New data support the notion that, while all consumers may not care about their personal health, they are increasingly concerned about the sustainability of the products they buy.

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As products of all kinds make their way from manufacturing facilities to store shelves, their shipping pallets are typically wrapped and unwrapped on several occasions, with acres of plastic stretch wrap getting discarded each time.

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The next generation of eco-packaging innovation was on display at Expo West 2011 in Anaheim.

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Self-interest can be a driving factor behind the success of eco-friendly household products. That’s because beyond the sustainable, earth-friendly ideals they represent, the products in this segment also serve to address issues of personal health.

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Entrepreneurs and environmentalists alike have been scratching their heads for years, trying to think up ways to help the planet that are economically viable at the same time. The utility bill from a regional electricity provider might be the last place we’d think to look for an answer, but that’s just where you can find a new, effective green trend taking root these days.

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A new generation of eco-friendly applications and Web solutions is arriving on the scene.

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climate change

The 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16, for short) was held recently in Cancun, Mexico.

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The natural products industry, organic food manufacturers and suppliers in particular, should be closely allied to all efforts at creating sustainable supply chains for business.

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been mighty busy lately. WholeFoods reports in this issue about their legal square-offs against companies like POM Wonderful over contentious marketing claims. The agency is also finding time to set its sights on all the “greenwashers” out there in marketing land. “Greenwashing” is a term some use to describe marketing efforts that exploit the eco-friendly trend, even when the product being marketed may not be so eco-friendly.

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green news

A look at EPA's GreenChill program for retailers.

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