Sometimes, no matter how much we recycle and upcycle stuff in our house, it’s not just enough to save the Earth. We’ve destroyed it so much that it might be too late to turn things around.
To completely help Mother Nature heal, we need a collective effort of not only recycling things but also buying and using eco-friendly products in the first place. This habit, coupled with tireless efforts of recycling and reusing our stuff, will certainly help reduce our negative impact on the environment.
However, it’s not as simple as that. Completely switching to eco-friendly products might be a tall order. But trust us, it’s a great start!
In this piece, we’re going to tell you why practising a green and environment-focused lifestyle is good not only for the environment but also for you and your family.
But first, what does “eco-friendly” really mean?
Well, for starters, eco-friendly simply means something that is not harmful to the environment. However, if you put that same word beside the word “product” things can get a little more complex.
Eco-friendly products are not just products that don’t directly harm the environment. A consumer good can only be labelled as “eco-friendly” if it was manufactured in a way that no harm to the environment was done, or you won’t negatively impact nature during and after usage of the product.
To make life easier for you, there are ways to tell whether a product is 100% eco-friendly. Just by looking at certifications on the product packaging or the brand’s website, you can tell which one’s legit.
- For appliances – look for certification that the appliance or electronics is energy-saving
- For beauty products – look for certifications that prove the product is made with 100% natural and organic ingredients.
- For cleaning products – look for certifications that say the product is safe to the environment when disposed of.
- For paper and wood products – look for certifications that prove that they are made from discarded materials or responsibly sourced woods.
Why switch to eco-friendly products?
- They help preserve Mother Nature
The reason why eco-friendly products were invented was to save the Earth in the first place. These products are part of a collective effort to help nature heal as we slowly reduce our negative impact on the environment.
But we have a long way to go. Unless we all take part in the movement.
If you’ve been planning to practice such a lifestyle, probably the best way to start is to buy eco-friendly products. Energy-saving appliances and organic skincare and cosmetics products are a great introduction to this whole eco-friendly living.
- Nature-friendly products promote a healthy lifestyle
Most traditional products contain harmful substances. Take plastic furniture for example. They are known to have BPA, lead, and other harmful chemicals. Beauty products, on the other hand, often contain lead, aluminium, paraben, and other toxic substances.
Just imagine how much of your stuff is made with these harmful chemicals. These materials do not only harm the environment but also negatively impacts your health.
Eco-friendly products, on the other hand, will assure you are safe from dangerous chemicals and substances. These products will prove to be a great investment since nothing matters more in the long run than the health of the whole family.
- They’re cheaper
Energy-saving appliances are a great testament to this. While these kinds of electronics may come at a relatively steeper price when you buy them, they can help you save money in the long run.
Just imagine how much you’ll save in 5 or 10 years if you’ll get to save almost half of your original electricity bill just because you used an energy-saving refrigerator, or air conditioning, or washing machine.
- You can help build a better future
It may sound cheesy but it’s the truth, especially if you have a family. If you’re working hard to save up for your kid’s college tuition or medical coverage, you might as well work hard to build a better environment for them.
After all, they’re the ones who’ll get left behind when we die. So we better act now to make this world livable again for our children.
No effort is futile. If we all live an eco-friendly lifestyle, imagine just how much repair we can do to the environment. Imagine how conducive it will be for living.