5 Green Myths
Establishing eco-friendly habits can be a challenge, especially since much of what we read and hear is inaccurate, confusing or even conflicting. Read on to uncover the truth behind some of the most popular green myths.
1. Eco-friendly cleaning items are pricey.
There’s usually not much of a cost difference between the two. Alternatively, you can spend less by making your own cleaning products with vinegar and baking soda.
2. All non-organic food has the same amount of pesticides.
If you can’t always afford to buy organic produce, there’s good news. Certain foods, such as onions and avocados, contain lower levels of pesticides and are therefore not as important to buy organic. Visit the Environmental Working Group’s website for the complete list of the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15.”
3. If a food is labeled “natural,” it has met certain standards.
“Natural” has become a fashionable marketing tactic for new foods and beverages, but don’t be fooled by this label. The FDA and USDA have no formal definition for “natural” foods (except for meat and poultry).
4. All plastic products can be recycled.
Each recycling facility is different. Contact yours to find out what kinds of plastics they accept, or search earth911.com to find recycling centers near you.
5. Appliances don’t use electricity when they’re turned off.
Some devices, like televisions and microwaves, draw “standby power” when turned off. The only way to stop this is to unplug the device.
American Home Shield is providing the information for general guidance only. Due to the general nature of the property maintenance and improvement advice in this material, neither American Home Shield Corporation, nor its licensed subsidiaries assumes any responsibility for any loss or damage which may be suffered by the use of this information.
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