Just because the label is green…

A few weeks ago, I was wandering the Home Depot and found a bin filled with water sample kits.  I’ve been interested in finding out what our water quality is for a while.  First of all, I’ve always thought it tasted a bit funky and but then, while reading through the Non Toxic Avenger, I put it on the list of things to do.  I grabbed up one of the packets, filled it with water, filled out the paperwork and popped it in the mail.  Based on the information included, I was excited to know what was in my water and had a whole blog post planned on the results.

Last week, I got a phone call from the company asking to set up a more detailed test at my home.  It was specificed that it was a testing session and that I’d have a printout of the results to go over.  I could hardly wait.  And then, the man arrived and I knew I had just been spoofed.  For the next hour and a half, I watched the man run tests on my water and talk about his company’s product.  I was annoyed that instead of testing, it was a hard sales call and I was going to be wasting my time.

Now, I know the water here isn’t the greatest, but I don’t want a biased company to come in and tell me that.  I was under the impression that this was an independent testing company.  I like independent.  I like unbiased.  And I don’t want someone to go on and on about how amazing his company’s product is… while not really being an expert on water content.  It’s not that I got spoofed into signing up for this testing, it’s that when I asked the man who was taking up most of my kitchen with his equipment the specifics on the filtering, he couldn’t answer them.  And what was worse, when I told him point blank in the middle of his blabbering about the “tests” that I used to be a Biologist and that I work for an off shoot of the EDF, so he didn’t need to keep assuring me of the importance of all he was doing he completely changed his tune.

From then on, I was annoyed.  Angry even.  Everything the man said was “green” in nature.  He deliberately tried to appeal to me from that angle and even when I told him I wasn’t interested (I hadn’t planned on spending $4000 that night and wasn’t about to jump into something without a second opinion.) he started in on the perks of the offer.  He offered me a special deal with “organic” cleaning products.  After the fact, I told Matt that I’ve been “green” for years and I’d never seen those products listed on any of the reputable lists.  None of them were sulfate free.  None of them were actually certified… they were “natural”.  And natural doesn’t actually mean yuck free.

At the end of his time, the salesman left in a big huff.  I was polite, but I told him I wasn’t convinced by the “green” factor of his company.  He threw a hissy fit and told me he didn’t understand why someone who was “so concerned about health and keeping toxins of her home” wasn’t convinced of the need to clean up my water.  The thing is, if you want to sell me something, don’t treat me like an idiot and try to scare me into believing in your products with stats that are almost 5 years old.  Telling me that you are an environmentally friendly company is fine, but I want proof.  It’s frustrated me for years that “green” is often more trendy than it is real and honestly, trying to paint something green as the grass isn’t going to make me pull out my check book any faster.

I’m back to the drawing board with the plans to get things in this house tested for toxins.  I have to do some research and find someone to do the testing.  And I’d like to get my own body tested for toxins.  However, the next time, I won’t fall for a bin of tests at a hardware store.

4 Replies to “Just because the label is green…”

  1. Went to your FB page and found your story! I have had people randomly drop off those vials at our door too. I never used them because I didn’t want to be ‘sold’. $4000 seems like A LOT of money. Granted, the one I am using does not filter out fluoride, but I don’t think it is as big of an issue in my region based on the city data.

    It’s the stuff that the city doesn’t test for that you have to watch out for. (like pharmaceuticals) Unfortunately, like fluoride those are not easily removed (especially hormone related ones) without destroying the living quality of the water. Let me know if you find a good source for testing! I’d love to know what you find!!

    1. I am going to be talking with someone who works with the city and the planning commission next week and I’m hoping she’ll be able to point me in the right direction. Or at least get me in touch with someone who can tell me what is exactly in our water. I was so thrilled to see you post the link for the filter, I didn’t want to get a water softener because to me, it just seems odd to have to *add* stuff/chemicals to the water to make it “pure”. And yes, $4000 IS a lot of money… we’d be paying for the brand, I assume.

  2. When I lived in NC, the environmental health office of each county would do the test. They were required for migrant housing but would also do the testing for others. Where are you in OH?

    1. Richland county… I left a message with the environmental health department here, but have yet to hear back. They’re on my list to call and bug again for this week!

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