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We went to Target to do a big shop today (after 5.5 weeks away, the pantry and fridge were mighty empty looking...don't worry, we gave away all the perishable items to friends and family before we left!).  When wandering down the paper products aisle (one of my green sins is my kleenex addiction), Kiwi spotted a package of disposable paper coffee cups (complete with plastic lids!) that claimed to be eco- cups because they were made with recycled paper...

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Don't you just love that.  I guess if you have to have them, it would be better than non-recycled products, but yes, disposable is hardly a green product, it still winds up in a landfill.

 

Okay here is my least favorite: Jergen's new commercials saying that their lotions are now 92% natural!!!  Come on!  Lotion is pretty much 70% water anyways, and 8% synthetic doesn't mean it's good for you or the environment!  I can't believe they are using these tactics and I certainly hope that people aren't falling for it!

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Oooff...that's pretty bad.  It's kind of like saying using the "eco-shape water bottle" makes you super green.

 

I suppose if you're going to make that kind of purchase, it might as well be a little bit better (meaning, using recycled content in the cups...rather than virgin paper).  But...to call them eco-cups?  That's pretty bad!

 

I was in Office Max (or one of those office supply stores) the other day and I saw an "Eco Stapler."  Now...you might think this was one of those staple-less staplers.  No no.  It still used staples.  But the stapler itself was made with just a little less plastic. 

 

(on another note, welcome back, nitedreamer and kiwi!)

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That's hilarious!!!

On a more serious note, we have to be really careful these days not to get sucked into purchases that are... well, questionable...

 

I am not against green being fashionable and embraced by more people, but naming things eco or green just because they use  a bit less plastic, or because of their shape, that's ridiculous...

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Originally Posted by stins:

I was in Office Max (or one of those office supply stores) the other day and I saw an "Eco Stapler."  Now...you might think this was one of those staple-less staplers.  No no.  It still used staples.  But the stapler itself was made with just a little less plastic. 

 

This is especially silly considering that staplers are hardly a use once and toss type item...I can just see companies trying to start a trend of upgrading your stapler to get the latest in stapler technology- being more "eco-friendly."

 

(Ps- thanks!  it's good to be back...)

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Yeah, I had a friend that was convinced she was being super eco-friendly by switching from regular paper lunchbags to recyced paper lunchbags. She got a little pissed when I told her disposable lunchbags will never ever be eco-friendly, and that she should just by a vintage reusable one instead.

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