The Real Cost of Going Green

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-04-20T22:39:48Z

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Personal Care

When you use cosmetics, fragrances, sunscreen, soaps and shampoos, you may be adding pollutants to the environment when they are excreted from the body, according to the EPA. While many degrade quickly, others end up in sewers and make their way into the soil and irrigation systems. In the U.S., Americans spent about $490 million on organic personal care products in 2010 (the latest data), according to the Organic Trade Association.

$5: Tom's of Maine toothpaste, 5.5 oz. --
$6: Tom's of Maine deodorant --
$8: Jason shampoo, 16 oz. --
$11: Jason body wash, 30 oz. --

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