Breaking Down the Bad

Controversy Case Study: “BPA”

By Cassie Johnson, Green Seal Environmental Engineer II During visits to my local grocery store and pharmacy, I find myself bombarded with chemical claims on the packaging of my favorite products.  “BPA-Free” claims have become increasingly common in recent years, especially on plastic water bottles.  What is BPA, what products might it be found in, and why are people concerned about it?  Here’s a quick overview.

Conscious Consumption

Why “Eco-friendly” is like nails on a chalk board.

By Andrew Beauchamp, Project Coordinator As an environmentally conscious individual who looks to reduce my impact through the goods and services I purchase, I often hear or see the phrase “eco-friendly” in advertisements. Thanks to the new FTC Green Guides, claims like this are no longer allowed to be made on packaging and advertisements. Unfortunately, this won’t mean the phrase will automatically disappear from the American lexicon, and I must continue to endure this irritation. Why is it so annoying to me, you ask? Because no products and services are “friendly” to the environment. Yes, they may not be toxic and may have recyclable or biodegradable packaging, thus having lesser impacts; but their manufacture and use inherently consume resources and have an impact on the environment.

Conscious Consumption

My So-Called Environmentalist Life

By Brie Welzer, Marketing & Communications Associate I began my work at Green Seal only ten short months ago (Sept. 2012), happily combining my previous positions in environmental consulting and science communications. In my career and personal life since I can remember, I’ve considered myself an environmentalist:  an enthusiastic girl scout in grade school, a science major in college, a forever fan of recycling, etc.