Avoid These 5 “Green” Products

It seems like every time you go to the store there are new green products popping up in every aisle. That might give the impression that you have a slew of eco-friendly options for your needs, but don’t believe everything you read. A lot of products just say they’re green when really, they’re doing nothing at best or being outright harmful at worst.

These five products are the tip of the iceberg, but they’re a good place to start.

#1: “Flushable” Wipes

When you go to the bathroom, toilet paper is really all you need. While there are a lot of people spending money on flushable wipes, they’re a totally unnecessary product. Worse, as Adam Ruins Everything points out, they’re a paper product that doesn’t break down. So while they might go down your toilet, they can wreak havoc on your plumbing, and the environment, no matter what it says on the box.

#2: Crusher Units

You’ve no doubt seen the wall-mounted can crushers that double as plastic bottle compactors. While these don’t actually do any harm, they are a waste of cash. You don’t have to compact your items before you recycle them, and even if you want to, there’s no reason to pay more than $100 for a device that doesn’t make the process that much easier.

#3: “Green” Cleaners

We’re so used to reaching for bottles of factory-assembled chemical cleansers that we sometimes forget how unnecessary they are. Even if something claims to be green, it might not be. Stick to traditional natural cleaners, like vinegar, lemon juice, and sea salt, and find some recipes here.

#4: Organic diapers

You need to start ’em young, and organic diapers seem ideally green. However, for many, the organic cotton is only on the outside. Inside, well, it’s just like any other diaper. If you want to be greener, use traditional cloth diapers. They can be washed and re-used time and again, making them the far greener option, even if they are a bit more work.

#5: Ethanol

While using ethanol in your car might feel like you’re helping the environment, it’s a much more complex issue than that. Because so much ethanol is made from corn, the question of whether growing a plant for fuel, instead of food, gets tricky. Then there’s the question of emissions. Because while ethanol fuel might be made at least partly from plant materials, it’s still releasing carbon emissions into the air. While pursuing biofuels is definitely a good idea, switching to E81 is not as good as biking, walking, or using an electric vehicle when it comes to getting around.

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