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Are you more likely to buy something that is considered “green,” or less harmful to the environment?

Response Percent Votes
62% 481
37% 293
Total 774


denak 3 years, 11 months ago

No, I'm not more likely to buy something "green." Just like many of the other posters, I don't because of cost. I recycle, I have the grocery totes and I try to keep the temp. down in my house, but I'm not going to buy something that is reportedly "green" namely beause 1) it is more expensive, 2) doesn't work as well most of the time and 3) seriously, most of the time, when I go to buy something, I don't even remember to think about it. It is just not a priority.



mr_right_wing 3 years, 11 months ago

Because we like the plastic bags. At the Dillons I go to they have a bin you can put your used plastic bags in and they (allegedly) recycle them. Unfortunately I always forget to bring them back so to the dumpster they go. (Sigh)

Pretty much all environmentalists would hate me....bottled water (I usually buy 2 1ltr bottles per visit so they need to be double bagged for the walk home), paper plates and cups and plastic spoons, forks, etc. (No dishwasher and I hate washing dishes.)

My 'carbon footprint' is probably big enough that if Al Gore had the power he'd have me arrested!

On the good side I just live two blocks from the store so I never drive there.


blue73harley 3 years, 11 months ago

As far as chemicals go, "environmentally friendly" means it ain't gonna work.



shicks44 3 years, 11 months ago

I honestly don't understand why they (whoever "they" are) can't just do away with the plastic bags and plastic for produce at all grocery stores. Why can't they just stop being produced? They didn't always exist. Why can't it just go away from on high? What's stopping that?


Curtis Lange 3 years, 11 months ago

I'll buy 'green' if the green product is superior to the comparable non-green product. If it is not, then no, I will not buy green just to buy green.


ralphralph 3 years, 11 months ago

Most of the "Green" marketing is a crock.


edjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Unfortunately "Green" is now associated with capitalism.


preebo 3 years, 11 months ago

The first rule in being "green" is to BUY less. Consuming less is the first step in lightening ones footprint on the planet. Simply buying something that is "green" is not going to do the job. However, if one were to replace one purchase for one that uses less packaging material or is even made from recycled materials, that in itself is being "green."


Adrienne Sanders 3 years, 11 months ago

Considered "green" by whom? Anybody can stick the word "green" on the label and it's fairly meaningless. I recommend reading this site: and thinking about what you're buying.

Most cleaning products can be replaced with white vinegar, water, and baking soda. "Green" and cheap.


RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

Boulder requires their medical marijuana growing operations to be 100% powered by solar or wind energy.


Liberty275 3 years, 11 months ago

I am less likely to buy anything that even hints that it is a "green" product because I know it's a compromise away from utilitarianism for the sake of idiocy.


somedude20 3 years, 11 months ago

I ditched the K2 and went green. You are right as it does cost more but is a much better product! RIP Dio!


jafs 3 years, 11 months ago

I read that study last time you posted it.

Your conclusion may be somewhat flawed.

If I remember correctly, the study showed that those who have spent more money on green products tend to give less to charities. There was a high percentage of students in the study, who I'm pretty sure don't have lots of disposable income.

So it's likely that they gave less to charity simply because they had less disposable income after spending more for green products.


bendover61 3 years, 11 months ago

All of you greenies have fallen for Madison Avenue advertising. It is just marketing. You are trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist.


bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

BBoy: Your writing is fine by me. But, the concept while interesting is kindergarten psychology.

---epic fail! try reading the original research. are you saying the Toronto U psychologists are engaging in kindergarten psychology?

okay, let's see your degree BB!

no, this is real research with real subjects.


Mike George 3 years, 11 months ago

Here's a no-brainer example of good practices - our office here in KC has changed all the default settings of our printers to 2-sided printing, and in the first six months, we have reduced our paper consumption by 40%. We can still go in and set any particular print job for one-sided printing or copying if we have to. Another new practice is sending all of our construction waste to various landfills or recyclers by simple sorting at construction sites. This costs about 10% more for waste disposal, but produces 100% recycling. You don't have to buy $20 LED lamps to make a difference. Think about good practices in your home, like turning off lights and only watering once a week in the summer for an hour. Going "green" is not nearly as painful as some of you imply.


dogsandcats 3 years, 11 months ago

Green products cost more, so no I don't buy them. If green products were to cost the same as non-green products, I would choose the green one every time. I mean, who wouldn't?


consumer1 3 years, 11 months ago

The concept of green is an awesome one. In theory. Unfortunatley you have to add rather bitter tasting ingredients to make it a reality. Things like, greed, manipulation, half truth's or simply the human element. I guess this would fall into the debate of realism vs. idealism.

Ideally, the world would benefit tremendously if we all were self concious obout going green. Unfortunately there are people who only see this as a new market ripe for the "faking".

I don't want more Gov't control, but at the same time, without it, many mfg's will provide the least amount of product for the most amount of profit. So, what do we do? Labels are misleading, ambiguous, and difficult to decipher.

I guess follow your heart and do right and let those who rip us off suffer the consequences of their wrong doing.


bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

also, "green shoppers" actually display what's called "moral self licensing," having "done good" they feel they have some slack to misbehave then.

here's my blog, my writing could've been better that day:


consumer1 3 years, 11 months ago

It takes a lot of green to go green People are so gullable. What are the real requirements mandated by the federal gov't for something to qualify as being green? and who is checking? I am not opposed to recycling, I do that. I am not opposed to re-using , I do that also. But, just because some mfg say's their product is "green" and it cost 25% more than other products. I don't just swallow the hook. Every entraprenuer knows the word green is the sales hook for trendy buyers.


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Nick Yoho 3 years, 11 months ago

if you had a choice, why would you vote no?!


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