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Green product watch: Bagged salad, carpet cleaners, and more

Here’s the latest news and advice on greener products, covered in the March 2010 issue of Consumer Reports.

How clean are bagged salads? In our recent tests for bacteria on “pre-washed” and “triple washed” salad greens, we found room for improvement. While we didn’t find pathogens like E.coli 0157:H7, listeria, or salmonella in our small sample, we did find bacteria that are common indicators of poor sanitation and fecal contamination—in some cases, at rather high levels. For more details on our findings, read Bagged salad: How clean?

Recommended green-branded carpet cleaners. Two carpet cleaners that carry environmentally friendly claims—Bissell OxyPro Carpet Spot & Stain Remover and Seventh Generation Natural Carpet Spot and Stain Remover—made our “Recommended” list. The Seventh Generation product is also a "Best Buy." Check out our Carpet cleaners buying guide for expert tips on choosing a carpet cleaner (full report available to subscribers).

New energy-saving features on TVs. Manufacturers are rolling out new features designed to reduce power consumption, such as energy saver modes on LCD sets. But it doesn’t appear that they will cut utility bills much. Get our expert tips on choosing a TV in our TV buying guide and compare energy costs in our TV Ratings (full report available to subscribers).

Low-VOC paints impress. For the first time, nearly all our top-scoring paints are among the lowest in volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which are linked to pollution, smog, and respiratory problems. Home Depot’s Behr came out on top in all three of our tested categories. Get our expert tips on choosing paint in our Interior paint buying guide (full report available to subscribers).

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