Ortho Ecosense Nonsense

DOES THE PREFIX “ECO-“ MEAN ECOLOGICAL OR ECONOMICAL? Take a look at these products. Which ones are organic or environmentally friendly?

Unless you read the fine print, you could be fooled. I sure was – and so was the Home Depot guy. He recommended Ortho Ecosense to me as an organic solution to my tomato plant blossom rot problem.


Luckily, I read the directions and label in more detail before using it. It’s not safe for kids or pets and harmful if inhaled. Definitely NOT “eco” in the way I – and the vast majority of the world – understand the meaning of “eco.”

CONVENTIONALLY, “ECO-“ IS USED TO REPRESENT ECOLOGICAL and “econ” is the short form of economics. The prefix “eco-“ is often used for environmentally friendly products or services – Ecoviva water, Ecosummer Travel Expeditions, Ecover, Eco-Bags, etc. Not one of those companies is promoting its products as economical. Even Wikipedia lists it as “a prefix mostly relating to ecological or environmental terms.”

So, why is Ortho trying to fool everyone into buying their products by using the “eco-“ prefix and even printing it in green? This label is extremely misleading. Shame on you, Ortho.

EVEN THOUGH THIS ISN’T A FOOD PRODUCT, it’s meant to be used on food products people grow in their gardens and is a really good example of how companies use packaging to manipulate people into buying products based on first impression or emotional response.

I really, really wish I had taken the time to read the label completely before I bought this toxic product so I didn’t have to make a trip back to Home Depot. But better that than using this poison on my tomatoes. Yuck.

The bottom line: Don’t rely on packaging. Read the fine print and ingredients on every product you buy that will be ingested, inhaled, or absorbed by you and your family.

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