It seems that no matter how hard we try to keep things clean, there’s always some dust or a smudge to take care of. When you go shopping at Harmons there’s over an aisle of cleaning supplies to choose from to help clean your house, workplace, car, clothes, and everywhere and everything else.
Not all cleaning products are equal when it comes to being green. To help you decide which cleaning supplies are the most earth-friendly, the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, created a labeling program called Designed for the Environment. There are thousands of items on the market that have been tested by chemists at the EPA. Those chemicals that meet the EPA’s standards for being earth-friendly, receive the label to help consumers easily know which chemicals they can purchase if they’re trying to reduce harm to the environment.
There are all sorts of Green Labels out there; the EPA’s Designed for the Environment is only one example. However, there is a term called greenwashing that can be applied to products that claim to be better for the environment, but in fact do less good than they say and in some cases do even more harm. Hopefully, the chemists with the EPA and other researchers awarding products with earth-friendly labels are taking all of the issues into account before awarding a product. The old adage “consumers beware” comes to mind. If you’re trying to reduce harm to the environment by purchasing earth-friendly products, it’s important to be aware of misleading or false advertising. Continue Reading »