Top 10 Green Myths

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1. Organic Is Always Best
Wait one minute. The organic supply keeps proliferating (ice cream, salsa, peanut butter … ) and so have the places that sell these foods; mainstream retailers now account for nearly half of all organics sales. But along with growth comes change -- and often confusion. We dug up the facts, stats, and expert opinions to answer the burning questions about this important issue.


Read more in our Organic Foods 101

2. Buying Organic Is Always More Expensive
Not so. Growing consumer demand continues to drive down the price of organics, but many conventional foods remain cheaper. To help balance out the extra cost, consider these tips.

3. Eco-Design Equals Expensive
Here are some ideas for stylish, sustainable decorating.

4. Eating Better Can't Really Help the Planet
That's false. The choices you make at every meal have real and extended effects on the Earth.

Try Our Farmstand Dinner

5. Natural Cleansers Aren't Enough
Think again. If green-cleaning problems have you stumped, read on. These easy solutions will keep your momentum going strong.

6. Avoiding Plastic Bags Is ImpossibleWhole LivingWhole LivingNot true. Find out how a normal woman did the impossible in this how-to on going bagless.

7. Green Travel Promises Only Tents and Tofu
Wrong. Hotels have caught on to the environmental lodging concept, pairing innovative eco-practices with stylish design and forward-thinking technologies. This school of green emphasizes equal parts comfort and conservation, bringing "earth-friendly" to new heights of fashion.

8. CSAs Can Only Be Found in Rural Areas
No! Community-supported agriculture programs are sprouting up in cities, suburbs, and communities each day. To find one, visit Local Harvest .

9. I Can't Help Others Change
Of course you can. Introducing smart and cost-saving ideas to, say, a boss can help your career and the planet.

10. Recycling My Small Amount of Bottles and Cans Can't Make a Difference
How wrong you are. Consumers, by their sheer force of numbers, have a huge impact on the environment. An average family of four that recycles plastic waste alone can save the equivalent of nearly 340 pounds of carbon emissions per year just by preventing emissions associated with the extraction and processing of oil and natural gas for virgin materials.

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