Do you feel like technology has been moving at Mach speed the last handful of years?
I feel the same way regarding the products hitting the market daily.
A lot of times “green products” do not get the great publicity they deserve.
Big huge corporations spend billions of dollars on advertisements to get their products good or bad in front of people.
In this article, I will pull back the curtain on green products and explain some things that go into making them green products.
What Are Green Products?
The terms “green” or “sustainable” often refer to products, services, or practices that focus on making it a win-win-win in the space of environmentally better alternatives to what the norms are.
What do I mean by win-win-win?
- You get a service or product you want (You win)
- The company that sold you the product makes a profit. (They win)
- The product or service is better for the environment. (Earth Wins)
Some examples of these products are
- Better energy star ratings, more durable, or lower maintenance requirement.
- Free of Ozone-depleting chemicals, toxic compounds and don’t produce toxic by-products.
- A product that removes the reliance on plastic, metal, or other toxic attributes to the environment.
- 100% of organic foods
- Biodegradable or easily reused either in part or as a whole.
These products have to cause less of an eco-impact or is less damage to human health than the traditional product equal to others on the market.
Example Of Green Products On The Market
- Reusable Make-up removing pads
- Green Ball Laundry Ball
- Biodegradable bamboo teeth brushes
- Earth-friendly Laundry Detergent
- Reusable grocery bags
- Biodegradable baby wipes.
- Compostable cutlery for your kitchen
These are to name a few of the great companies and products on the market today.
All these companies are using creativity to change the landscape of the marketplace in favor of more eco-friendly alternatives.
Green Product Certifications Explained
To get certifications in these categories companies have to have an excellent track record for maintaining products that are improving the environment.
Companies that have these certifications are companies that do things like replant trees, clean up oceans from pollutants, and aim at keeping the air and water clean.
As a result, reduces the drastic change of environment due to pollution.
Most, if not all, focus on reducing the harmful effect of raw materials’ extraction, production, use, and reuse of disposed of wastes.
A certification program for wood products that come from forests that are managed in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable way.
A non-profit organization, working to promote responsible management of the world’s forests since 1993.
Green Seal Certification ensures that a product meets serious, science-based leadership standards.
It is a life cycle assessment based labeling program for building products, green operations, and maintenance procedures.
A green seal can be found on anything from a coffee filter to a hotel.
This certification was created in 2000, it is an internationally recognized standard for green building and design.
The rating system works off 5 categories and is associated with both business and residential buildings.
LEED focuses on whole building sustainability which can be used by diverse professionals and government agencies.
You could look for the LEED seals when looking to purchase green homes or office buildings, as an example.
When looking to go green at the dinner table many will look for certified organic foods.
The United States Department of Agriculture has implemented the National Organic Program.
This indicates whether a product was produced in a way that:
- Integrates biological
- Cultural and mechanical processes
- Conserves biodiversity
- Foster cycling of natural resources. In general, this means synthetic fertilizer, irradiation or genetic engineering practices will not be used.
Advantages Of Going Green To The Brands
Green products last longer than conventional products.
Most if not all the brands focus on making products that can be washed and reused, recycled, or repurposed.
Moreover, these products consume less energy and other resources thus reducing the bills of the users. See our post on Eco-friendly paper towels!
If operated responsibly and maintained properly, the green products result in low maintenance costs.
Take green buildings, for example.
They market themselves not only for being environmentally friendly but also for less operational costs.
Which all works for full circle in being more efficient and minimizing the damage to the environment.
Improve physical but also mental health.
Made from organic or all-natural ingredients and components they are biodegradable making them better for the environment.
More and more people all across the world are becoming more concerned about the environment.
The changing climatic condition is not just talking but has become an international concern.
This awareness is greatly affecting consumers’ purchasing decisions and what products companies are bringing to the market.
If you’re as concerned as is then by all means is your dollars as voting bucks and only purchase from companies making great products for the environment!
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