Greenwashing

How to Spot Greenwashing Tactics By Companies

Greenwashing is an unwanted by-product of the modern environmental movement. Greenwashing is a term that refers to the practice of companies advertising their products and policies to be good for the environment in an effort to get environmentally-conscious consumers to purchase their products. It’s a deceptive abuse of green public relations and marketing. Greenwashing is everywhere. One automobile company marketed one of their conventional SUVs as “small and fuel-efficient” and their slogan was “thirsty for adventure, not gas”. Water companies …

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Biodegradable Tableware

Biodegradable Tableware

In the warmer months, we all enjoy having barbecues and picnics. We also try to be aware of our habits and make these events greener. The problem is, while we don’t want to carry around and wash all our dishes and cutlery, we also don’t want to have to leave with a garbage bag full of plastic. There is a solution for this: biodegradable plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery. Unlike traditional paper plates and plastic cups, which are made from …

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Feminine Hygiene

Eco-Friendly Feminine Hygiene

Let’s face the facts. The biggest difference between men and women is reproduction and all that it entails. Reproductive organs and the body parts designed to sustain the lives we create are the only biological difference between the genders. That difference allows women to conceive and bear children. That ability also comes with a menstrual cycle. So, about every month women need to manage their menstrual cycles. Though this is unavoidable, you can change how you manage it! In a …

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Green Pig

The Green Pig Syndrome

One would hope that what I am about to say is mostly fantasy, but I don’t think so.  On the heels of a variety of calls from people claiming to be environmentally concerned, I am finding that environmental issues rarely supersede convenience and cost.   One remarkable comment came when a person replied to me, “I don’t mind being environmental as long as it doesn’t cost me anything.”  Frankly, I was too shocked to respond like I should have.  The best …

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Hybrid Electric Cars

Hybrid Electric Vehicles: The Eco-nomy of Eco-friendly Hybrid Cars

The most valuable possession next to our house is what we drive. If we cannot conserve energy by taking public transportation, the next best option, it seems, is choosing the most environmentally advantageous vehicle. Below are some facts about the Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) to help you make an informed decision: Hybrid Electric Vehicles have two engines employed simultaneously: a standard gas and an electric motor powered by a battery. This results in better mileage and lower emissions. In addition, …

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Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid

Natural Cosmetics – Ten Synthetic Ingredients to Avoid

If you want natural products, you have to be willing to search them out. Learn to read labels, and refuse to settle for half-natural hair and skin care. Below we have listed and described our “ten most wanted” ingredients we here at EnviroCitizen most want to see the labels of so-called natural hair and skin care products. Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea — These are the most commonly used preservatives after the parabens. They are well established as a primary …

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Holiday Composting

Composting For the Holidays

 The holiday season is once again upon us; a time for friends, family, food and composting.  Here at EnviroCitizen, we know this is a busy, fun-filled time of year.  We also know that the holidays offer a true opportunity to give mother Earth a special holiday gift – the gift of compost! The holiday season produces an outsized quantity of waste.  What better way to return those materials to the Earth than composting them.  After all, composting is the Earth’s …

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Natural Pet Care

Tips for Natural Pet Care

  Right now, your pet is wondering, “What can I do to reduce my carbon pawprint?” Here at EnviroCitizen.org, we know that natural pet care is easy and affordable — just take a look at these simple tips below, and help your pets stay healthy while reducing their impact on the environment. Choose a Recycled Pet Each year, between 3 and 4 million dogs and cats are put to death in shelters throughout the United States. Despite this tragic fact, …

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How Green Is Your Campus?

Back to School: College Campuses Drive Green Initiatives

EnviroCitizen.org explored initiatives taking place on college campuses to reduce the footprints of these large users of energy and other resources.  Here is what we found. Serving in many respects as microcosms of the world at large, college campuses are great test beds for environmental change, and many students are working hard to get their administrations to take positive action. The initiatives that are emerging are models for the larger society, and the students pushing for them will be taking …

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Whats In Your Purse

Natural Toiletries: What’s In Your Purse?

Here at EnviroCitizen.org, we like to ask questions.  The question we ask you today is what’s inside your makeup bag? A shimmery lipstick, a full-proof foundation and a tube of black mascara? Now take a good, hard look at what’s really inside your makeup bag. Read all the ingredients. The real question is are the products you use every day safe? Last year, Americans spent about $50 billion on cosmetics and toiletries. While looking good isn’t a crime, it is …

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