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Bankrate's 2007 Living Green, Saving Green Guide
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Learn 153 ways to be eco-friendly while saving green.
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Tip 134:
Beware meaningless semantics.
Don't be fooled by meaningless terms. One popular stamp: natural. "There is no such defined term," says Sandra Schubert, director of government affairs for the Environmental Working Group. The same goes for "safe" on cosmetics or "water-resistant" on sunscreens. The mistake consumers make is taking their word for it, when actually they should look for more information.
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If you're shopping for greener options, a little label savvy can ensure that what you pay for you actually get. The real cost is time: It puts a lot of responsibility on consumers to be their own policemen.
Tip 135:
Is it safe?
Recognize that not everything in a product is always on the label. What can be left out? Fragrances, contaminants and chemical compounds formed unintentionally by the interaction of two or more chemical ingredients. And scientists are discovering some of these chemical ingredients and unintentional mixtures can be linked with health problems. Avoid the chemical soup by sticking to labels with recognizable ingredients instead of long chemical names. And avoid labels with the catch-all term "fragrance" -- which by itself can include dozens or even thousands of extra synthetic chemicals.
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The cost: time. It requires some label reading and can be frustrating to find products that don't have dozens of chemical ingredients. One source: the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Database. Prices vary widely, depending on the product.
-- Posted: Oct. 4, 2007
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