Many people don’t realize the significant impact they can have on our environment through the use of eco-friendly products. One problem many people encounter when trying to pick environmentally friendly products is there is no universally identifiable standard which all eco-friendly products must adhere to. Instead, there are many third party organizations that establish standards in specific product areas. For example, if you were looking for an eco-friendly home appliance, you may consider limiting your search to Energy Star compliant products.
In cases where there is no eco-friendly standard for the product you are considering, you might want to look at the attributes of the product itself to help make your decision.
A few things you might consider:
- Look to see if the product is made of recycled, recyclable, or other eco-friendly materials.
- If one product is graded as more durable than the other, it can be considered more eco-friendly because it won’t need to be replaced as often.
- If the product uses energy, look to see how much energy is consumed versus other like models.
- If the product uses water, look how much it uses versus other like models.
- Products that increase time between usage. If your product is more efficient and you need to use it less, it could have less impact on the environment.