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Spending Green on the Real Green

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By Maureen O'Boyle - bio | email 

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV)  –   Many of us are willing to spend a little extra on products that are gentle on  our planet.  But did you know there is no real regulation on the claims some household cleaning products make on their labels or in their advertising? 

It is called "greenwashing".  The trend is making big money for manufacturers who are banking on our desire to soften the impact we have on the planet's future. 

"In today's culture cleaning companies are not even required to tell you what's in the product.  There's no regulation that say you're going to tell me I'm going to pick up this bottle, and I'm going to know what's in this product," said Terri Bennett. 

Bennett and her husband founded, DoYourPart.com.   The web site works to educate families on how their daily decisions impact the world we live in. 

"The price of this product," Terri says referring to household cleaner, "is not just the money that came out of your pocket, it's what went into making the product, and where was it made and what is it going to do after I use it?"

Bennett recommends reading the labels and looking for the red flags.  If a product promises to be green, but lists fragrance as one of its ingredients, be warned. 

"You'll find fragrance in the term, and in fragrance they don't have to tell you what's there, so they hide all the dangerous chemicals if there are any, in the terminology of ‘fragrance," said Bennett. 

The list of dangerous chemicals is long, so Bennett says we can make the chore of deciphering labels simple.  If a product warns that it is dangerous for your children or pets, chances are it is dangerous for our planet as well.  "With any product in general, if you turn it over and it says toxic, caution, poison control, that's all you need to know," said Bennett.

Terri has so many wonderful ideas on how we can have a positive impact on our environment and planet.   She also has come great ideas for home cleaning products you make yourself, that are truly "green". 

Click here to get the ideas!

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