This New Toolbar Kills Greenwashing
Even if you love the product and have the money, it's hard for eco-conscious shoppers to make the commitment click. It seems like every item that hits the shelves today claims to be green, but very few actually are. How's an environmentalist supposed to trust that their purchases really are taking care of the Earth?
GoodGuide's new "Transparency Toolbar" aims to make cutting through the B.S. as easy as glancing at the bottom of your screen. After downloading the toolbar (it's free and compatible with Firefox and Chrome), the idea is, you'll never again be left floating amid the sea of greenwash. The toolbar, which only pops up when you visit an online shop, lets you know whether the product you're viewing is easy on the planet, based on information culled from an array of criteria.
As for filtering out environmental poseurs in the real world, check out Futerra Sustainability's Greenwash Guide (PDF) or read this. With a bit of effort, you can make sure that when you're voting with your dollars, you're protecting the planet.