Living green, what does it mean? Really? Reduce, recycle, reuse, that is the mantra of the "green" set, but when you start looking at that philosophy, and the consumer products that are being created, is "green" REALLY green?

One of many products being touted as "green" is this business of rubber mulch. Why is it NOT ok to toss used tires out on the side of the road, but it's perfectly "green" to shred them, dye them with chemicals, then scatter them about the yard? A fee is charged to "dispose" of these things to prevent them from being a hazardous waste to the environment when new tires are purchased down at the shop, then they've magically become inert - by the process of shredding and dying - and totally environmentally friendly. What a joy it is to know that when you go down to Sprawl Mart to get a new set of radials, you can conveniently walk inside where they've so nicely shredded, bagged, and labeled your used tires as Premium Rubber Mulch, so that you can repurchase them and take them home to your yard for disposal.

There are so many other uses for this particular product that are more eco-friendly than allowing it to be buried in the back yards of the populace. From rubber municipal walk ways to traffic control devices (i.e., speed humps, bumps, barriers ) to curbs, parking lots, and driveways. Why is it that what would otherwise be considered toxic waste, is now being sold to consumers as a green product?