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Label Index

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Energy Star


Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Energy Star products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and US Department of Energy. Although originally intended for computer products, it has quickly spread to many household appliances and entire homes.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Natural Foods

Many products now a days are advertised as being "Natural". The original intent behind this label is to distinguish foods which are not refined (such as sugar and flour), are not hydrogenated (such as oils), are not artificial (such as sweeteners, food colorings, and food flavorings), and are generally processed less. Products with this label would seemingly be worthwhile purchases for personal health, reduced energy use for production, and because they have a higher chance of supporting worthwhile corporations and local businesses. However, there is no unified label that dictates what "Natural" really means, and therefore companies use it as a marketing technique.

In most cases, it is best to refer to the other categories when deciding what the best choice product is. In a lot of cases "Natural" products are healthy choices. The only problem is that often times the healthy choice may come from half-way around the world or may be produced in a non-conscientious manner. However, these products will most likely occur in conjunction with an Organic, Local, or Fair Trade description. In the cases where this is absent, more scrutiny must be had to determine the value of the product.

Monday, July 2, 2007






Peoples Grocery

People´s Grocery Cooperative is Manhattan, KS local co-op. It specializes in healthful and nutritious grocery products, fresh organic produce (some locally grown), health and beauty supplies, fresh herbs and spices, a deli and juice bar, bulk items and a friendly staff. It is a small, member-driven cooperative that always welcomes new members.

The Coop is located at the corner of 17th and Yuma and is open the following hours:

Mon - Fri:
Sun: Closed