Every minute of the day, you make simple choices that either harm the Earth or help protect it. Every choice is a vote for or against leaving a livable planet for ourselves, our families, and future generations. Eco friendly products are earth-friendly, people-friendly and socially responsible alternatives to cheaper conventional brands.
The true costs of most products are not listed in the price. Environmental damage, loss of animal species, and consumer health problems haven’t been factored in. We pay for these hidden costs a little bit every day with the fading quality of our lives, and big chunks of our income at tax time.
Thre Rules of Eco Friendly Products
- Reduce Consumption by buying eco friendly products and products with less packaging and only buying what you need.
- Reuse. Minimize waste by finding alternatives uses for things, like composting for your garden. Reuse your shopping bags, or even better, bring reusable cloth bags with you when you go shopping.
- Recycle. Recycle everything from paper, plastic, cans, oil, glass, garden waste, etc. When buying products made out of recycled content. Choose a high post-consumer recycled content over pre-consumer recycled content.
Green Living Tips:
- Choose organic! Choosing products made out of organic materials and ingredients is not only healthier and safer for you and your family. This choice also helps protect groundwater, farmers, and wildlife. This is true not only for food but also for clothing and mattresses.
- Purchase cruelty-free personal care products and cosmetics.
- Invest Responsibly. Invest in companies that are socially responsible and environmentally conscious. You can pick from many stocks, mutual funds and money market funds that are good for both people and the planet.
- Buy in bulk, using the same containers, to cut down on packaging.
- Use biodegradable, earth-friendly, and non-toxic cleaners.
- When buying paper, buy recycled paper. When getting printing done, ask for soy-inks.
- Support local farmers and biodiversity. Buying from local farmers not only supports your local community, but it also cuts down on polluted air because of the reduction in transportation. Uniform crops make us dependent on pesticides and fertilizers because these crops have no resistance to blight. Biodiversity encourages a healthier ecosystem. As another good alternative, grow your own vegetables in your garden.
- Chlorine bleach breaks down into dioxin, a dangerous, non-biodegradable poison that is toxic to wildlife and humans. When washing your clothes, use eco-bleach.
- Choose imports wisely. Avoid products made out of tropical hardwoods. Over 4,000 acres of rainforest are destroyed every minute to furnish American living rooms. Choose sustainably harvested rainforest products, like nuts and fruits, that help supports traditional peoples and discourage the destruction of resources.
Shopping Online Saves Energy
E-commerce replaces retail stores with warehouses, which use one-sixteenth energy. By 2021, it’s expected to eliminate the need for about 45% of commercial building space, saving on construction-related energy too.
Internet shopping saves delivery energy. Surface delivery uses a tenth as much energy as an average trip to the store by car; even overnight air uses 40% less fuel. Some products like software and music can be delivered digitally over the internet.
Web advertising and catalogs reduce the need to print and mail catalogs and direct mail pieces.
Business to business e-commerce, which is 5-10 times larger than the more familiar retail side of the business, enables companies to reduce inventories, avoid overproduction and unnecessary capital purchases, and achieve greater output with less energy.
The internet promotes greater use of home offices, enabling workers to avoid commuting and employers to reduce office space. The energy savings in transportation and office construction and operation more than offset the extra energy used in the home.