Or… How Consumer Reviews Can Help Save the Planet
In a simple twist of fate, it seems my desire to be green will inevitably test my patience– especially as a homeowner.
This time, it’s waterflow, most specific, our showerhead. Too much water is being wasted whilst I shave my legs and Colin does whatever he does for 15-20 minutes in the shower… I will never understand why it takes men so long to get clean.
So I’ve been spending the last hour and a half trying to find reviews for a good low-flow showerhead that aren’t two years old. I stumbled across a great site on WordPress: Green Gear, where the owners were kind enough to create a video review of the Bricor product.
Although I am still stumped on how I am supposed to figure out what level of water pressure I have (so I can buy the right model), I really grateful for the review.
The Net is Mightier Than the Sword
Online, consumer green reviews are the best way to understand how we inevitably will have to live with something we spend our money on. By sharing, reading/viewing and using reviews we can be environmental. Here’s why:
- We create a community.
- Reviewing products publicly forces the manufactures to pay attention to trends and feedback.
- Using reviews can keep us from unnecessarily investing in poorly manufactured products that break or dissatisfy us (ie. ones that we’ll quickly replace). That’s simply called REDUCE.
- In sharing consumer reviews, we begin to limit the number of products people buy, driving the market toward those items which are better quality, longer lasting and produced supporting the standards we choose, not those that choose us.
At the moment, it feels as if consumers are “boxed in” by the same old shopping choices. But with patience and by supporting each other, providing as much information as we can, we do have the power to reshape our consumer culture, using the online community as our launch pad.