Monday, June 15, 2009

Eco Product or Green Washing

Are your conservation efforts when buying green products really working or is there another force working against you?

For example buying a green product out of California when you are living in New York. Did the cost and CO2 emissions for transportation negate the eco-friendliness of the product? Buying local would make more sense here.

How about buying an FSC certified floor and installing it then finding it is the wrong color or type. This is causing you to have to send it back for the correct floor and reinstall it. What happens to the incorrect floor and what about the transportation involved to get the correct floor?

What if the manufacturing process of an environmentally responsible product were not as green. This is the case with many products out there. Some are made with the best green intentions but do not use fair trade practices or have limited oversight.

How green is the retailer selling the product? Do they use environmentally best practices to transport, store and market these products?

I say let the buyer beware. Not only look at the product and raw materials, but also look at their manufacturing and labor practices. Truly green companies will tell you where and how their products were made. They will also tell you how they will be shipped so you can decide how green you will be after having purchased the product. Make sure you have checked and verified your order so that there will be no mistakes at delivery and installation.

Remember there is more to being green than just owning/possessing a green product.

1 comment:

  1. Very good point Rob. I know more and more companies are moving their ggods with trains these days, which I think is great. I'm not sure of the extact numbers but you can get a lot more cargo and cheaper than if it were all trucked one load at a time, that is for sure. This cuts down on the CO2 emissions a lot. I hate to say it, but we can only buy so many things locally and we are forced to have to buy some things that are not as eco friendly as we may want them to be.
    Chris D. Maenza Sr.