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Re: Congress Ponders Greenwashing

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avatar Congress Ponders Greenwashing
June 24, 2009 03:32PM
Of all the products claiming to be ecofriendly, 98 percent of them are guilty of greenwashing, according to TerraChoice’s survey of 2,219 consumer goods in the United States and Canada. And now Congress knows it, thanks to the testimony of TerraChoice Vice President Scot Case.

http://sierraclub.typepad.com/greenlife/2009/06/congressional-subcommittee-hosts-hearing-on-greenwashing.html
Re: Congress Ponders Greenwashing
June 24, 2009 04:53PM
Third party "certifications" are often worthless. There is a conflict of interest when a firm is paying to be certified. It's rare to be turned down for a certification. Buyer beware.
avatar Re: Congress Ponders Greenwashing
June 25, 2009 10:35AM
The latest backpacker magazine says "100% Carbon Neutral".

Someone wanna explain that one to me.
avatar Re: Congress Ponders Greenwashing
June 25, 2009 10:36AM
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bill-e-g
The latest backpacker magazine says "100% Carbon Neutral".

Someone wanna explain that one to me.


Made out of silicon, perhaps?
(or germanium, gallium arsenide, indium phospide, etc.)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/25/2009 10:38AM by szalkowski.
Re: Congress Ponders Greenwashing
June 25, 2009 10:42AM
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szalkowski
Quote
bill-e-g
The latest backpacker magazine says "100% Carbon Neutral".

Someone wanna explain that one to me.


Made out of silicon, perhaps?
(or germanium, gallium arsenide, indium phospide, etc.)

100% Recycled paper, produced purely by solar/wind/nuclear energy?

Of course, this does not account for the fossil fuel required either mail the mag or place it on a newstand.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/25/2009 10:44AM by bpnjensen.
avatar Re: Congress Ponders Greenwashing
June 25, 2009 10:45AM
Perhaps... but regardless it still has to get to my doorstep.
So in my brain nothing is carbon nuetral unless it is nothing...
Re: Congress Ponders Greenwashing
June 25, 2009 10:50AM
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bill-e-g
Perhaps... but regardless it still has to get to my doorstep.
So in my brain nothing is carbon nuetral unless it is nothing...

The only way it could be truly "carbon neutral" is if it were transmitted electronically via *machines* that are powered by non-fossil-fuel electric sources. One could argue whether the *machines* required FFs or wood combustion to be manufactured, but at least they probably would have been manufactured *anyway*.

So yes, true Carbon-Neutrality is very tough to achieve.
avatar Re: Congress Ponders Greenwashing
June 25, 2009 11:02AM
I was just being petty...

Global Warming is just a fallacy made up by the government to ...
A gabazillion people can't possibly have any effect on something as big as the planet...

(The Lorax comes to mind)
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