Shoplet Rules The Stupid Shipping Gang Forever, Sends Me Coupon In Box Of Air Pillows

Shoplet Rules The Stupid Shipping Gang Forever, Sends Me Coupon In Box Of Air Pillows

Ed ordered three big (by “big” we mean four feet by six feet) dry erase boards from Amazon.com. They came from a vendor called Shoplet. Everything seemed fine with the transaction until a mysterious box arrived on his doorstep alongside the boards. The box was tiny, unlike the boards. What was inside? Mounting hardware? Extra erasers? Free markers? No. He opened the box and was horrified at what he found inside. [More]

How To Spot Fakes When Shopping For Green Products

How To Spot Fakes When Shopping For Green Products

If you want to buy environmentally friendly products when you’re out shopping, you’ll find plenty of options these days. The trouble is that “green,” like “organic,” is considered a very loose concept by lots of manufacturers. The Chicago Tribune put together a list of ways you can spot the fakes on your next shopping trip. Here’s an easy rule of thumb: the words eco, earth, green, friendly, gentle and kind are all frequently used to give the impression of being environmentally friendly, but they’re essentially meaningless marketing words. [More]

FTC To Retailers: Bamboo And Rayon Are Not The Same Thing

FTC To Retailers: Bamboo And Rayon Are Not The Same Thing

The FTC has sent warning letters to 78 companies about clothing and household products marketed as being made from bamboo. Many of the products were were allegedly made out of rayon that may or may not have originally been derived from bamboo. The offenders include huge names like Walmart, Land’s End, Kohl’s, The Gap, and Target. [More]

Ecosense Brand Insecticide Not Eco-Friendly, Makes No Sense

Ecosense Brand Insecticide Not Eco-Friendly, Makes No Sense

Reader Dan came across Ortho’s Ecosense insecticide in the store, and noticed something strange. The name “Ecosense” implies some kind of crunchy environmental friendliness, does it not? Why, it’s even written in green right on the package. So why does the package also have the disclaimer, “not intended to imply environmental safety either alone or compared to other products”?

Ohio Public Utilities Commission Delays Potentially Evil Expensive Light Bulb Program

Ohio Public Utilities Commission Delays Potentially Evil Expensive Light Bulb Program

The Ohio Public Utilities Commission has announced that they are asking FirstEnergy, the utlility company that was going to force its customers to pay $10.80 per light bulb as part of an energy-saving program, to delay the implementation of said program until they can figure out what the %#$& was going on.

Airline Urges Passengers To Leave Their Urine Behind

Airline Urges Passengers To Leave Their Urine Behind

In a new and exciting airline cutback effort, an airline is now asking passengers to relieve themselves before getting on the plane in order to decrease passenger weight and save fuel. No, we’re not making this up. And no, it’s not Ryanair.

FirstEnergy Forces Light Bulbs On Customers For $10.80 Each

FirstEnergy Forces Light Bulbs On Customers For $10.80 Each

Hey, who doesn’t like to get free stuff from the power company? So it’s awfully nice of Ohio utility FirstEnergy to deliver compact fluorescent bulbs to their customers’ homes. Except for the part where the bulbs aren’t free, and customers are being forced to pay nearly five times the retail price of the bulbs.

T-Mobile Ends Paper Billing Fee …For Now

T-Mobile Ends Paper Billing Fee …For Now

Here’s their statement, posted to a T-Mobile web forum. The company’s media relations office confirmed that this is the official statement.

Good Housekeeping's New Green Seal: Not That Green, Actually

Good Housekeeping's New Green Seal: Not That Green, Actually

Everyone knows the Good Housekeeping seal, which carries a two-year warranty on products that have it and pretty much proves that the product’s manufacturer advertises in Good Housekeeping magazine. Now the venerable publication has a new seal which is supposed to denote environmentally friendly household products and, according to Slate’s Paul Smalera, is at best meaningless and at worst draws consumers’ attention away from actual environmentally friendly products.

How Can I Tell When A Product Is Being Greenwashed?

How Can I Tell When A Product Is Being Greenwashed?

Sure, some people want to buy environmentally friendly products, and that’s great. The problem is that marketers understand these impulses well, and want to take advantage of them without always offering products that live up to the claims. What to do? ShopSmart has some answers.

T-Mobile To Charge $1.50 For Paper Phone Bills

T-Mobile To Charge $1.50 For Paper Phone Bills

If you’re a T-Mobile USA customer who likes to kick it old-school with a paper bill, checks, stamps and whatnot, bad news. Starting September 12, you’ll be charged $1.50 per account for the privilege of receiving your bill by mail.

Yellow Book Saves The Earth By Distributing Thousands Of Phone Books With Smaller Print

Yellow Book Saves The Earth By Distributing Thousands Of Phone Books With Smaller Print

I don’t use phone books, but I get three different ones delivered to my house every year anyway. Hardly anyone I communicate with even has a landline, let alone a white pages listing, but that doesn’t matter. They still deliver them. Straight into a snowbank.

Nearly all "Eco" Product Claims Are Misleading

Nearly all "Eco" Product Claims Are Misleading

Mother Jones reports that a study of “4,000 ‘eco-friendly’ consumer products… found that 98 percent make false or misleading claims.” Hardly a surprise, huh?

Is Buy.com Friendlier To The Environment Than Brick And Mortar Stores?

Is Buy.com Friendlier To The Environment Than Brick And Mortar Stores?

A study by the Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh states that when comparing getting a flash drive from Buy.com versus a physical retailer, Buy.com ends up being about 30% less damaging to the environment. To reach their conclusion, the researchers compared transportation, packaging, warehousing, and energy usage both by the consumer and the retailer.

Six D.I.Y. Tips For Cleaning Greenly And Cheaply

Six D.I.Y. Tips For Cleaning Greenly And Cheaply

Harsh chemicals aren’t just bad for you and the environment, they’re bad for your wallet too. Cleaning most things, from clothes to your kitchen, can be done greenly and cheaply with these six nifty do-it-yourself cleaning recipes from Consumer Reports…

Sam's Club Pretends Its Polystyrene Cup Is Green

Sam's Club Pretends Its Polystyrene Cup Is Green

Gregg saw this cheerful environmentally-friendly message on the side of his Sam’s Club soda cup. Wait, what? We guess it saves Sam’s Club fuel costs to ship the cups, but that sounds more like a profit-friendly quality. Gregg notes another benefit of the cup: “[it] may never biodegrade but at least it’s easy on my drinkin’ elbow.”

Clorox Buys Burt's Bees

Clorox Buys Burt's Bees

Clorox is sick of being unnatural so it’s going to pay $925 million in cash for natural skin care products manufacturer Burt’s Bees.

Walmart To Save Planet With Concentrated Laundry Detergents

Walmart To Save Planet With Concentrated Laundry Detergents

Walmart says it’s going to save “one of our most precious natural resources”, water, by offering only concentrated laundry detergents from now on.