Thursday, April 02, 2009
Green cleaning products have stormed the marketplace in recent years. I use vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil and a lot of elbow grease to clean around the house. Then I spotted a headline "Hospitals warned about 'green' cleaners". Read the article for yourself but my interpretation is that greenwashing of products has created the problem to some degree. Products claim to be green, healthy and as effective as the other version without explanation as to what it is. I think in hospitals they should be doing a lot more due diligence on what they are buying and that is a big part of this problem too. Combining misleading information with lazy people doing the buying and you have a recipe for disaster. With the availability of information there is no excuse for this kind of thing but it is a stark reminder that everyone needs to know what they are using and what they are buying.