Do As I Say AND As I Do
Toyota, which recently released its RAV Electric Vehicle in California, ensures that charging stations are in fact where they’re supposed to be…and that they’re functioning. It’s not enough to sell the product, it must be supported.
Aveda, which offers a full line of plant-based personal care products – from shampoo through lipstick – was the first beauty company to start using wind power, and it’s now moving into solar. Tina Tuohy, director of international communications for the company, says that Aveda is something of a pioneer in the sustainable products world, noting that one of the biggest changes has been that consumer awareness has caught up and is pushing companies to go even further.
Ready to Tackle Green?
Start where it makes the most sense to you. If you travel a lot, begin with selecting hotels that operate with sustainability in mind. Choose restaurants that support a farm-to-table mentality. If you’re renting a vehicle, try out a hybrid (and save yourself money on gas!).
If you’re looking to stock a wardrobe, check out companies that use organic cotton or recycled materials, and that uphold worker rights to a safe and healthy workplace.
If you’re new to the mat, check out gear that’s green.
You’ll find plenty of info online about many products – including which eco-certifications are legit and can be trusted.
It matters less where you start than that you start. Now sounds just about right.
For more eco-travel advice, check out:
- Peter’s Travel Tip: Defining Green Hotels
- Peter’s Travel Tip: Real Time Nature Apps
- One-Tank Trip: Exit the Highway
Leslie Garrett is author of The Virtuous Consumer: Your Essential Shopping Guide for a Better, Kinder, Healthier World (and one our kids will thank us for!). She also writes The Virtuous Traveler, which runs regularly on this site.
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