Burt doesn’t own his bees anymore!
As a matter of fact, since 2007, Clorox has owned Burt’s Bees.
Take a look at this chart-
What is your first thought? Mine? I no longer buy Burt’s Bees products. I did years ago, in the 1990s, before Clorox bought the company. Oh, but wait, Clorox makes Green Works, a more natural type of cleaner. Really? Now, this is a classic example of greenwashing. This is why I no longer buy Burt’s Bees and have never purchased a Green Works product. If Clorox were really concerned with being ecologically friendly, they would make all their products this way. Yet, they continue to make toxic chlorine bleach in addition to many other toxic products.
What is greenwashing? According to Dictionary.com, this is greenwashing: a superficial or insincere display of concern for the environment that is shown by an organization
Here is another chart to look at. It is truly amazing to see that only a handful of companies own just about every product in your local grocery store. Talk about narrowing down your choices!
Now, look at some of the companies that also offer natural and organic products. I had a friend call me one day and excitedly tell me that they noticed organic Kraft macaroni and cheese in the grocery store. Whether it is organic or not, it is still manufactured by Kraft. If they really cared about organic, then all of their products would be organic. Did you know that Kashi is owned by Kellogg’s? I used to buy their products until I found out who owns the company. I don’t even purchase their organic products. I prefer to support smaller and more sincere companies, the ones that truly care about the planet and the people they are feeding. It makes me sad since my kids really liked some of their cereals. I believe that we make a difference with our spending habits. In other words, we “vote with our pocketbooks.”
I invite you to do some research, really look into who you are giving your money to. If you really want to make a difference, then pick companies that share your personal ideals of “clean living.” Beware of greenwashing. Major corporations go to great lengths to make you believe that their product is green, healthy, and eco-friendly. Don’t be fooled; look beyond the company claims, you will be surprised at what you may find. Be your own activist. Choose organic, buy from smaller reputable companies, and don’t give in to greenwashing!
Remember, a healthy planet begins with you!
Daughter of the Earth, Mother of her creations. Ivanna (Evie) doesn’t care for titles, but the ones that fit best are homeschool mom, herbalist, and blogger. Her greatest joy is guiding others to find true wellness within themselves and Mother Earth. When not spending time with her beloved family, she can be found researching everything related to holistic wellness, crafting herbal remedies, or visiting with the plants in the Magical Garden.