How Do You Define “Green”?

Recently Joy and I were interviewed by a reporter who wanted to articulate the difference among all the eco-terms out there: natural, green, non-toxic, organic, etc. Our conclusion? Most people use these words interchangeably! The word “green” is especially slippery. When we use it here on the Green Baby Guide, we’re usually referring to something that helps the planet by limiting our impact on it. However, more and more we see people equate “green” with non-toxic—even when the product in question may not be “green” in other ways. (A sulfate-free shampoo in a small, non-recyclable bottle, for example.) So now we’re wondering: when you use the term “green”—what do you mean?