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Green Diva Meg

(aka Megan McWilliams Bouchard) is the founder of The Green Divas media brand; the producer and host of the popular The Green Divas podcast; and founded GDGD Radio Network (the first green and healthy living radio network on earth for the earth). Green Diva Meg is well-known as a green living expert, media personality and podcast producer.
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  1. Jon (reply)

    April 13, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Great post! I totally agree with you that a good standardized way to compare the “greenness” of products is definitely something we should strive for.

    I also like the rating system used on buygreen.com. The only problem I have with the system (IIRC) is that they have trademarked the use. I think whatever system gets implemented needs to be a system that can be freely used across all sites, shops, retailers, whatever.

    A green system should be implemented for the good of the planet, not a retailers competitive advantage – in my opinion at least.

    Also, there’s a lot of talk about purchasing/consuming products that are “green.” But what about good old fashioned reusing? I am currently part of the website rentcharlie.com, which is all about connecting renters with stuff to rent.

    At the end of the day, I’m pretty sure you’re better off (financially) and the world is better off (environmentally) if people rented more and consumed less.

    I can’t remember where I read the study, but it showed how it’s more environmentally beneficial to purchase a used car that gets good MPG than a new hybrid. A lot of people forget the environmental impact of production of green products (again, one of the reasons I like the buygreen.com rating system).

    Anyways, to sum up. The buygreen.com rating system would be great if it was free for everyone to use, but at the end of the day, renting is going to be a much greener option than consuming.

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