• http://www.pragmaticenvironmentalism.com Brenda Pike

    I kind of feel like attacking a large corporation for improving (even just a little) is nonproductive. It would be like me attacking Janet Evanovich books. They’re may be brainless reading for me, but for the woman I’m tutoring in English, they’re an accomplishment. The people who are going to buy this aren’t the hard-core environmentalists; they’re regular people who won’t go much out of the way to look for better products, but might make the switch if it’s a familiar label. My own first “green” dishwasher detergent was Cascade. Now I use Seventh Generation. It’s all a progression, and I think we should be encouraging any improvement.

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky

      That’s totally fair, Brenda – baby steps! I can totally see how a green version from a conventional brand might help someone who was a bit skeptical try something new.

  • Loren

    If you want true environmentaly friendly products made by an environmentaly conscience company e-mail me at: bethandloren@wedeliverwellness.com or call my office at 712-260-6571

  • Ben.

    I have many an issue with “Green”, from both a consumer and a supplier point of view.

    Firstly, let me discuss a particular pet peeve of mine. “Green” concepts. Some undergrad design student re-invents a widely accepted product, puts a green spin on it and claims it will make the world a better place. These are becoming all too common now-a-days.

    One particular example would be the “embossed coke can”, which replaces the ink with an embossed logo. Great, reduce the amount of ink that goes into this can, must be green, right? What designers and Joe Public seem to forget is the proccess that produces such items. To create the new embossed can, Coke would need to invest in new equipment to emboss the can that will still feed into the rest of the canning facility, not such a green idea afterall!!

    From a consumer point of view, anything that can be considered better than the standard product generally always. The same is seen with “Organic”, although there are strict guidelines and regulations behind that claim.

    I think a generally consumer awareness of what this percieved green-ness actually is, and more legislative restrictions on what claims can and cannot be made!

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky

      I totally agree. Words like “green” and “natural” are so abused, the meaning has been watered down to mean pretty much whatever marketers want it to mean. Without some solid parameters to define what makes a product “green,” it’s pretty much up to us as consumers to do our homework,

  • Ben.

    Sorry, that last sentence should be “an increase in consumer awareness”.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/groups/internet-banking Internet Banking

    Hey, I just hopped over to your site via StumbleUpon. Not somthing I would normally read, but I liked your thoughts none the less. Thanks for making something worth reading.

  • http://www.wecleanyourblinds.com/ Kristy Beu

    Hi there, I found your blog via Yahoo and google while trying to find a company that did new blind sales and your post caught my interest

  • http://www.ecokaren.com karen

    “green”, “natural” and anything “eco” (as in ecokaren – *sheepishly grinning*) is probably overused. But, as someone suggested, layperson who is taking baby steps to being environmentally responsible gets pulled into those words when buying products. It’s the big corps that abuse that power of green marketing that is at fault for diluting it.

    I bought that Palmolive +Eco dishwasher detergent without reading the fine prints. Brought it home, opened it to use it and almost passed out from the smell of chlorine. Took it back to the store and exchanged it for a Seventh Generation. I was trying to give a big corp a chance. But it failed me, yet again.

    We just have to send messages out like this to the world to educate as many people as possible via blogs like yours and mine. Keep up the great work you are doing! I’m glad I’m in good company. :)

    • http://glueandglitter.com/ Becky Striepe

      Karen, I totally agree! The more companies misuse the term, the more it gets watered down. I think small companies like yours do a lot to combat that, you know what I mean?

  • http://www.builtindishwasher.org/ 18 inch built in dishwasher

    I was wondering what is up with that weird gravatar??? I know 5am is early and also I’m not looking my best at that hour, but I hope I don’t look like this! I may however make that face if I’m asked to do 100 pushups. lol

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