Hidden Green Traps

Hidden Green Traps

The green movement has been in full swing for many years now and there is still a lot of work to do, however there are also some hidden green traps to avoid. Many businesses and organizations tout green friendly products or services that are not what they seem. In short all they want is your hard earned cash. This practice of falsely advertising products to appear eco-friendly is known as greenwashing. Keep an eye out for red flags and poor reviews before succumbing to these traps.

Here are a few other green traps to look for.

Appliance Replacements

There are many choices regarding new devices to clean up your carbon footprint. However, blindly purchasing a new washing machine, dishwasher or toaster could produce unnecessary waste when you get rid of your old one. Determine how much extra energy you are using with your old appliance and if it is feasible to replace it. Sometimes using surge protectors that automatically cut off power when not in use will decrease energy draw from old products. Also, it is important to make sure your old product is recycled properly so your new purchase is not in vain when your old one ends up in a landfill.


It should be common practice by now but many people still do not understand the separate garbage bin rule. Your sanitation department will not take your recyclables if they are not divided into glass, plastic, metal and paper. Therefore, make sure you understand how your community recycles and what is required for proper pickup by contacting your local town hall for recycling rules.

Unnecessary Organic Products

The term organic has become a very gray area. Products that use the term ‘organic’ must have at least 95% organic ingredients. That means 5% can be non-organic. The term, “Made with organic ingredients” needs to only contain 70% organic components. Look for 100% organic so nothing is hidden. There are also foods that are highly resilient so you do not need to waste your money buying them organic.

Some of these are known as “The Clean 15”, listed below:

  • onions
  • avocados
  • sweet corn
  • pineapples
  • mango
  • sweet peas
  • asparagus
  • kiwi fruit
  • cabbage
  • eggplant
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon
  • grapefruit
  • sweet potatoes
  • sweet onions

Here are some popular choices that are more susceptible to toxins, such as pesticides. Try to buy these as organic. They are called, “The Dirty Dozen:

  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Domestic blueberries
  • Nectarines
  • Sweet bell pepper
  • Spinach, kale and collard greens
  • Cherries
  • Potatoes
  • Imported grapes
  • Lettuce
Extra Soft Toilet Paper

When a toilet paper product advertises that it is made from recycled paper or is organic, beware of the ‘super or extra soft’ description right next to it. This luxury toilet paper can be made from virgin wood, require extra energy, more chemicals and additional water to produce.

These are a few of the many hidden green traps out there. If you can, remain vigilant of materials or practices you know are red flags and stay away from them.


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