would allow consumers to actually compare products in the same way that dieters might compare fat and calorie contents. It's highly unlikely that such a system will be implemented at the federal level in the United States, but some businesses have been experimenting with voluntary carbon labeling systems that could one day become the standard by which we measure the footprints of the products we buy.
March 13, 2008