Majority of Americans see organic label as an excuse to charge more






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USDA organic labelDoes an uptick in the economy give people more reason to care about Mother Earth? That is what a March 2013 Harris Poll of 2,276 U.S. adults (ages 18+) interviewed online set out to find.

 

Turns out that concern for the current stateand future of the environment are on the rise in 2013 (38 percent vs. 31 percent in 2012) even as economic indicators point to all-time stock market highs and a solid housing market recovery. However, as Americans start to feel better about reaching into their pockets, they still may not be ready to dish out the extra green on organic items. Turns out that more than half (59 percent) agree that labeling food or other products as organic is just an excuse to charge more.

 

“What surprised us most was that while Americans are showing more concern for the environment, they aren’t necessarily willing to pay more to do anything about it,” says Mike de Vere, president of the Harris Poll. “While Americans feel better about the economy, many are wary of the ‘greenwashing’ concept that gives companies a chance to cash in on consumers who want to help the planet but are confused by all the eco-friendly jargon.”


Fact vs fiction


Going green continues to be a gray area, as consumers try to decide where it makes sense to incorporate it into their lives. While recent research shows that organic produce and meat typically aren’t any better for you than conventional varieties when it comes to vitamin and nutrient content [1] , more than half of Americans (55%) believe that organic foods are healthier than non-organic. In addition:

  • 41% think organic food tastes better and/or fresher than non-organic
  • Only 23% know what the term “dirty dozen” (The Environmental Working Group’s annual list of foods consumers should always buy organic due to pesticide levels) means in regards to organic food
  • 48% think washing dishes by hand is more environmentally friendly than using the dishwasher, though a study from Scientists at the University of Bonn in Germany found that the dishwasher uses only half the energy, one-sixth of the water, and less soap than hand-washing an identical set of dirty dishes.


Is it easy being green? 

Americans are divided on how easy, or not so easy, it is to live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle, with nearly equal percentages of U.S. adults perceiving it as difficult (49%) and easy (47%). When asked about sentiments towards going green, respondents indicated the following:

  • Eight in ten Americans (80%) say they will seek out green products, but only three in ten (30%) are willing to pay extra for them
    60% of Americans prefer to use environmentally friendly cleaning supplies because of the chemicals contained in traditional cleaning products
  • As noted, the majority of Americans agree that labeling food or other products “organic” is just an excuse to charge more (59%)
  • Men are the most skeptical about organic, with 63% agreeing that the labeling of food or other products as organic is an excuse to charge more, versus 54% of women
  • Overall, efforts to be green seem to have leveled off, with nearly two-thirds (63%) making the same amount of effort to be environmentally conscious as a year ago, up considerably from 2009 (51%).

Source: Harris Polls

 

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Mother Earth And Your Possibilities For Caring

Mother Earth And Your Possibilities For Caring

Isn’t it about time that caring about what sustains us is part of our daily awareness and lifestyle, and becomes a constant practice like brushing our teeth?


Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Profit before survival seems to be more important. Short-term perspective comes before long-term, and our interaction with the planet that takes care of us every day isn’t something that comes naturally to us.


I’m talking about Mother Earth. Earth Day has come and gone; are we still keeping Her in mind?


How can we take something this essential to our existence for granted? Luckily, going green is the buzz phrase these days. Finally, it’s fashionable to be earth friendly. When our appearance is more important than our values, we lose the aspect of being human and the ability to interact instead of using. The ability to see ourselves as a part of a relationship that is an expression of who we are, rather than what we would like to be perceived as, is lost.


Nine Easy Actions to Keep Mother Earth Healthy


The obvious one is recycling, which seems so basic that it should be second nature, but it isn’t. Please go out of your way to recycle and if possible, compost.


Choose products from recycled materials over those that aren’t. For example, spend a little more money on quality clothes that last longer, then save those items until they come back into fashion. Or give it to those who need it when you don’t. Some companies are also introducing eco-fashion, even big-name brands like Levi.


Carry your own bag instead of getting one from the grocery store. There are a lot of little foldable ones on the market these days that fit nicely into your handbag.


Choose non-toxic products. This is better for your health and the environment.


Eat in a way the helps sustain the earth rather than exploiting it. Consider buying locally or purchasing food from your neighborhood’s farmers market.


Buy produce and food in its whole form so little or no packaging is needed.


Get a water filter and refill a water bottle instead of buying more plastic ones.


Get your newspaper online. And don’t print documents unless you need to.


Save energy. Turn off lights, don’t wash dishes under running water, only use the air conditioner if really needed, and use rechargeable batteries.


Product Tips and Food Choices


Choose Organic Foods

Eating organic food is healthier for you and for the environment as it omits the pesticides and toxic fertilizers. It also helps sustain smaller farmers, instead of factory farms, which leads to less pollution.


Factory farms pollute more and contribute to global warming. Apart from the fact that they treat animals inhumanely, the meat from these animals is harmful to your health. Choose sustainable farmed food, adapt a food-style high in vegetables, and when eating meat and eggs, choose from free-range, non-antibiotic, and non growth-hormone animals.


Choose fish from non-toxic farming resources or from the wild.


Shop and eat in appropriate proportions, cook with care, and don’t waste it. This does not mean eat everything on your plate, that doesn’t help the environment either. Overconsumption causes disease and therefore more waste with the need of medicine and hospitals, not to mention, you suffer. Instead, ask in advance to omit foods from the dish that you already know you are not going to eat anyway. Bring leftovers home with you for lunch, or give it to someone hungry in the street.


Go Wasteless and Choose Natural, Non-Toxic Products

Try to buy non-toxic household cleaners, unbleached toilet-paper, and paper-towels. You don’t have to breathe in the fumes or have toxic products touch your skin. It also causes less pollution to manufacture these products. Products from Seventh Generation, EarthWise, BioKleen, and Ecover are all good options.


Use recycled paper at the office and omit the throw-away pen.


Store your food in glass containers that last longer, especially if you use a microwave (not recommended) to heat your food. Plastic breaks down over time and is also unhealthy for you as it leaks into the food when heated.


Buy microfiber cleaning cloths that are washable, reusable, and trap the dirt and spills better than using tons of paper towels.


Buy larger containers of dish soap and pour into smaller containers as you need it, instead of many small bottles.


Wash and dry out your Ziploc bags. Hang it on a chopstick in a glass to dry.


Buy products that come in glass containers with lids that screw on so you can use them for storage later.


Take off your shoes indoors means less cleaning, less use of energy, and less toxins in your home.


Choose airlines with the newest fleet when traveling. They use less fuel.


There are many things you can do to green your life, every day of the year, not just on Earth Day. All it takes is a conscious mind and a willingness to take care of our planet with everyday choices.


“Achieving genuine happiness may require bringing about a transformation in your outlook, your way of thinking, and this is not a simple matter.” The 14th Dalai Lama

Food and Nourishment Counselor Jeanette Bronee from the Path for Life SelfNourishment Center, supports people in change. She teaches about food and self-caring habits and is an upbeat non-dogmatic resource, inspiration, and support when you want to find your path to new food choices and lifestyle habits that take better care of you. Visit us at our website which is at http://www.pathforlife.com

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GoodLife Bottles Review

GoodLife Bottles Review

The Eco-friendly alternative to bottled water is finally here.  GoodLife bottles are stainless steel, eco-friendly, and 100 percent recyclable.  These toxin free bottles are the safe alternative to the environmentally harmful plastic water bottles.  Plus, you save money by refilling the bottle from home instead of buying expensive bottled water.

Few people realize the damage that can be done to both the environment and oneself by drinking bottled water.  Of the more than 50 million bottles of water sold each year, more than 80 percent end up in a landfill.  Since plastic can never full biodegrade, this is just plain bad for the environment.  Now you can choose the safe alternative thanks to GoodLife Bottles.  Made of high-quality food-grade stainless steel, these bottles can keep liquid hot or cold for up to 24 hours.  

It’s easy to see why so many people have joined the GoodLife revolution.  These bottles are 100 percent BPA free, non-leaching, and toxin free, making them safe for you and your family.  Plus, you can feel good knowing you’re not harming mother Earth by using these products.  The GoodLife Bottles were created in an effort to offer a healthy alternative to plastic water bottles.  They are healthy for you and the Earth’s eco-system.  With several products to choose from featuring unique designs and colors, they make it easy to fit these bottles into your busy lifestyle.  

The Venture Bottle is the 1000 ML bottle and comes in a wide array of colors.  For those that want to enjoy the GoodLife on the go, there’s the GO Bottle, which is 500 ML and is perfect to take with you anywhere.  From stylish design to overall safety, there are many things that make these bottles the right choice when it comes to bottled water.  They can save you money and save the environment.

Find out more about GoodLife Bottles and read a GoodLife Bottles review.

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Why Sports Bottles Trump Plastic Water Bottles

Why Sports Bottles Trump Plastic Water Bottles

Buying a case of bottled water is convenient. It cuts down on time for busy individuals especially athletes. They can just grab one and go. But did you know that one fourths of bottled water is tap water? Or that the bottled water industry made upwards of 4 million dollars last year? That’s a humongous amount of money for something consumers can get practically for free by the turn of a knob in their own home. Cutting down on buying bottled water is not only great on our eco-system but it also saves money. The best solution for this is to get a sports bottle or a permanent water bottle of sorts which can be customized to fit any design.

The most obvious and best reason to own a personalized sports bottle is that it’s earth-friendly. Bottled water is typically made out of plastic. Plastic is a big detriment to the planet because for one plastic is made from petroleum which is a limited resource. Two, plastic is mostly non bio-degradable. It stays on our planet practically forever! With the overwhelming rise in popularity of water bottles in five years landfills will be overcrowded with plastic. What happens to Mother Earth then?

Another awesome reason to cut down on bottles of water is that it saves a whole lot of money. A case of “good” bottled water averages around six dollars for a case of twenty-four. If a consumer drinks the recommended amount of eight glasses or bottles per day then that case only lasts for about three days. That’s roughly twelve dollars a week, forty eight dollars a month. Imagine spending forty eight bucks a month on bottled tap water. Most people’s water bill isn’t that high.

The rewards for dedicating an extra five minutes in the morning to prepare a water carrier are enormous. Just imagine if at least ten percent of bottled water consumers decided to bring a sports bottle to games or to work. It is invaluable to the economy and easy on the wallets.

DiscountMugs.com is a large distribution company based in Miami, Florida. They are web-based and factory-direct which allows them to keep prices lower than the rest of the competition. They also have a huge selection of products from coffee mugs and travel mugs to sports bottles and custom t-shirts. Visit this page for more information on Discount Mugs

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Sustainable Enterprises: Endorsed by Mother Earth

Sustainable Enterprises: Endorsed by Mother Earth

Social responsibility towards the environment is fast becoming part of the business psyche of our society. Starting with the big guns who call it “corporate responsibility” to smaller companies pursuing eco friendly processes, there is a new sensitivity in the way businesses are run. The small entrepreneur is not to be left behind either, with a number of sustainable enterprises taking birth in this era of environmental consciousness.

There is no arguing that having respect for our surroundings is the right thing to do; but did you know that it’s also the smarter option? In the long run, it will save precious resources and possibly prevent calamitous occurrences. No wonder, organizations are taking to it in a big way. As an entrepreneur, you could do your bit to support the cause, or even better, make a business out of several options of sustainable enterprises.

Seeking inspiration? Look no further, for we have a range of ideas on sustainable enterprises you could make your own!

Work with recycled paper: You could set an example conserving trees by starting an eco- friendly recycled paper business. You could include greeting cards, paper mache items such as wall hangs, Easter eggs, pencil holders and paper bags in your repertoire. Use your creativity to design them and package attractively; coupled with the go-green motto, you will see your sales soar. You could also run classes to teach people craft using recycled paper,

Let nature do the talking: Tourism is big all over. You will always find people who’d like to take a trip to the countryside; hills; forests or anyplace where nature is in full bloom. Zero in on your favorite tourist spot and start an adventure enterprise. Your initial capital commitment might be higher but so are the returns. Be different from the others in the business and adopt an eco-friendly approach; talk against littering, include only biodegradable items in your travel pack, inform them about nature’s wondrous ways….

G(r)O(w) organic: This could be a refreshing alternative to all the junk food that abounds. Turn the public’s health consciousness to your advantage by growing organic food. Even what you grow in your backyard could fetch you big profits. Market your business through pamphlets professing the pros of eating healthy.

Capture nature at her best: You could translate your interest in nature photography into a sustainable enterprise. Use the photographs to make calendars or just sell them as portraits. you will find valuable resources to help you step into the field.

Enter the realm of power: Solar energy is the next big thing! The world is fast running out of resources and governments everywhere are trying to get everybody under the sky to install solar panels in their homes. The scope is enormous and you could play your part anywhere in the industry, from manufacturing to marketing! Learn more about the potential of this field through “Survey of the Emerging Solar Energy Industry” by J.A. Bereny, F. de Winter.

Start a website: If technical stuff is your forte, you could design a website dealing with the environment. Make it interesting by offering online courses, other ideas on starting sustainable enterprises, eco-friendly products, books etc. There is a lot of money to be made in this business and a quick stop will tell you how to make some of it your own.

“Ethical Money: How to Invest in Sustainable Enterprises” by John Hancock, and “Sustainable Enterprise: Profiting from Best Practice “by Christopher Stephen Brown, are other good resources on the subject.

When it comes to sustainable enterprises you will never run out of options, even the lemonade you sold in grade three falls under this category. What’s more, they also offer you a chance to make a real difference to our planet!

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Steel Water Bottles- Befriend Health Befriend Mother Earth

Steel Water Bottles- Befriend Health Befriend Mother Earth

Two types of water bottles are commonly available in the market. One is stainless steel water bottle and the other is the traditional plastic bottles. Recent studies of the market have shown that people prefer to go for steel water bottles nowadays. The filtered water bottle is sought after among kids and adults since it shows a great deal of positivity towards the health and environment.

Kids Stainless Steel Bottle- Advantages Of the Steel Water Bottle

Stainless steel water bottles for kids and adults are made up of food grade BPA free steel. This is harmless to the health of the human beings as it doesn’t react to any kind of food material such as tea and coffee, cold drink or normal water. Generally, filtered water bottles remove 99.99% contamination such as bacteria and fungus and dust from the water, making it fit for consumption. You can use the kids’ stainless steel bottle for storing warm or cold milk for the infants without any health hazards. The filters work well for one whole year and eventually wear out.

New filters are easily available in the market. These stainless steel bottles are completely made up of eco friendly materials and are 100% recyclable. You can also buy the insulated version of the stainless steel water bottle. The insulated bottles maintain the original temperature of the fluids whether it is hot or cold. It can maintain the temperature for approximately 4 hours or more once you open it. If stored unopened, the temperature will remain maintained for overnight.

Steel Water Bottles- Shapes and Colours

These bottles are available in all shapes and sizes along with multitude of colours. Interestingly, sizes may vary to customize the needs of both kids and adults. Unlike the plastic water bottles, stainless steel bottles are non hazardous, run for life time and are completely eco friendly. You can buy these steel bottles online and enjoy heavy discounts on each buy. For more information kindly search the World Wide Web. There are ample amount of websites available that provide these water bottles.

Ecovessel.com provides a complete line of stainless Steel Water bottles for both adults and children. Find Filtered Water bottle, Stainless steel sippy, and Kids stainless steel bottle from our product ranges.

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Sustainable Cosmetics – 5 Helpful Tips to Going Green With Cosmetics

Sustainable Cosmetics – 5 Helpful Tips to Going Green With Cosmetics

Sustainable Cosmetics is defined as using natural resources that aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for future generations. In layman’s turns it’s going green with cosmetics. Here are 5 easy ways you can have “green beauty”.

1. A very important measure of going green is to make sure all of your cosmetics or beauty products are not tested on animals, cruelty-free. This is something we must put a stop to completely.

2. The use of natural and/or organic materials to make cosmetics is essential. Most truly green products are certified natural, organic and/or vegetarian by the world’s most reliable independent third party organizations.

3. Green product companies will give back to “Mother Earth” by planting trees, investing in green research, or donating to green causes. This can be easily researched on the internet.

4. You need to understand the meaning of organic and natural when looking for green beauty products. Organic means that the ingredients are grown without toxins, chemical pesticides or herbicides, using sustainable farming practices. Natural basically means the ingredient is just that. Natural.

5. Green packaging is also important when you purchase beauty products. The use of recycled paper, boxes, etc. tells you the company you are dealing with is actually making an effort to save our planet.

Just be very aware of what you purchase and don’t get caught up in the “Going Green Ad Campaigns”. As you know ads can be misleading and as an educated consumer you can easily make the right choice.

Sustainable cosmetics are readily available and we all should begin to shift our focus on products which will help us leave this planet a little better than when we got here.

My website http://www.GoingGreenCosmetics.com concentrates on presenting the best organic and natural beauty products available on the market today. http://www.GoingGreenCosmetics.com also places importance in quality and value in everything we present to the consumer.

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