Published by Which?
on Monday 18 July 2011
Save hundreds of pounds by leaving these gadgets on the shelf…
Which? today reveals 10 eco products that we think aren’t worth buying, which could help you save £535 by leaving them on the shelf. We also give you alternatives to help you save energy, water and money.
Eco products you don’t need…
There’s a plethora of eco products on the market that promise to slash your power, heating or water bills, but our tests reveal that not all of them deliver on those claims. We sent a range of eco products to our lab for testing, while others went to a user panel for assessment.
To separate the products we think are and aren’t worth investing in, we sent some to our lab for testing, and others to a user panel for assessment. During our tests we found that one product, the Ecotek Energy Wizard, actually did the opposite of what it claims to do – it actually increased the power used by a plasma TV or stereo. And we found that two disposable battery chargers didn’t do the job effectively – even though each could cost you up to £35.
One user whose home didn’t have high water pressure found that the water-saving shower head they tried only provided a disappointing trickle of water to wash under.
Find out the full details of the eco products that we think you can live without…
Published by EHS Today
on Friday, 22 April, 2011 by Laura Walter
On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, organizations and communities across the nation will come together to celebrate, honor and protect the earth while promoting sustainability and environmental awareness.
“Forty years ago, Americans across the nation took up a call for cleaner air, safer water and unpolluted land,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson in an Earth Day message. “They saw that to keep our families healthy, to build clean communities and to make America stronger for the future, we needed to protect and preserve our environment.”
EPA will hold free Earth Day events on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., April 24 and 25, where Jackson and senior EPA officials will be in attendance. Exhibits will include an environmental crime scene forensics demonstration; cutting-edge automotive technology; climate change habitat loss exhibits; environmental videos; an interactive environmental hazards booth for kids; backyard composting demonstrations; a Chesapeake Bay water model; and more.
“As we look to the past, we are also focused on …
Feeling Skeptical about “Green” Products?
To find the line between greenwashing and environmental victory, Wake Forest University Sustainability Director Dedee DeLongpré Johnston advised, “If something sounds too good to be true, it likely is.”
That means even products touted as organic or eco-smart might not be as Earth-friendly as they seem. Before purchasing that product, consider the following:
Where was the product made, with what materials, and under what conditions?
How much water and …