10 worst household products for greenwashing
Many household products are labeled with toxic environmental commitments, but CBC market research found that some of them are only equivalent to environmental protection.
\"There are so many green products on the shelves today, which is simply unstoppable,\" said Adria Vasil, a columnist and author of the Ecoholic series.
\"It\'s like a green tsunami.
\"Since companies don\'t have to put ingredients on cleaning products, it can be a challenge to figure out if the product is really eco-friendly.
They believe that consumers do not see too deeply for companies.
We can deceive them.
Marc Stoiber, who has worked in the advertising industry for 20 years, said he is now helping the company go green.
Ecoholic author Vasil, in collaboration with Marketplace, studied environmental claims for home products and created the following list of ten bad labels. 1.
Kill bugs with chrysanthemum flower-derived pesticides, Raid earthmulti more
Bug Killer claims to be an alternative insect control solution.
Although it is a naturally derived ingredient, the label warns the user to avoid contact with the skin and clothes and not to breathe in the fog when spraying it.
\"A lot of things in nature are actually dangerous and toxic,\" Vasil said . \".
Not all natural things are good for you.
This is a perfect example.
\"The product claims it can be used for bed bugs, although in many parts of Canada homeowners are banned from using this pesticide on the lawn.
\"Banned from your backyard, but is your bed OK?
Manufacturer SC Johnson said in a statement that it is \"committed to using sustainable ingredients in our products\" and that the product is \"safe and effective\" when used as directed \". \"2.
Sun Green Cleaning laundry detergent featuring Dew
The refreshing white bottle is covered with leaves, the Sun Green clean laundry detergent looks like a microcosm of environmental protection, and the label promises \"plants-
Based on cleaning ingredients.
\"But the CBC commissioned a test of the product and found that 38% of the product was made from oil once water was removedchemicals.
These chemicals have left a huge environmental footprint in extraction, refining and processing.
Sunlight responded to the market in a statement stating that \"more than 60% [plant-Derivative content]
We have made significant positive progress in reducing the impact of products on the environment. \"3.
Pillow of ObusForme ecological contour, while most memory foam is made of polyurethane, a chemical that stimulates the lungs, the label on obusforme ecological pillow indicates, it contains \"natural ingredients\" and includes palm oil-a potential environmental improvement if the quantity is large.
However, when the market contacted manufacturer HoMedics, the company said that castor hemp seed oil had only replaced eight of the oil --
\"Eco-contour pillows are produced using processes that reduce the use of chemicals that are harmful to the environment,\" HoMedics said . \". 4.
The label for this cleaning product says it\'s nottoxic.
But a market expert believes that one ingredient in the detergent
Butoxyethanol is listed by Environment Canada as a toxic health hazard that may harm red blood cells.
Vasil pointed out that no one is supervising
Household products are toxic.
This toxin is also not listed on the back of the product as there is currently no requirement for a list of ingredients on the cleaning product.
\"No one forced them to list their ingredients and clarify the actual ingredients in the product,\" Vasil said . \".
Simple Green answers from the market about its non-
Toxic statement in the statement
\"We already have an independent lab . . . . . . Conduct a series of tests on our products to confirm that the complete formula is nottoxic. \"5.
The Canadian eco-collection bath gloves on eco-collection bath gloves are made of bamboo, a plant that can grow sustainably, but hard grass is not as green as it looks.
To turn the factory into a soft fabric, harsh chemical treatment is required.
The product is also packaged in non-recyclable vinyl.
The company said that when the market contacted us, \"our packaging included the necessary product information in order for our customers to make informed decisions. \"6.
The label on the Vim PowerPro naturalvim bathroom cleaner says 98 cents of natural ingredients.
But as Vasily points out, the word \"nature\" is completely unregulated.
\"Since the company does not need to list the ingredients for the cleaning products on the back, Unilever has decided not to post them --
Even when asked, it\'s revealed.
\"Unilever did not disclose information on specific ingredients.
However, if this is the medical need for this information, Unilever would be more than happy to work with your doctor, \"said a customer service agent when the market called them.
The market tested the product.
Like many cleaning products, it mainly contains water.
When the water is eliminated
The first quarter of the product was found to be an oil product. Based on chemicals.
Unilever said, \"our \'natural spin\' claim is based on all the ingredients in the product, including . . . . . . Water. \"7.
One of the key issues of organic ice melting to eliminate the use of road salt ice melting is the damage of salt to aquatic organisms when it reaches rivers, streams and groundwater.
The organic deicing agent claims to be \"environmental safety\" and \"agricultural safety\"
A product made of beets.
When the market is in real time with the company\'s nuclear, the company revealed that only three of its products are beet by weight, and the rest are rock salt
Although the list of ingredients puts the beet first.
The company is not required to put the main ingredients first on the list.
Solutions tells the market that using beets can make the product work better, so there is less salt needed and less salt in the environment. 8. T-
Natura panWhile T fried by Fal
The Fal Natura frying pan uses 100 recycled aluminum, which is an environmental benefit, and there are other issues with how misleading the label is.
The label advertises that pan does not contain PFOA or all-fluorine bitterness, which is a type of non-
It may be a carcinogenic substance of human beings.
In fact, PFOA has never been used in T-
The Fal frying pan, but the company was criticized for using the frying pan during the manufacturing process.
The market called the company and asked if the new \"PFOA free\" tag meant they had stopped using it at the factory and they said it was still in use.
\"Independent analysis . . . . . . It has been confirmed that PFOA does not exist in any T-fal\'s non-
\"Stick to the cooker products,\" they added . \". 9.
Biodegradable clothes for decades
Recently, the old J-cloth introduced a new product that indicates that it is an eco-friendly alternative to paper towels: biodegradable J-cloth.
And an official.
It looks like a biodegradable seal may convince some people that it can be synthesized.
When CBC Marketplace called the manufacturer, they said the fabric could be thrown into the compost box.
\"The J cloth is made of cellulose fiber, which is 100 of what is extracted from the pulp.
These fibers are organic in nature and biodegradable . \"
However, a market expert noted that it could not enter the green bin due to the municipality\'s regulatory certification of the goods.
Anything that is not approved is sent to the landfill.
\"There is no biodegradable in the landfill,\" Vasil noted . \".
You will find 40year-
Old hot dogs in the landfill\"10.
The label on Dawn\'s antibacterial hand sanitizer says the promise that \"Dawn helps save wildlife.
\"After the oil spill, Dawn donated soap to clean up the animals and donated to rescue groups, but the product itself contained ingredients that were harmful to the animals.
Recently, the antibacterial agent chlorine San was officially announced to be toxic to aquatic organisms, an ingredient that environmental groups are calling for a ban.
\"We don\'t need more of this in our rivers and streams,\" Vasily said . \".
Of course, this is not about saving wildlife.
\"P & G, a Dawn product maker, declined an interview request from the market.
In a statement, the company said, \"all of our Dawn dishwashing products and ingredients are in line with the current legal and regulatory requirements of Canada.