Thursday, June 28, 2007

Great Article on Greenwashing

Home Depot is rolling out eco-options; the 800-pound gorilla Wal-Mart has pounced, not jumped, on the green-eco-hybrid-bandwagon. So what does it get us?

"Plastic-handled paint brushes were touted as nature-friendly because they were not made of wood. Wood-handled paint brushes were promoted as better for the planet because they were not made of plastic.

An electric chainsaw? Green, because it was not gas-powered. A bug zapper? Ditto, because it was not a poisonous spray. Manufacturers of paint thinners, electrical screwdrivers and interior overhead lights claimed similar bragging rights simply because their plastic or cardboard packaging was recyclable."

Read more at the New York Times website.

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