This page includes possible sources for your Follow the Thing Project. It's a starting point for research--don't hesitate to ask a librarian for further assistance!
These two databases may be especially useful for your project. Academic Search Premier includes scholarly, news, consumer, and trade publications. Business Source Premier includes business news, industry reports, and trade publications.
Search for websites of manufacturer or industry associations. For examples, see this list of over 2,000 professional and industry associations:
The links below provide lists of consumer advocacy groups and an example of a consumer advocacy group.
These are just a few examples of environmental advocacy groups and government agencies. You can search for other international, federal, state, local, advocacy, and environmental research entities.