Despite the trend of working from home rather than driving to the office, commuting on the roads is still a reality for millions of Americans. Rising gas prices have many people contemplating changing cars or even changing jobs. It’s starting to get ridiculous.
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Environmentally-friendly products have been big business for a couple of decades. They’re almost as old as the eco-movement itself as science discovers just how badly we’ve been treating our planet. Are products truly “green” or are they just bringing in more green to the bottom line of companies taking advantage of the trends?
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It’s a gadgetized world. Chances are, you use or interact with dozens of different gadgets every day. We don’t even notice anymore much of the time as the concept of living without them has become a distant memory.
There is a cost. Despite the fact that these household gadgets are more affordable and accessible than ever before, we are creating a tremendous strain on our power grid (and our wallets) that many may not notice. We add surge protectors to our wall sockets in an effort to plug in our ever-growing inventory of gadgets. We often run these gadgets non-stop. It all adds up.
To put it into perspective, we look to our green friends at 1bog to break down exactly what is happening, what the costs associated with gadgetizing are, and we look at different ways to prevent the over-consumption of energy.
What if you were told that a whopping 95% of all products that claim to be "green" are misleading? Well, a new report by the Underwriters Laboratory of Canada sampled 5,296 products in stores across the U.S. and Canada and found just that.
The big issue here is that products are able to make claims without any proof, and not only that, some products are just plain vague and misleading about how "green" they actually are. In fact, the total number of "green" products has risen 73% over the past year, of course as the study shows, some of which are not so "green" at all. Luckily, within that number is a rise in products that actually are "green."