On the same note, one of my favorite posts from last year was by blogger Joel Makower who wrote a post about green products not being substantially better than conventional and while I didn't agree with all of the post he makes some good points. I especially like how he wants folks to question all aspects of a product, not simply if it's marketed as green or not.
All this got me thinking about eco-friendly products I wish someone would create. Personally I do like to buy products that I don't feel guilty for using or that won't harm me, my son, or the earth, but companies don't make it easy. I have a ton of products I'd like to see made better, but just for example I'd like to see...
Eco-friendly deodorant and/or antiperspirant. I know some people don't think you should even use antiperspirant, but as I noted in the other thread if I have to interview someone or attend a business event it looks lame if you're all sweaty. So far I've never even found a decent eco-deodorant though, so I guess the antiperspirant is a moot point.
Organic conditioner that works - really works without icky junk in it. I have curls and if I use shoddy conditioner my hair looks terrible. Yes this is totally a vanity thing but still, I don't think it's too much to ask. Most of the marketed "organic" or "natural" conditioners aren't so organic or natural if you take a good look at them and it's frustrating. The best thing I've actually found is plain old organic olive oil but it's really messy.
Drain cleaner - Personally I don't get why people just don't use a $2 drain trap; easy and eco-friendly. However, lots of people I know don't then they end up getting clogged drains and buy chemical drain cleaners which aren't safe. I wish I could direct them to a nice eco-friendly option that actually works but I've never seen one. Most of the enzyme based drain cleaners / drainers I've reviewed don't live up to the promise.
Eco-friendly clothing for 8 year old kids to teen kids - Eco-friendly clothing companies think people come in three, and only three ages; baby, toddler to young child, and adult. As the mama of a nine year old this drives me crazy. It's like organic and sustainable clothing companies think people hibernate or run naked from about 8 years of age to late teens. I'm not kidding. I've looked everywhere and it's incredibly hard to find eco-friendly clothing of any kind for middle year kids. We buy a lot of stuff at thrift stores which I do consider eco-friendly, but I'd like the option to buy new once in a while.
Legos - they're plastic and there's no comparable alternative. My son like wooden blocks too but he LOVES Legos. Lego does make some items with reclaimed plastic which begs the question why don't they do this as a rule or at least use recycled paper for their catalogs? They're not very green but my son adores them so... ?
Are there any products on the market that you wish were better from an eco-friendly standpoint?