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Green Pulled Over Your Eyes?

Green Pulled Over Your Eyes?

We can bring breathtaking change by putting our green living beliefs behind our dollars as consumers. To do this we need to know that what we are buying is truly green. Here is an oh-so-sobering list of words often found of labels. Which words are regulated? Which words arenít and are open to false claims, called greenwashing? Print out this list of marketing catch words, carry it with you when you shop, and buy true green:


Defined and Regulated
Green Seal
Animal Care Certified (eggs)**
Free Farmed (dairy products, eggs, poultry, meat)
Organic — Certified
Transitional (farm)
Green-e (re: energy/power)
Totally Chlorine-Free-Certified
Sustainable Forestry-Certified
Energy Star Rated
Wildcrafted or Wildharvested-Certified

Defined and Unregulated
Cage Free
GMO Free or GE Free
No Antibiotics Used or Raised Without Antibiotics
Natural (meat and poultry)
CFC Free
Ozone Safe or Ozone Friendly
CFC Free (personal-care products)
Low Emissions Vehicles

Undefined and Unregulated
No Hormones Administered
Pesticide Free, No Pesticide Residue
rBGH Free or rBST Free (dairy)
Clean (re: energy/power)
Green ((re: energy/power)
Renewable (re: energy/power)
Chemical Free
Chlorine Free
No or Low VOCs
Phosphate Free
Tree Free
Energy Efficient
Refurbished or Remanufactured
Fluoride Free
Wildcrafted or Wildharvested -Uncertified
Fuel Efficient

Reclaimed or recovered
Solar Powered
Fuel Cell Powered
Reclaimed, Recovered or Salvaged

Free Range, Free Roaming or Pasture Raised (beef, pork)
Grass Fed
No Hormones Administered (beef)
LCD (Appliances, Home Electronics and Lighting)

**Beware of “Animal Care Certified.” This label is sponsored by the United Egg Producers, who allow hens to be caged in an area smaller than a sheet of copy paper for their entire lives.

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Adapted from It's Easy Being Green, by Crissy Trask (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2006). Copyright (c) 2006 by Chrissy Trask. Reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith, Publisher.
Adapted from It's Easy Being Green, by Crissy Trask (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2006).

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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11:26AM PST on Dec 7, 2010


6:02AM PST on Nov 18, 2010

Thanks for the info.

6:55PM PDT on Jul 31, 2010

There is no such thing as truth in advertising anymore.

12:03PM PST on Jan 2, 2010

Thank you! Printing a copy for me and one for family member!

8:35AM PST on Dec 15, 2009

thanks for the post

2:03PM PST on Dec 12, 2009


7:09AM PST on Dec 12, 2009

Wow, that is confusing!!! Thanks!

6:12PM PDT on May 23, 2009

Thank you.

10:45AM PDT on May 17, 2009

I hate how tricky the labels are... I wish we has regulated, strict rules when it comes to animal care... I hate how they get you by saying "Cage-free" and things like so that they can get around while still abusing the animals and forcing them to live in such small, disgusting environments.

12:06AM PDT on May 17, 2009

Thanks for the list Annie... I have to say it's a pretty daunting list... sad and lame that it's so tricky... :(

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