Unit 7 - Personal Action

Lesson 2: Consuming Wisely

As well as being less consumptive, you should evaluate whether or not a product or service is good for the environment. If advertising tends to influence your shopping habits, again consider whether you really need the product.

Green products advertise this fact prominently on the label or on the set of directions that comes with the product.

As you would with any product in the market place, don't blindly accept the word of the manufacturers about the virtues of their products.

The people marketing green products, like all business people, are out to make a profit and will be reluctant to show their products in a negative light. They will play up the good points and minimize, or fail to mention, any drawbacks. It's up to you to be an informed consumer.