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Environmental products often suffer from apparent comparative disadvantages. A manufacturer who does not care about energy conservation, pollution, or other negative consequences can make a cheap and effective product. The challenge for a manufacturer who makes an environmentally useful product is to design a product that remains competitive with the offerings of other companies. Careful […]

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Appliance subsidies, discounts, and tax credits provide cash benefits to consumers who purchase products which consume fewer resources and cause less environmental damage. The government agencies and nonprofits that fund these programs believe that consumers consider cost more important than environmental benefits, so reducing the cost of green products should lead to more sales. A […]

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Plastic waste in the ocean is a significant problem. Many types of plastic which are used in common consumer products, such as soft drink containers, utensils, and water bottles, cannot be easily broken down by microorganisms. Because these products are frequently thrown away improperly by consumers, they often get into storm drains and enter the […]

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One early productivity study measured the effect of lighting on the productivity of factory workers. Because this factory’s name was the Hawthorne Works, the productivity improvements are known as the Hawthorne Effect. More recent studies have shown that natural light is most effective for improving employees’ productivity, whether the employees work in a factory or […]

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Airplanes produce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants when they burn fuel. Some pollutants such as nitrogen dioxides and sulfur dioxides are released over a wide area from high altitudes, harming people on the ground and possibly contributing to 8,000 deaths a year, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. To solve these problems, several […]

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If you’re thinking about how to create a healthier workplace environment, consider going low-VOC. Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals widely used as ingredients in products such as paint, building materials and furnishings, office equipment and cleaning supplies. ¬†Elevated levels of VOCs have been linked to eye and respiratory irritation, headaches, fatigue and other […]

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