Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When was GREEN GUIDE started?
A: Originated as a newsletter in 1994, and expanded into a web site (thegreenguide.com) in 2002, GREEN GUIDE was acquired by National Geographic Society in March 2007.
Q: Where is the GREEN GUIDE based?
A: The GREEN GUIDE is based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, DC. The address is:
National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-5688
Q: What is the purpose of GREEN GUIDE?
A: Dubbed the “green living source for today’s conscious consumer”, the GREEN GUIDE makes living in an environmentally-aware way personal, practical and positive. Intended for general consumers, GREEN GUIDE (in its book, magzine and online formats) shows people how to make small changes that add up to big benefits for their wallets, for their health, and, of course, for the health of the planet. Not political or activist, the GREEN GUIDE is chock-full of simple, useful, ideas, broken down into achievable steps, that make going green a gradual and affordable process rather than an all-or-nothing plunge.
Q: Where can I purchase GREEN GUIDE books?
A: GREEN GUIDE publishes books in association with National Geographic Books; they are available for purchase at bookstores everywhere and at the National Geographic online store.
Q: How may I submit a question to the research team?
A: To ask specific questions about the health, safety, environmental or social impact of the products you choose or an everyday behavior or lifestyle decision, Just Ask! The Green Guide.
Q: What partnerships does the Green Guide have in place?
A: GEN GREEN LIFE
The green search engine Gen Green Life allows GREEN GUIDE users to find local green information right at their fingertips and just outside their door. From any page on thegreenguide.com, you can click on the new “Go Local” tab, enter your zip code and search Gen Green Life’s extensive database of local green restaurants, services, home builders, retail stores, recycling centers, job listings, events and more. When you register with Gen Green Life, you can access more in-depth information about all the green happenings in your hometown. GREEN GUIDE and Gen Green Life make it easy for anyone to go green and stay local.
GREEN GUIDE’s Buying Guides enable eco-minded consumers to research the greenest and most cost-effective options for everything from air conditioners to shampoo. Our partnership with Evo.com lets GREEN GUIDE users purchase all the products featured in GREEN GUIDE buying guides on-the-spot by clicking on the SHOP button.
In addition to GREEN GUIDE recommended products, EVO.com features over 2 million eco-friendly products from recycled rain jackets and organic flower bouquets to bicycles and solar ovens.
Products reviewed by the GREEN GUIDE and available for purchase through Evo.com are independently chosen, researched and reviewed by GREEN GUIDE editors. Evo is not informed in advance of publication which products GREEN GUIDE editors are choosing to review, nor are suggestions for products or product categories transmitted from the Evo staff to the GREEN GUIDE editors. GREEN GUIDE does not accept or receive payment or consideration by product manufacturers.
Q: Does GREEN GUIDE endorse products?
A: The GREEN GUIDE team of researchers/reporters carefully reviews the science, the manufacturer's detailed product information, their claims and third party certifications when developing the product recommendations and shopping suggestions you'll find in our Buying Guides, Smart Shopper's Cards and articles. These recommendations are not product approvals; we do not endorse products. Our aim is to inform and engage consumers to ask for and try those products in the marketplace that have been manufactured in such a way as to reduce the health and environmental impacts associated with one or more stages in their life cycle, from production through use and disposal. In this way, we hope to encourage more manufacturers to improve what they make and how they make it.
Q: May we send product samples?
A: Please help us cut down on our carbon footprint and DO NOT send samples to the GREEN GUIDE. Instead, send product information by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and if we would like samples of your product, we will contact you directly.
Q: What is Green Guide to Go?
A: Green Guide to Go is GREEN GUIDE'S free weekly e-newsletter. It contains five briefs with links to new content to be found at thegreenguide.com.
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Q: May I get the Green Guide on my mobile device?
A: Yes, Green Guide mobile content is available at m.nationalgeographic.com/gg/.