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What to Buy at the Dollar Store

What to Buy at the Dollar Store

There is no question that dollar stores provide bargains and more consumers have started to look toward them for basic needs.  Yet, dollar stores bargains are accompanied by products that may be health hazards.  Consumer Reports tested some of the more popular products bought from dollar stores and found both bargains and dangers.

November 24, 2007

Operation Greenwash

Operation Greenwash

No one is immune to being mislead by a clever marketing ploy—ethical or otherwise—but in the case of greenwashing there are a few things to look for that greatly reduce your chances of being conned. TerraChoice, an environmental marketing agency, has drafted "The Six Sins of Greenwashing" to help shoppers identify when a product is actually cutting CO2, and when it's just blowing smoke.

November 21, 2007

Guilt-Free Cleaning

Guilt-Free Cleaning

For those without the time, energy or abilities to keep a clean home or office, it sometimes makes sense to bring in some professionals. But what of those boxes filled with brightly colored liquids and the toxicity that they bring to your home and to the environment? A growing number of cleaning services like Guilt-Free Pleasures of Seattle, are responding these and other ethical issues.

November 9, 2007

Household Cleaners Linked to Adult Asthma

Household Cleaners Linked to Adult Asthma

A nine-year study of 3,500 adults published in The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, suggests that weekly use of cleaning sprays can increase the risk of developing adult asthma by as much as 50 percent. Air fresheners, furniture cleaners and glass cleaners were found to have the greatest effect.

November 7, 2007

Home Depot Promotes Eco Options

Home Depot Promotes Eco Options

On Earth Day, Home Depot gave away one million energy efficient light bulbs to customers all over North America. The giveaway was a promotion for the hardware giants's Eco Options campaign, but it was also intended to sell the very idea of energy efficiency to customers who aren't accustomed to factoring it into their purchasing decisions. Since the success of the Eco Options campaign relies on creating more green consumers, Home Depot has a legitimate interest educating its customers about energy efficiency.

October 30, 2007

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  • Alter Eco
    Fair Trade Coffee, Tea, Sugar, Rice and More.
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    Internet toy store sells only American and EU made toys.
  • Big ethical online marketplace
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  • Find natural and organic products at Atlantis Natural.
    Natural and Organic Products and Information for Babies and Kids

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