It’s impossible to ignore the coverage given globally to matters of the environment. Governments meet and policies are made. Environmentalists speak out, and people rally to their cause. Almost daily, scientists produce new statistics and predictions, warning that we have already crossed lines we should never have done.
With the increase in global travel, Earth has become more of a village than a planet. We have realized that what affects another part of the world may impact us. As the ice caps melt and rainforests get cut down, people realize the need to protect everyone’s future. The environmental issues we face today will directly affect our children and their children.
This article acknowledges these concerns and asks why more people are buying eco-friendly products.
The internet is full of products and suggestions designed to protect us and the environment. When looking for tips and resources it was helpful to learn from the experts that both gifts and essentials can be kind to our world. Gifts such as ornaments can be made responsibly. Essential household items such as shampoo, sunblock, deodorant, or laundry detergent can also be made eco-friendly.
Many electrical appliances feature an Energy Star to display their eco-friendly nature. Packaging will always tell people if products are eco-friendly: they can range from shower curtains to bedding and blinds, and from clocks to towels.
Protecting Our Children
We want to protect and responsibly educate our kids. It’s a worrying fact that some toys can be hazardous for children. The use of plastics is widespread, and it’s these and other chemicals that can be dangerous. Eco-friendly toys have the added plus of being made from recycled materials which are safer.
Eco-friendly cleaning agents have dangerous chemicals removed from them. We’ve all heard about children opening bottles when no one is looking, so this is another safety-benefit.
Kinder for Our Health
Cheap cosmetics are more likely to use synthetic ingredients that can damage and dry the skin. When choosing more costly items, they are more likely to be made from natural elements. Organic cosmetics are not something for ‘extreme eco-warriors’; they are very natural and therefore gentler on the skin. People with skin conditions and allergies will be particularly interested to learn this.
Eco-friendly cleaning agents don’t kill everything like mainstream products. That means good bacteria are allowed to live. This in turn benefits our immune systems. When the products are poured down the drain, less harmful content will be released into the environment too.
Plastics can be bad for our health, and can adversely affect our reproductive capacity, encouraging heart disease, and diabetes. Our autoimmune systems can also come under attack. The tiny pieces of microplastic floating around our oceans may be invisible, but no one knows how many humans and animals are ingesting.
Most eco-friendly products are indeed more expensive, but the tide is slowly turning. Some people choose to have low-light televisions and lightbulbs to save the environment and reduce energy consumption. The gain here is that one will experience cheaper fuel bills.
Toilet paper is something that everyone buys. When it’s environmentally friendly it will be made using recycled materials. It is often cheaper too. Some companies use hemp or bamboo. This is better than using wood to create paper and is, therefore, more sustainable.
Many people view cloth nappies (diapers) as something people used in ‘the old days’. Whilst this is true, more and more people are using them today for their babies. They are washable and therefore reusable. This means that parents will save money, which will make the extra effort worthwhile. Disposable nappies are simple and convenient, but simply end up in a landfill.
It Can Be Attractive
Far too much plastic is used to make disposable carrier bags. It’s not biodegradable and generally ends up in a landfill. Globally, lots of unused plastics end up in rivers and streams. This threatens fish by affecting their breathing capacity. Eco-friendly shopping bags can be used again and again. They will be strong and long-lasting. They can also have far more attractive designs than shop logos!
The same thing applies in choosing reusable coffee cups. They are great to look at compared to the plastic ones, and great to carry around.
Eco-friendly products may initially cost more, but they often last longer. People are more and more seeing the value and importance of investing in environmentally friendly items. The choice of products is increasing daily. They are safer for children and benefit everyone’s health. Just because something is good for the environment doesn’t mean it won’t be stylish and aesthetically pleasing. That’s why more and more people are opting for responsible shopping: it’s benefiting both us and the environment.