went into its production, and everything that will happen in the future as a result of that product.
All products have an environmental impact, however small. The idea is to reduce it tothe minimum.
" ... even green products havean environmental impact"
"A 'cradle-to-grave' approachshould be used to understandgreen products"
"The greenest option: don'tbuy!"
Key impacts of green products:
Consumers have been asking for green products, ie there has been a clear raise indemand for such products.
Businesses have looked into the green process - generating corporate environmentalprofiles, monitoring and evaluating green performance, and improving corporateimage as a result.
Green products have also increased competition among businesses to generate moreenvironmentally friendly products.
Ecolabelling networks that monitor and evaluate green products have been developedin many countries. These networks have done life cycle analyses to understand theimpact of products.
Governments have also taken several measures that have supported and facilitatedsuch moves by businesses.
"Life Choices: Greenconsumerism is not just whatwe buy, but also how we
"The triple bottom line:economically viable,environmentally sound, andsocially responsible"
"Consumer is a change agentand is
Key issues for the future include:
A sentary lifestyle combined with health impacts of environmental pollutionand emissions, use and abuse of pesticides, anti-biotics etc.
Population and consumption:
Population increases, aging populations,consumption patterns - living beyond means, etc.
Transboundary effect and free trade have both advantages(efficiency, profits, opportunities, demand) and disadvantages (unemployment,footloose companies, weaker controls, unfair trade, small scale loses out) etc.
Every source of energy has an environmental impact. Energy efficiency isnot just technology, but also cutting back. There are enough cars to create a six-lanetraffic jam to the moon.
Water use is increasing at twice the rate of population increase. Much can bedone at the individual level.
Use of pesticides and other hazardous chemicals. PCB?DDT has beenfound in mother's milk too! Ozone depleting chemicals, hormone-disrupting chemicalshave
term effects on human health and well-being.
Includes many ethical and moral issues, includingmisinformation. Not that genetic engineering is bad - but the consumer should be