While shopping this weekend, I saw a lot of "eco-friendly" items. However, I did not really know why they were considered eco-friendly and if the claims they were making on the box were true. I have learned over the past year that to truly understand what you are buying, you have to do a lot of research beforehand. For example, I was looking at a pair of shoes. The box looked like it was made of recycled content. The print was green. Even after looking at the box for a minute or so, I assumed that these shoes were right up my "green alley!" After reading the description to get more information about what was truly eco-friendly about these shoes, I came up with NOTHING! The description said that the company cares about the comfort of your feet. Yes, I care about the comfort of my feet also, but my feet care about eco-friendly products!
Basically, read the description of the product you are buying. Research the company online. Do not put your hard-earned money toward a product that has been greenwashed. Perform the due diligence so that you know you are buying products that are healthy for you and for the environment.