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What Makes a Product Green?
Green products. Many shoppers want to buy them, many businesses say they have them. But what qualifies as "green"? How can consumers judge the green claims that marketers are attaching to nearly everything?
In general, a "green" product is one that has fewer environmental impacts than others in its class. This greenness may result from one or more stages of the product "lifecycle":
Although there is not a single standard for labeling a product as "green," voluntary consensus standards are emerging for some product categories through work by government, industry, and non-profit organizations.
Many Americans participate in local recycling programs, sorting bottles, cans, and newspapers for curbside collection or drop-off recycling centers. In order for recycling programs to be cost-effective, however, there need to be robust markets for recycled products. The American Chemistry Council has a database of recycled plastic products, and a number of fun and inventive products are now made from recycled or reclaimed materials.
Here's another idea for those empty bottles and rubber inner tubes!
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