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April 2008

Updated July 2008

Product Reviews / NutriNibbles

Glossary Of Green Terms & Definitions

Eco Terms For The Environment



Brush up on your green vocabulary and you’ll agree with Kermit: It isn’t easy being green. We all have to work at it. Glossary terms courtesy of 360 Vodka. See also our Glossary of Organic & Natural Food Terms. And, see our entire collection of more than 50 food glossaries.

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Ancient Forest Friendly
A philosophy of not contributing to the destruction of ancient and endangered forests in the production of paper materials, manufactured with a high percentage of post- consumer waste and no virgin fiber from old-growth, ancient or endangered forests:

A gas fuel sourced from the decomposition of waste, converting a waste stream and potent greenhouse gases into an energy source.

Anything pertaining to the positive interaction between manmade processes and the delicate organic balance found in our environment.

Eco Footprint
The total measurable effect that human related activities have had on the organic life in Earth’s environment: Pollution has left a large eco-footprint on the atmosphere due in part to the greenhouse gases that have been released.

Having minimal to no harmful or threatening impact on the natural environment.

A philosophy of creating eco-friendly products, using sustainable technologies that will not deplete our planet of its remaining resources.

The nation’s leading program that verifies and certifies renewable energy products that reduce the emissions contributing to global warming and air pollution.

Post-Consumer Waste
Waste produced by the end consumer, and following use is separated from other waste with the intent of recycling for re-use.

Manufactured from used or waste materials that have been reprocessed for further use.

Renewable Energy
Energy that is generated from regenerative resources; or energy that cannot be exhausted, such as wind, water and sunlight.

Sustainable Material
Materials that are generated from resources that are managed in a way that they are, for all practical purposes, sustainable over an extended period of time (i.e., the resource is not depleted).

Volatile Organic Compounds
Organic chemical compounds that have high enough vapor pressures that, under normal conditions, allow them to significantly vaporize and enter the atmosphere, potentially inflicting damage on the environment.


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