What is the proper way to use “green” in describing a product?

Are there minimum requirements for a product to qualify as “green”?



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    Treehugger offers quite a few qualifications for products to be considered “green”.  To summarize, a “green product or service is one that is both environmentally and socially responsible”.  Read more at the link below!

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    I think this “green” labeling stuff is bs. There is no real specific definition for a product being “green” or not. A product can be described as being green, but was it created through a green process. There is also much information that we do not know about the products that we buy. 

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    I agree with siltwac. The word “green” has no legal meaning. There are specific certifications that include the word green in them but they refer to specific awarding organizations with specific criteria.

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    Yes, it is true that “green” has no legal meaning, but it can be clear by labeling whether on not a product is green. For instance, compact fluorescent lightbulbs are called “green” and do last much longer, and with a much lower wattage than regular lightbulbs, but since they contain mercury, a broken light bulb could make an apartment much less “green”. Indeed, anything the mercury came in contact with would have to be destroyed, at a considerable cost to the renter/owner.

    This calls into question their “green” label.

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