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Do You Pay More For Environmentally Friendly Products?

Are You Willing to Pay More If It's Earth-Friendly?

Unfortunately, some items are more expensive in their environmentally-friendly versions than their less earthy counterparts. In our daily lives there are tons of products out there boasting their green-ability, and I'm wondering what are your spending instincts when you see two similar items side by side — one eco-loving and the other not so much. Do you typically zoom in on the price or do you reach for the more earth-friendly product?

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beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i buy eco-friendly products almost all the time. the cost seems like a small consideration for me when one thinks about the impact of excess consumerism etc. and all those chemicals, plus big-business. all kinds of things i can avoid if i go with smaller company-made eco-friendly products! i am a full time student, too, but since i'm vegan i don't waste a lot of money on meat and don't spend a lot on entertainment and other things, so i think my "green" lifestyle is a lot cheaper than most - mostly, it makes me happy. :)
sldc sldc 9 years
I have bought as many "green" products as possible, since oh... the late 1990's? I will agree that some things are sorta gimmicky and some are poor quality, so you have to be an informed consumer. When I cannot find (or justify the cost of) a certain type of product, I will opt for the best value, which includes price, quality, and [insert a less douchebag term than "eco" or "green"]. I read so many labels that a trip to the grocery can be a little intense. That being said, I love red meat, occasional bad stuff (fast food, tobacco, scotch) and I hate tiny cars and "green" propaganda that expects people to sacrifice TOO much for the greater(read:socialistic) good. I am also more apt to believe Richard A. Muller, the physicist, than Al Gore regarding Global Warming.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
ALSW ALSW 9 years
It really depends on the product and the price.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Quality is really the most important to me when it comes to products. I don't like many of Seventh Generation's paper products. For baby wipes I prefer Pamper's Sensitive, for TP I prefer Charmin, and for paper towels I prefer Bounty. I've used SG's paper towels for cleaning before, though. In any situation quality didn't matter, I'd definitely use the most eco-friendly.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 9 years
i would like to, but its totally super pricey compared to non green stuff... but i recycle so it kind of counts
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
It depends on the actual product. If only I could go all green I would but it's far too pricey for me.
Berlin Berlin 9 years
I bought super cheap recycled TP at walmart (usually I opt for the Angel Soft) and OMG, not only is it cheaper, but it's eco-friendly and the stuff rocks! Now it's no 'double charmin' but I was never one to splurge on something that gets flushed anyways just for a bit of extra padding. Now method cleaning products, some are more expensive, some are just as comparable, but really I don't care about the price of them b/c they are again, eco-friendly and the design of the products rock. PLUS their new eucalyptus-mint bathroom line just smells incredible! So I don't think you need to go more expensive just to go green...if it is for that much more $$ and it has no design behind it, then that's just a waste to me! But if it is eco-happy and looks bad*ss, then I'll splurge just a bit:)
Txredd Txredd 9 years
Yes, but I do compare shop for the Eco products. Anything that is Earth friendly and safer to use is great to me. I don't like using products with chemicals in them. I've recently started using the new 'Green Works' Natural products from Clorox. I absolutely LOVE them! They're natural, and I think they work as well, if not better than other products I've used. The All-Purpose cleaner and the Dilutable cleaner are great. I swear by them.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
It depends, if I can get the thing at a neighborhood store which likely is no. I usually have to travel to buy things and then I usually buy in bulk. Some months, if I need something and can't get to the store I pick up what I can at the local store. The new light bulbs are great but not all of them fit in some fixtures.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Sometimes if the prices are pretty equal I will. I can't afford to spend double or anything like that but I'll overlook a dollar or so.
ffemt1201 ffemt1201 9 years
i'm a FT student and work FT on an ambulance (which doesn't pay enough!) with tuition, rent, car, groceries bills...cost is, selfishly, my biggest concern
brookrene brookrene 9 years
I agree with RosaDilia.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Hell yes! I'm sick of buying things that are allegedly giving me cancer (i.e plastic, things that are "bleached") I dont care if it costs more.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I buy green when I can but ingredients is another biggie to look at as mentioned above. I would also throw in not buying cosmetics with Palm Oil.
lawchick lawchick 9 years
I do it selectively because of the cost. There are certain things I care about more than others -- like not having petroleum-based laundry detergent, and buying toiletries that weren't tested on animals. I haven't made the switch to recycled TP, though.
verily verily 9 years
Oh, and I always buy the "green" light bulbs unless I have no other choice (they don't fit in my fan's light fixture :(). My father jumped onto that bandwagon when they first started coming out with those; they've gotten a lot better over the years.
verily verily 9 years
I buy green when it isn't cost prohibitive. My grocery store prints out a lot of Seventh Generation checkout coupons so I use those often to buy laundry detergent and soaps. I haven't made the jump over to toilet paper, but buying greener toilet paper isn't a bad idea. I'd like to reduce the number of paper towels I use too.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
No because I've noticed it's pretty expensive to buy "green" products and the marketing is super-hyped. I'll go with it when everyone on this earth is able to afford it.
mizzneilsen mizzneilsen 9 years
I always try to buy green whenever possible. Eventually, the more we buy, the more it becomes the norm and the more likely the cost will come down as companies compete for your business. One good way to go is to buy store brand green products which are usually a little cheaper. The reality is, buy saving a few pennies you're actually CHOOSING to promote pollution and what is the cost of that?
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
the only thing i've ever been faithful about was kitty litter; but that's because inhaling clay dust just couldn't have been safe for myself or my kitty! i still think a lot of it is rather gimmicky.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
i have a problem putting something called "seventh generation" on my butt. i know it's not made of recycled toilet paper, but it still wierds me out.
silly3 silly3 9 years
It depends on the quality of the product, frankly. I bought Seventh Generation tissues a while back and they were so scratchy and awful!
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