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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Environmentalism co-opted by consumerism

Do these "green" tip lists actually reduce the likelihood of making the big changes needed to help our planet? I don't think so...

"Examining 2,219 green products throughout North America between November 2008 and January 2009, TerraChoice also found that 98 percent of them weren't as green as they let on; rather, green claims came with hidden trade offs, lacked proof, were irrelevant, or in the case of something like organic cigarettes were simply distracting from the harm created by the overall product type."

"Green consumerism runs the risk of giving consumers a false sense of accomplishment, reducing the chance of further change. It deludes us into thinking we're going to shop our way into sustainability. What everyone can agree on is that solving the current problems isn't necessarily about introducing more green products. Rather, the answer may be to think differently, look at things through a green lens, simplify life and consume less."

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