Tuesday, March 11, 2008

how to buy really green

How do you know if what you're buying is really green or not? My favorite eco-friendly consumer advocate, Debra Lynn Dadd, has written a new book that answers exactly that question. Really Green covers easy green principles that anyone can learn, to help each of us understand the kinds of things that really DO help health and the environment.

It contains all the information you need to be able to tell the difference between products with real environmental and health benefits and those with misleading green hype. In this book, you will learn:

* What "green" really means
* The true foundation for defining green products
* The life cycle of green products
* The eighteen basic principles that define what's green
* The five basic types of green products
* All about green packaging
* Various shades of green products
* The cost of green goods
* How to spot misleading "greenwashing"
* How to change your buying habits to be green

Click on this link to find out more and buy the book today!


Carolynn Wain said...

Hi Michelle,
I love your blog. The more education we can spread about freeing our planet and ourselves from toxic cleaning chemicals, the better. Have you heard about norwex yet? You can clean most of your home with just water and high quality microfiber. These cloths actually remove 99.94% of bacteria using only water. Check it out at http://www.norwexonline.com

Stephanie said...

I've actually solved the problem by rarely purchasing cleaning products at all! I make most of my own - it's cheaper, and I know exactly what's in them.

Suresh said...

There is no escaping that our health - both individually and as a society - is directly linked to the health of our environment. So at Bluehouse, we passionately believe that what surrounds your body is just as important to your well-being as what you put into it. We offer you the confidence that the things we bring into your life are good for you, good for your family, good for your home, and good for the planet.
Our store offers home furnishings, accessories, and decorating elements such as flooring, rugs, and paint; each product we carry meets at least one of the following criteria, and most meet more than one.
1. Reclaimed, recycled, and/or recyclable materials
2. Alternative or managed resources
3. Conserves natural resources
4. Locally made
5. Made by hand
6. Organic, natural, or chemical-free
7. Contributed to healthier interior air quality
8. Durable, long-lasting, or collectible
9. Energy efficient solutions
10. Company demonstrates overall sustainable practices

For more detail please check http://www.bluehouselife.com/

Betty Mills said...

Hi Michelle,

Great Blog! I agree, it is so difficult to tell these days what is green and why. Organic, earth friendly, recycled, better for the environment, Green Seal..so many different definitions. My company took initiative educating B2B customers including small businesses, schools, cleaning service companies about the different types of green products. Check it out how we categorize them here:
Green Cleaning Products at BettyMills.com

Maeve said...

I recently came across a great resource for online cleaning products -- www.GreenCupboards.com -- They research and certify products on the basis of ingredients, toxicity, efficacy, manufacturing processes, and packaging. They provide excellent detail about each of these things in their product descriptions.

Amy said...

Thanks for this! I've started to get concerned about what my daughter's school is using to clean, esp. in light of stepped up disinfection for H1N1 prevention. Did some research and found this great report from the Environmental Working Group: EWG Report on Green Schools

Michelle Lynne Goodfellow said...

Amy: Sorry I took so long to post your comment! I've recently switched all my blogs to comment moderation, because I was starting to get spammed. But I also forgot to check for comments needing moderation!



five boros mold removal said...

Chemical free solutions did not convince me till I used them.I always thought they would be mild.But after using them I was sure that they are the only way I could be loving my home and the earth at the same time.

Anonymous said...

A lot of online stores will sell a starter kit for green cleaning. I started of with a Mrs. Meyers kit that has all the essentials for eco friendly cleaning. This is so much more convenient than going from store to store. This is awesome for people like me that rather not make their cleaning solutions but still want to be green.

Keith Edwards said...

Great to know what alternatives we have to common products, green solutions can work for anyone but as ever information is key and a bit of time spent on research goes a long way.

Running my own ECO safe cleaning company I have found solutions to perform high pressure cleaning without any chemicals and without comprimise, results well see for yourself at our Gallery page - www.ECO-Pressure-Clean.co.uk

Keep green and safe,
Regards Keith.

Domestic Cleaner said...

I haven't read the e-book yet (I will!) so what products are 'green but not really green' then? I'm not sure...

Dave Thompson said...

The mania to use a highly-touted product is top priority for many manufacturers. With a little effort, many household cleaners are Greener, cheaper, and safer for your family. Looking into vinegar, salt, lemons, steam, and castile soap to make many of your own Green cleaners.

Anonymous said...

I really like your post thanks for sharing about how to buy green cleaning product.
 Best Green Cleaners

Chemical Billy said...

Green cleaning products that are scented aren't green. The scents are VOC's (volatile organic compounds) which are the leading cause for "sick" home syndrome and ozone depletion. California has regulations (CARB) limiting VOC's in products.

A new manufacture, Bioworx.us doesn't scent their products. They also show laboratory proof their products work, such as dissolving soap scum.

Chemical Billy said...

Green cleaning products should be:
1) VOC free. VOC's are the leading cause for sick home syndrome and asthma.
2) VOC free fragrances.
3) No toxins, mutagens, carcinogens
4) With todays technology, green cleaners can outperform the best non-green cleaners.

Elizabeth Connor said...

Green cleaning products are usually free of fragrances. I normally use essential oils to compensate this tiny problem, and it works out nicely - the smell is gorgeous!