As more and more people are becoming aware of how their lifestyle and purchasing decisions can have an impact on the environment, makes of so called “green” products have seen a considerable increase in sales. This is very true especially among cleaning products, as many are looking to avoid using the usually harsh chemicals that are often found in cleaning products like grout cleaner, disinfectants, and toilet bowl cleaners.
Unfortunately, not all “green cleaning products” are really as environmentally friendly as manufacturers might have you believe. In fact, this issue is commonplace enough that the FTC has released an updated version of its “Green Guidelines,” helping consumers distinguish between products that are actually environmentally friendly and those that just claim to be.
Among their recommendations, the FTC encourages people to look for specifics on product labeling. Simply saying that something is “eco-friendly” is nowhere near specific enough — it should say exactly what features the product has that make it green. Additionally, consumers should read into “recycled” claims, and see whether the recycled title refers to the product itself, the product’s packaging, or both.