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Dawn Dish Soap

As for a solution to this problem its a little difficult because I don’t know much about oil or the chemicals used in this dish soap. The simple solution would be to use less harmful chemicals in making the soap. This may not be possible id those chemicals are what remove the oil and grease the best. The outlandish solution would be to remove all oil centers out of the ocean. I understand that we are able to get a lot of oil that way but the risk of an oil spill is too great. Oil spills can take months to clean and the water is never really the same after that. Wildlife can’t thrive with unclean water. Putting more oil centers on land isn’t the best solution but it could save more animals that way. An even crazier idea would be to get rid of all oil centers and find a renewable resource to use, again I really have no idea what we could do other than to stop using it.

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False eco-claims in the hospitality industry

There is an increasing trend in going green and claiming eco-friendly services. Many companies including hotels are marketing more eco-friendly alternatives, but are consumers aware of the legitimacy of these “greener” options. Many hotels spend more time and money claiming to be green rather than actually applying these practices to reduce their environmental impact. They slap a green label on anything possible to attract visitors. Of course the savvy eco-friendly traveler will pay a little more to help the environment, but are they really getting what they paid for. Lets take towel usage as an example, it is common to see a place holder to give visitors the option of reusing their towel by hanging them up, thus reducing water usage. Think about it, housekeepers replace towels on a daily basis, does one towel really make that much of a difference. A great amount of water is still being used, making the reuse of a towel insignificant. The same situation goes for sheets, but in reality, not getting your sheets washed everyday during your stay does not save the planet, and often, sheets and towels end up getting washed anyway. Another green alternative in some hotels are the use of recycling bins, but unfortunately housekeepers are still seen throwing recycled items into their trashcans when cleaning rooms. At the end of the day, these placeholders are suggesting that we recycle in anyway possible and to always choose an environmentally friendly alternative. This should remain unchanged although the effect of reusing towels and sheets seems to be insignificant compared to all other energy used in a hotel building.
For hotels to be less green washed there should be only one organization to oversee the legitimacy of a green hotel. Because of independent organizations, standards are obviously going to be different. So some hotel may have certifications that would not pass another organizations requirements. But this would be difficult for one place to oversee all hotels worldwide, which choose to take a more eco-friendly route. Or better yet, one towel per person, no sheets washed until check out, reduce prices for customers because they wont have a fresh pillow case or towel every morning.

Twambo Moyo

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Dawn Dish Soap

As for a solution to this problem its a little difficult because I don’t know much about oil or the chemicals used in this dish soap. The simple solution would be to use less harmful chemicals in making the soap. This may not be possible id those chemicals are what remove the oil and grease the best. The outlandish solution would be to remove all oil centers out of the ocean. I understand that we are able to get a lot of oil that way but the risk of an oil spill is too great. Oil spills can take months to clean and the water is never really the same after that. Wildlife can’t thrive with unclean water. Putting more oil centers on land isn’t the best solution but it could save more animals that way. An even crazier idea would be to get rid of all oil centers and find a renewable resource to use, again I really have no idea what we could do other than to stop using it.

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Chevron Greenwashing

Brandon Steele

Chevron has an entire page on their website about how they are “environmentally friendly.” This page dedicated for you to believe that they are a green company. The first thing I noticed was that the front page of the website has a nice picture of a lake and mountain and it says protecting nature. Underneath the picture is a vague explanation of what they do to protect nature. Chevron says “We believe that preserving a clean, safe, healthy environment can go hand in hand with meeting the world’s energy needs. We are continually evaluating and striving to improve our processes to reduce pollution and waste, conserve energy and natural resources, and reduce the potential for environmental impacts of our activities and operations.” This is a great thing but, there was no proof that they were actually trying to do what they were saying. Just below this quote is four pages which you can get more info about how they’re environmentally friendly in water, biodiversity, greenhouse gas, and energy efficiency. Click on the more info page bring you to another paragraph about how they are reducing the usage of water by recycling it. The problem is that they can say they are recycling the water all they want without any consequences. This is greenwashing. Chevron says that they are recycling water but they have almost no proof that they actually are. The other problem is that they have no information on their website about how much they are actually recycling water and how much of an impact it really is making. Chevron could be helping the environment but without solid information and statistics they are just saying they are and greenwashing anyone who reads about how they are environmentally friendly. The same general thing is going on for each page on Chevrons website a bunch of hopes and promises that sound good but little to zero proof.

Chevron is greenwashing in my opinion. I want to believe that every company is doing the best they can to be green but that is simply not the case. Yes, Chevron probably does try to be green, but I believe this is only for a good public image or laws that say they have to be green. I would have liked to see graphs and data collection to show how green they really are and how green they are compared to other companies. The best way to show that they were actually doing what they are saying would be to have a picture by picture step process on how they were green. Chevron should also show stats on how they’re being more green year by year. Another thing they could do is take before and after pictures of the surrounding areas they could be affecting and there factories. I believe that the best way to stop greenwashing all together is for people to be aware of what is happening. I think that their should be laws to help stop pollution but what will push the agenda on this would be public awareness. I believe that greenwashing will be nearly impossible to get rid of big businesses will always be able to convince people that they are being green because of the money they can spend on advertising.