Hi, my name is Ryan Poon and I live in Oakland, CA.
I chose this discussion of green products because they are essential to a sustainable future and play a large part in the development of a clean environment. However, as the prompt suggests, green products are difficult to attain. They are often expensive and hard to find. For example, for my environmental science class, I was required to purchase a notebook made of recycled paper. The notebook cost four dollars, which was significantly more than the one-cent price of a regular notebook. Though some products may be environmentally friendly, it’s difficult to push ourselves to buy something over another item that essentially serves the same purpose. I think the best way to make green products more affordable is to find cheaper, alternative methods or materials to manufacture the object while also maintaining its eco-friendliness. To increase its availability, I think that the places that sell green products should promote them more, such as by placing them near the front door or behind the store window.
I did some general research about green products and I came across this interesting article, which presented some other problems about this subject. According to the text, many companies have been “greenwashing” people with firm environmental values by misleading them with their products’ titles of “green”, “environmentally friendly”, and other such names. The author makes known the fact that all products, regardless of whether they are green or not, have an ecological footprint. No item is actually environmentally “good”; each one has its own advantages and disadvantages. Though some companies may claim that their product is green, they often do not mention the other processes required, such as production, transportation, usage, and disposal.
The article here may make one slightly depressed, especially as in addition to these problems, green products are expensive and often inaccessible. However, the author instructs us not to lose hope, but rather become knowledgeable of products and issues and circumvent the titles companies may place on their merchandise. Another way we can avoid buying the wrong manufactured goods is by asking ourselves if we really need them or if we could reuse something we already have.
Nevertheless, it is difficult to discern what is right and what is false. How would you determine whether a product is actually green or not? How would you solve this problem?