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Clean Earth Running: Intro

Updated on April 21, 2007

I recently received an email from a HubPages member asking me about environmentally friendly and organic running gear. I am a little embarrassed to say, being that I am an environmentalist by profession, that I didn't really know the answer to her question. So I did a little research, and what I found was a lot, A LOT of information and products designed to be environmental safe and a lot, A LOT of products that are organic. I am going to try and get this info to you (I will be posting articles about selected items I have found) but I want to explain a few things first. The definitions and explanation which follow will help you better understand the products I will be describing in future articles and will also help you pick out more environmental safe and organic products on your own.

Certified Organic Products

Are products produced according to certain production standards. This standard varies from country to country, but generally involves a set of production standards for growing, storage, processing, packaging and shipping that include:

  • avoidance of synthetic chemical inputs (e.g. fertilizer, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives, etc) and genetically modified organisms;
  • use of farmland that has been free from chemicals for a number of years (often, three or more);
  • keeping detailed written production and sales records (audit trail);
  • maintaining strict physical separation of organic products from non-certified products;
  • undergoing periodic on-site inspections.

In some countries, certification is overseen by the government, and commercial use of the term organic is legally restricted. Certified organic producers are also subject to the same agricultural, food safety and other government regulations that apply to non-certified producers.

Environmentally Safe Products

These are products that strive to avoid effect the environment in any unsafe way, along with being organic these products also attempt to produce minimum waste (ie, they come in recyclable or reusable packaging) and what they product does or the effect or the product does not product ad adverse effect on the environment (ie, they do not spay things into the air like aerosol cans do).

Also a lot of different labeling gets put onto products, but unless the product says "USDA Certified Organic" (or has the symbol at the right) )it is not organic. And also be aware that while "organic" is a legal term established by our government and there is a standard it must pass, while "environmental safe" is not a legal term and it is best to research these products to ensure their practices and their products really aren't going to hurt out environment.

With all that said, remember we only get one earth to run on, once we destroy it, we will have no where to run!! I will be highlighting some products I have found in future articles please email if there is a certain product or company that you have questions about.


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