Five signs to help you find out if a product is truly green or not

Tom Kraeutler

The growing market for earth-friendly products and solutions has given homeowners a lot of choices, but how do you know what are truly green products versus "greenwashed"? Here are five signs to help measure greenness.

  • Start with the manufacturer: Green begins at the industrial birthplace of a product, so check out the manufacturer's website or product literature for a written, working environmental policy. It should emphasize reduction, reuse and recycling, and confirm compliance with an industry's voluntary testing programs.