"Everyday is Earth Day", "Love Our Planet", "Green is the New Pink": phrases such as these are on cleaners, clothes, appliances, and just about everything you can find in the stores lately. This would be great, if the manufacturer's intention was to actually help the enviornment.
Conventional cotton is one of the most chemically dependent crops, sucking up 10 percent of our agricultural chemicals and 25 percent of insecticides of our land. According to the World Health Organization, "That adds up to 1/3 of a pound of chemicals to produce enough cotton for a t-shirt, and 3/4of a pound for a pair of jeans. And that's just not bad for the planet; 20,000 deaths occur every year from pesticides poisoning in developing countries, many of these from cotton farming." But yet almost every retail store, including Target, Kohls, Wal-Mart, Forever 21, Wet Seal, and many others are producing shirts with eco-friendly quotes, but yet are making them out of chemically reliant cotton. Grocery stores think they are helping by cutting down on plastic and paper bags by producing canvas bags that say things like "Paper or Plastic? Neither." Canvas bags are made of cotton, so they are helping zero percent. When plastic is produced, toxic chemicals are released into the air, cotton needs chemicals. So basically, plastic and cotton are dependent on each other.
Cleaners are now also trying to "be green" by making householdl cleaners enviornmentally safe. You may have seen the commercials of children licking recently cleaned windows, rubbing their faces on rust free showers, and what not. Magick Powder for Laundry & Dishwasher, a product for clean living contains Borax which is harmful to plants and other species. Also, it is disposed of in landfills, the same soil that plants grow in. Orange guard pest spray contains limonene, which is extremely harmful to aquatic creatures. And really, the most obvious biased statement about the cleaners is tyhe fact that all of these are placed in plastic containers.
If companies seriously cared about the enviornment, and weren't just trying to make money off of a serious issue, maybe they would look into producing clothing with organic cotton, which is processed without using chemicals and either left, natural, dyed, with low-impact enviornment dyes or dyed with natural colorants such as clay. Or Butoxyethanol could be used for a cleaner which is organic and not k nown to build up in any animal or plant.