From the rain forests of south-east Alaska to the deciduous forests of the Mid-Atlantic region, across the Nation, all are challenged to identify and enable use of eco sustainable products and/or services.
Eco Sustainable Product/Services –
Historically, earth-friendly is defined in terms of reduce, reuse and recycle but products and/or services which reflect a perspective of CARE – conservation, accountability, recovery and eco-efficiency – take this definition a step further. Eco-sustainable products and/or services are not simply a result of lifestyle choice but reflect how we feel about the environment. While keeping it simple (as in simple living) is the name of the game, there is a more important underlying factor – a commitment to ultimate greening: provide for present-day lifestyles without sacrificing future eco systems.
GoodGuide Identified as Product/Service of CARE –
If eco-healthy urban suburban communities are to exist, we must become people who CARE – have a perspective of conservation, advocacy, recovery and eco-efficiency; and in fact, tools such as the GoodGuide – www.goodguide.com are available which enable such a commitment. GoodGuide for example provides issue-specific ratings so that consumers can evaluate and compare products based solely on their health, environmental or social performance. To ensure a rating system is transparent, consumers can view the complete set of indicators used to derive a product or company rating. Health impact is assessed by combining negative metrics (such as whether the product contains toxic ingredients of concern or ingredients that have low nutritional value) with any available positive metrics (such as whether the product has been certified as safe or healthy by a credible third-party). To rate a product on environmental performance, GoodGuide currently uses a company’s environmental record as a surrogate for product-level environmental impacts. And, to rate a product on social performance, GoodGuide uses a company’s social record as a surrogate for product-level social impacts. Specifically, they assess social performance by examining
• how a company is governed
• consumer attributes such as product quality, safety and customer satisfaction
• societal attributes such as community engagement, philanthropic activities, and involvement with oppressive regimes)
• workplace attributes such as diversity, employee benefits and labor rights.
As consumer demand for ‘green products’ moves forward, so will the implementation of sector specific ‘greening certifications’. Nevertheless, because GoodGuide is a fore-runner and appears to be accepted as well as measures all forms of consumer products, its measurement criteria should become a guideline for most product or service consumption. So, this service is recommended to ‘jump start’ a commitment to becoming a person who CAREs.
About the Wright Scoop –
As an eco advocate who has participated in nation-wide regional plant as well as product testing, Wright gained familiarity with numerous programs. Still, in 2012, a program – Plants of CARE, which spotlights a plant for its ability to inspire people to CARE – have a perspective of conservation, advocacy, recovery and eco-efficiency – was launched. To further emphasize individual commitment impact, for year 2014 a program – Product and/or Services of CARE is launched. For additional tips and strategies, link to web site www.TheWrightScoop.com or contact Sylvia@TheWrightScoop.com or follow activities through facebook group The Wright Scoop or twitter ID WrightScoop. As recipient of the Turning America from Eco-weak to Eco-chic Award, the Wright Scoop challenges all to become people who CARE: commit to conservation, accountability, recovery and eco-efficiency.
Recommended Products and/or Services of CARE:
2014 – January, GoodGuide – www.goodguide.com