I have the right: (1) To not pay more for a green product. (2) To demand that a green product perform as promised. (3) To know how a green product helps the environment. (4) To understand how a green product is manufactured. (5) To expect companies to speak plainly and honestly about green issues.
'We are introducing the Green Consumer Bill of Rights because we know how confusing it is to walk the supermarket aisles, trying to distinguish products that are really better for the environment from ones that are using green as a marketing device,' Spring continued. 'The Bill is our stake in the ground to help consumers navigate their green options. It also reflects the value we know our Marcal Small Steps products deliver to both the environment and the consumer.' Small Steps, Big Impact Buying kitchen and bath products made from 100 percent recycled paper really makes a difference -- NOW! For instance, if every household in the U.S. replaced one package of traditional toilet paper with Marcal Small Steps, together we could help save nearly one million trees. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says one tree alone produces some 260 pounds of oxygen per year; two mature trees can supply enough oxygen to support a family of four. AmeriFlow Recycling estimates every 17 trees saved helps the earth absorb 250 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. Shockingly, almost 98 percent of the bath tissue, facial tissue, napkin and paper towel options consumers have today are still made from trees. Celebrating 60 Years As Earth Day celebrates its 40 birthday, Marcal also passes a milestone. The company is an industrial environmental pioneer, making its own paper from recycled paper for 60 years, saving countless trees and landfill space along the way. Seventy percent of the recycled paper Marcal Small Steps uses -- collected curbside from residential neighborhoods, from small blue baskets in office buildings, unwanted junk mail and printer's waste -- comes from within 150 miles of the company's Elmwood Park, NJ manufacturing facility, minimizing fuel usage and emissions. About Marcal Small Steps Since 1950, Marcal Paper Mills, LLC (www.marcalsmallsteps.com) products have been made from premium recycled paper. The company is committed to producing high quality, performance paper products at an affordable price. Marcal manufactures paper towels, bath tissue, facial tissue and napkins for home consumption and to distributors for away-from-home use in hotels, restaurants, hospitals, offices, factories, and schools.