Home Depot's Eco Options Program Fails To Impress Consumer Reports

Home Depot really wants you to think of their much ballyhoo’d “Eco Options” program as a quick, easy and painless way to be an environmentalist.

The program is certainly better than, you know, not having one at all, but does it impress Consumer Reports?

Nah. Kristi Wiedemann, Science and Policy Analyst for GreenerChoices.org, Consumer Reports’ eco-riffic website, went shopping at Home Depot to see if the program lived up to its hype. It didn’t.

She found misplaced signs, disorganized displays, labels that didn’t really mean much of anything and products that were “green” because they met current environmental standards that really aren’t that high in the first place.

Kristi also makes a good point about buying products that last. If you can use it longer and repair it when it breaks there’s less of a chance it will end up in a landfill. Eco Options sort of leaves that part out.

When all has been said and done, Eco Options is better than nothing, but not as good as doing the research for yourself and making informed choices about what you buy.

Eco Options: An inside look [Consumer Reports]

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  1. Arlahna says:

    “but not as good as doing the research for yourself and making informed choices about what you buy.”

    Which pretty much sums up everything this site is about. Let’s make common sense common again!

  2. Hitchcock says:

    To be fair its really hard to know what is “green” and what isn’t. Do you look at what chemicals go into the product? How about how much energy it takes to create it? How much energy to recycle it? When that energy comes from? Often recycling uses more energy than it would take just to make something from scratch.

    A lot of people are turning to organic produce as a “green” alternative to regular produce, however organic produce uses a lot more land and there’s not enough land to feed everyone from organic crops. Plus is the “organic” fertilizer and techniques better on the environment than non-organic production? And do you measure that based on the size of the land cultivate or the amount of produce that can be made from the land?

    Its a big mess, and I’m happy to see CU stepping in to try and set down some advice on making sense of it all.

  3. Ncisfan says:

    Eco-licious

  4. loueloui says:

    Hey, isn’t this the same Home Depot who lobbied Congress to weaken the standards for the EnergyStar program? Why yes, I think it is!

    Remember kids, when you’re getting stuck with 600,000 ceiling fans from China and facing legislation that would make them worthless, just call on your good buddies on Capitol Hill for help.

  5. Trai_Dep says:

    I sincerely hope there are 600,000 ceiling fans from China scattered around this great nation. Because that many malfunctioning, beheading, arm-slicing, wall-destroying whirling blades of mangled, maiming death will make Sunday mornings so much fun!