more of the ol' corporate greenwashing

I'm feeling a bit dumb and duped--

we bought this "pure and natural" soap at Target, thinking the packaging looked familiar. later I remembered why the packaging looked familiar.

 

a little bit o' the ol internet research turned up this soap is made by Dial.

though this particular product says it's not tested on animals (and has a nice "we give to the World Wildlife Foundation" seal on the back), Dial still does.

not organic, but Phew! when you're done you can either recycle the packaging OR plant it! Thanks for being so green, Dial. Your morality is outstanding!

  • Tess Aquarium 7y

    My friend Heather just posted this, which was truly enlightening. They are everywhere, big corporations trying to trick us!! What's a gal to do....

    Regardless, I think it's rad you can plants that soap wrapper. . .
  • wolfie and the sneak 7y

    thanks for the link--very helpful (disturbing)

    but how do they get away with using nearly identical packaging to pangea??
  • Tess Aquarium 7y

    I don't know...I think that's really annoying of them.

    I found that link super disturbing, too! I knew about morningstar farms, but not about kashi! It seemed so wholesome. I should know they, they have it at walmart ;)
  • wolfie and the sneak 7y

    you know, though, if you look at the labels of all those brands, they have just as many weird processed ingredients as the "normal" foods.

    Every Kashi item on the shelf has sugar as its second ingredient. Same with Seeds of Change foods. That's one of the "sacrifices" of buying mainstream organics--they make them cheaper in cost by crap fillers.

    I need to be a little less (lot less) resentful about this stuff, I take it personally.
  • ileana 7y

    I wish this didn't bum me out so much too. But it is a good and gentle reminder for me not to buy stuff at those big stores anyway, though I applaud them for trying to lure me in and make me think they've changed!

    Generally speaking, it seems that if a "green" company's production and distribution level is high enough where they can stock megamarts like Walmart, Target, Costco, Sam's, etc., then the product *has* to either 1) be made by a big conglomerate; or 2) the company has to make major sacrifices in standards, ingredients, or ethics along the way. It's sad, but most smaller eco-conscious companies just don't have the ability to manufacture so much product and packaging without sacrificing something along the way.
  • wolfie and the sneak 7y

    well, i think there is a 3rd option--and that's that the bigger natural companies make the choice to stay out of the mainstream, while maintaining a larger "small" size.
    On this particular trip to Target, we went to get 7th generation dish soap and toilet paper. We'd gotten it there last time, but they didn't have it this time. . . so what did we do? exactly what Target was hoping we'd do, and settle for a less ethical option.
    They'd expanded their 7th generation selections for a little while (big hoo ha because Oprah mentioned Target carrying Method and 7th Gen--how i know that is a whole 'nother tangent) but it seems that was all to lure people in.
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