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People are becoming increasingly
concerned with the environment, but it is
all but impossible to know where all the
products you buy come from and what
goes into them, and it is difficult for the
government to regulate all factors of
The solution? - EnviroPoints
- All branches of industry are
assessed for environmental impact,
different outputs/inputs are all given
point value and the final score of all the
production factors appear on the final
1ton of toxic waste = minus 200 points,
1 ton of garbage = minus 50 points, use
of fossil fuels in one fork lift = minus 5
Of course it works both ways
x amount Solar power = so many points,
water treatment plant on site = x points
And so on and so on
The score would appear on the final
goods and on company websites. Giving
power to the consumer to select against
the companies with negative
environmental impact. Industry would
strive for higher EnviroPoints, building
windmills, recycling, etc, the cost would
be more then paid back in environmental
benefit (it could also be transferred to
Wow! -23421 points for a bottle of coke!
No thanks! Ill have a pepsi at a slim
||In theory, this is wonderful, but the way things usually go means there will be plenty of deceit when it comes to these *points*. I will donate an organic, whole wheat bun anyway.+
||Can we... err... the owners of manufacturing plants trade EnviroPoints?
I plant a forest, native plants, endangered species, a few wetlands; I sell carbon tonnes to industry but I slightly change the name of the holding company to also sell EnviroPoints from it. *Love* it, darling. Bun.
||And welcome to the hb, by the way.
||I guess if you did nothing at all you'd have zero points. Points would be alloted whenever changes are made in the production process, good or bad.
||neat. Price is already a pretty good enviropoint indicator (in a free market (ever seen one? not me, too many subsidies)...).
||If by 'people' you mean you, PiMpCiNo, you may be right. If by 'people' you also mean me, you are, often, wrong.
||Yup. At this point, only a fool would insist there's no market for people conscious of the impact of their consumption. It's not 100% of the market, but it's a fast growing sector.
||As for inspection/certification, it'd have to be an educated guess. There are already orgs working on this for investment & profiling companies.
||There's already an inspection and certification process for organic produce. But this is vastly more complicated.