5 Tips for Being a Green Label Savvy Consumer

Green Lifestyles - 5 Tips for Being a Green Label Savvy Consumer, green certifications and ratings, Greenwashin, home appliances, furnaces, air conditioners, dish washers, and refrigeratorsNothing will make the average consumer crazier than shopping for major home appliances such as furnaces, air conditioners, dish washers, and refrigerators. You are bound to spend a lot of money, and it’s almost impossible to get truly accurate information about an appliance once you are already in the store. Moreover, if you are looking for a “green” appliance, you’ll have to wade through a bevy of green certifications and ratings provided by manufacturers determined to greenwash their products for consumers.

How can you tell what sticker to believe? Here are some a few factors to keep in mind when you purchase that new, and hopefully “green”, device:

  1. Arrange for your old appliance to be recycled. Home appliances are typically made out of metal and plastic. These materials, of course, can be recycled. So if you want to be a green consumer, the first step is to make sure that your old appliances are recycled, and not simply dropped in a landfill. When the appliance you are replacing is a very large one, such as a refrigerator or a furnace, you can usually arrange for your local waste collection service to pick it up (there may be a fee). Though the appliance may be delivered

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Green Lifestyles - To encourage consumers to “trim their trash” while trimming their trees, Plastics Make it PossibleSM, an initiative sponsored by the plastics industries of the American Chemistry Council, offers this holiday “how to” with 10 tips to make the season a bit greener.A Holiday “How To” Guide for Plastic Recycling

WASHINGTON, DC  – Approximately 25 percent more waste – an extra 5 million tons – is generated during the holidays compared with the rest of the year. However, according to a recent national survey conducted online in October by Harris Interactive on behalf of Plastics Make it PossibleSM, 86 percent of U.S. adults plan to reduce their impact on the environment over the holidays this year. Two out of three of those adults who know how they plan to reduce their impact on the environment over the holidays will do so by recycling the plastic shipping, mailing and packaging materials that protect the gifts they receive. Read More »

20 Great Green Tips for Lazy People

Going green and laziness seemingly don’t mix. Common sense indicates that lazy people don’t usually make drastic lifestyle adjustments unless they absolutely must. For them, it’s not about the efficient use of resources - it’s about avoiding the extra use of their time and energy to complete unnecessary tasks. But if you’re an oaf and happen to care about the health of our environment, you can still take measures to do your part. The 20 green tips below require minimal effort and just an inkling of concern about the greater good. Read More »