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In recent years an increasing number of us have been turning towards eco friendly products. There are a number of reasons a product may be classed as eco friendly. The main definition is a product that has been manufactured and distributed in a way that does as little damage as possible to the environment and using sustainable resources where applicable. It can also be a product that once in use provides benefits to the environment or a product made from recycled or recyclable materials.

So, why is it so important to use eco friendly products? With ongoing concerns about global warming and one of the causes of this being huge amounts of waste put into landfill every day we need to find ways to create less waste. We also need to be aware of the alarming rate at which our non renewable resources (oil, gas) are being depleted. Buying environmentally friendly products not only helps negate the effect these issues are having on the world but helps change bad habits and gently steers you into a new way of thinking on environmental issues.

If you’re not sure where to begin, some of the most readily available eco friendly products are green cleaning products. Many cleaning products can contain nasty toxins including corrosive acids, formaldehyde which is classed as a human carcinogen (cancer causing substance) and chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs).Not only can these exacerbate health conditions such as asthma and other respiratory problems but cause environmental damage to crops and vegetation. There is no reason to use these toxin laden products when there are a host of eco friendly versions to be had. This could mean buying from environmentally friendly brands such as Mrs. Meyer, Seventh Generation. Alternatively you could use natural products that are generally found in most households e.g. lemons, vinegar, baking soda.

The emission from high energy consumption is a global problem but there are loads of eco friendly products out there to help combat this and save you money at the same time. Rechargeable batteries, energy saving light bulbs and plugs to stop you leaving things on standby are all a great start. For those of you more ambitious, solar panels could be an option. Harnessing the power of the sun they create energy for your home and save you a fortune in energy bills. They can cost a lot to install but pay for themselves in the long run.

You can find environmentally friendly products in a multitude of categories and these include (but are certainly not limited to): skincare and beauty, home ware, lighting, toys & gifts, fashion, cars and gadgets. After all this talk of manufactured products we mustn’t forget that you can also buy a lot of eco friendly food products. Free range eggs and organic produce are a great way to get into the eco friendly way of thinking and are often thought to be tastier and healthier than their more ‘forced’ counterparts.

Now we know how beneficial these products can be, surely there’s no downside, is there? Whilst over all eco friendly is the way to go, there are a couple of disadvantages that I would like to mention.

One thing that can put people off giving eco friendly products a try is cost. They can cost more to buy but this is simply because they cost more to produce. To create a product choosing the correct materials, using a manufacturing process that will not harm the environment and distributing it in as responsible way as possible to ensure it is as sustainable as can be, does not come cheap. The alternatives are being churned out of factories by their thousands with keeping costs low the only consideration. Unfortunately, not taking into account the harm manufacturing your product could cause to the environment is the easy option for companies to maximize profits.

Another drawback would be that eco friendly things are not always easy to come by. Energy saving light bulbs and reusable shopping bags may be readily available these days but what if you’re looking for an eco kettle or water powered clock? You are not likely to find these in your everyday supermarket. Whilst some of you may enjoy the hunt to find what you’re looking for, those of us who want an easier life should get online. You can purchase eco friendly products online from a multitude of great websites. All in all, the advantages definitely outweigh the disadvantages and if you are willing to spend a bit of time and effort researching what is available out there these drawbacks can be overcome.

During this research and when deciding who to buy from you may be interested to know what brands are really pulling their weight in the fight against environmental issues. One of the most famously eco friendly brands is Ikea. Flat pack furniture often gets a bad press but the materials used and easiness of transportation go towards making them a great eco friendly option. Plus, Ikea prides itself in giving good value for money and stores can be found worldwide so you are not faced with any of the drawbacks previously mentioned.

You may be doing your bit for the environment but how does the place you live in measure up? If you are looking to live in an eco friendly country your best bet is to move to Western Europe. The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ₁ is a list of 178 countries worldwide ranked on their environmental awareness, standards and policies. The top 10 featured 8 countries from Western Europe with Switzerland coming out on top. It tops the charts due to its free recycling policy, incinerators that create energy for homes and some of the cleanest water in the world.

Whether you kit out your entire roof with solar panelling or simply start using rechargeable batteries there are eco friendly products out there to suit every lifestyle and budget. Finding the right ones for you can start you on the path to a greener way of living that helps create a brighter future for the generations to come. As famous environmental activist David Suzuki reminds us

Our personal consumer choices have ecological, social, and spiritual consequences. It is time to re-examine some of our deeply held notions that underlie our lifestyles.₂

References

1 http://epi.yale.edu/epi

2 http://voiceseducation.org/content/davidsuzukihisownwords

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