Q. Dear Umbra,

Recently a new water container has arrived on the market, called Boxed Water Is Better. I feel skeptical about its use of “renewable trees” in the packaging and the eco-friendly mantra the company is parading. Is boxed water just another greenwashing campaign, or will this product actually make a long-term difference? 

New York, New York

A. Dearest Samantha,

Welcome to my Team of Skeptics! Together we roam the globe, looking for dubious eco-claims, suspicious green bona fides, and fishy “facts” of all kinds. We well know that just because a company markets its products as environmentally friendly doesn’t mean they truly are. Some brands pass muster, and three cheers for them. Some don’t, and that’s where the Team of Skeptics comes in. We’re glad you’ve joined us.