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Saving Our Poopy Planet, Honestly!

Victoria Cox

The Honest Company is a new line of eco-friendly baby products. This company is a huge example of green washing because people always feel better when using environmentally friendly products with their children (this helps them feel as if they are helping the planet a little more by going ‘green’). This is a company that qualifies as green washing because they are putting a whole new out look on baby products, and not just eco- healthy diapers and wipes. The Honest Company has taken their eco-friendliness to a different height by creating waste –reducing soaps, shampoos, healing balms, detergents, detangling spray, cleaning products, etc. The products they create that are plant based products as well as packaging that is renewable. I would say that The Honest company would suggest that we change almost everything that pertains to baby products, I think that they are trying to become the new and improved and eco-friendly baby product company. They are expecting people follow in their footsteps and redesign their whole dynamic.

A less green washed version of the company would have to be cloth diapers. This is a better solution than plant based product (such as The Honest Company) because this idea expands reduce, reuse, and recycle. Cloth diapers reduce the amount of waste being sent out because they are machine washable. A major obstacle in changing to cloth diapers would have to be keeping the stench of messy butts out of the diaper (even after a cycle in the washing machine). To make this product into a reality, we would have to come up with a eco-friendly and baby-friendly non harmful chemical to revamp (refresh) the diaper to make sure it is sanitary (especially after a poopy diaper,yuck!) Another obstacle to overcome in creating a cloth diaper would have to be the storage…think about it for a second, if you send you baby to their childcare center and they poop, what to do with the stinky diaper until you get home to put it in the washer? Putting the diaper in a bag would be the most logical answer, but wouldn’t the bag have a stench? Yes, but if we could create a bag with a baking soda insole so it was soak up the stinky diaper smell (the baking soda insole would be re-changeable). This could be a HUGE economic transformation because it, first and foremost, will create a whole new job market including; scientist, factory workers, etc. The downfall to this product would be that instead of throwing the dirty diaper in the can, washing the diaper daily would be a mandatory duty…this would cut back on the whole reduce notion. Honestly (ha, no pun intended), this cloth diaper movement could create a whole new social transformation as well. This could be a new social norm which could change the way we look at diapering our babies forever, breaking societal norms in terms of baby care.

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The Dark Side of Green Cleaning Products

By: Mikaela Panagoulias
I am writing about cleaning products, such as Clorox Green Works and Simple Green, that claim to be Eco-friendly and green. This is an example of green washing because although the products are less harsh than your typical cleaning products, they are not as strong which means you have to use more to get the job done. Since you have to use more of the product to get the desired clean you want, you have to buy more bottles of it and the bottles are made of one hundred percent un-recycled plastic. So you are made to think you are being more environmentally responsible by using these “green” cleaning products, but in reality you are still using plastic bottles that are just going to be thrown away and not recycled to make new bottles of the cleaner. Another way in which you are being green washed by these “green” cleaning products is they are falsely advertising that the products are completely non-toxic, when in reality they still contain many of the same toxic chemicals, such as petroleum and 2-butoxyethanol, as everyday products. Chemicals like 2-butoxyethanol have been linked to birth defects, respiratory issues, and reproductive problems. Many of these green cleaning products are claiming to be made from all plant-based substances, but a recent study from the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemistry Society have found that none of the products were one hundred percent plant based.
An alternative approach that I have come up with to make theses products less green washed is to start off by using either glass bottles or bottles that are made of one hundred percent recycled plastic to physically hold the cleaner in. This is one step that will make the product less green washed because it will reduce the amount of plastic bottles being wasted and thrown into a landfill, versus recycled to get many more uses out if it. When it comes to the cleaner itself, an obvious way to make it less green washed is to actually derive the products from one hundred percent plant based materials. Doing this would be extremely hard because there would be various barriers, the biggest one being money. It would be a lot more expensive to find a way to make a cleaner that can clean thoroughly enough while still maintaining an eco-friendly composition. These major companies want one thing and that is money, so I doubt they would take the time and money to make a one hundred percent green product. Another barrier is the glass bottle, that would probably not work out because of the high risk of them breaking from the factory to the store to households.

http://inhabitat.com/study-reveals-some-green-cleaning-products-arent-as-eco-as-they-say-they-are/
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/16/toxic-chemicals-in-green-cleaning-products.aspx