My grandmother subscribes to quite a few magazines which I then peruse. Three have really caught my attention and I’ve sent e-mails in response to my experience with their magazines. I won’t give overviews of each since the letters are pretty self-explanatory.
My grandmother has subscribed to Chatelaine for many, many years and I always get to look over the magazine after she’s done with it. I enjoy many of your articles and especially the recipes.
I have a few questions and concerns though. I notice that you promote the use of such items as Dixie cups, bagged salads, and processed foods. I’m sure you realize the environmental implications of using these items. Plastic is one of the worst things clogging our waterways and garbage dumps and processed foods cause all kinds of horrible health problems in our nation. Surely there are alternatives such as shot glasses for Dixie cups, or whole lettuce heads instead of bagged salad.
Chatelaine is a very influential magazine and it’s a shame to see the encouragement of products that are not in your readers best interests. I’m curious to know what kind of environmental changes Chatelaine has in the works. I look forward to your response.
No response yet.
My grandmother has subscribed to Good Housekeeping for many, many years and I always get to look over the magazine after she’s done with it. I enjoy many of your articles and especially the recipes.
I was disappointed to see that some of the products with the Good Housekeeping Green Seal of Approval contained chemicals like fragrance/parfum. I’m not sure if you’re aware but according to David Suzuki these are on the top twelve worst chemicals for a person. They are so ambiguous they could be anything being placed on your reader’s skin or inhaled by them and those around them. I sincerely hope that you take this into serious consideration in the future when promoting a product. I hate to think that due diligence is not being done when researching a product.
I also wonder why so much paper is wasted on advertising. I understand that much funding comes from your sponsors, but there must be a way to reduce the amount of paper used to promote products that are horrible for us and the environment (ie. hair dye, makeup, cleaning products). Many people look at Good Housekeeping as a trend setter and follow the advice given in the magazine. Please promote a healthier and more environmentally friendly magazine. I look forward to your response on what is being done to remedy these issues. Thank you.
Thank you very much for writing to Good Housekeeping– it’s so important for
us to hear what our readers are thinking. Your message was forwarded to our
top editors and our staff behind the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, who
will take your input into consideration for future issues and product
Many thanks again for the note!
So that was pretty much a brush off. I think that I might e-mail her back and ask for an update on what is being done to change their green seal policy. The last was a congratulatory note to Country Living.
My Nana subscribes to your magazine and I always borrow (steal) it from her when she’s done. I just wanted to give you guys a big pat on the back for your promotion of reusing. I’ve also noticed that you encourage the use of very little plastic, and even gave a great tip (bringing your own cutlery to work to reduce plastic) in your latest issue.
I often e-mail/mail/call companies to question their environmental policies and give pointers as to how they can update or change their current habits. It’s so easy to overlook companies like yours that make an effort to be environmentally conscious, but I’m making a point of congratulating as well as cajoling. Thank you so much for a great magazine and keep up the good works.
Country Living is a GREAT magazine. For anyone who hasn’t heard of it I highly recommend checking it out. Their ideas are wonderful and, as it said in the e-mail, they encourage reusing instead of buying new.
Hopefully I hear back from Chatelaine. I don’t need to hear back from Country Living but if they message back with an environmental policy I will be stoked. Peace Out!
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