Choosing to lead a green lifestyle can be rewarding and beneficial to future generations. But, it has its fair share of challenges. With savvy marketers and the need for every product to have a competitive edge, labeling doesn’t always indicate that a product is truly green. Whether the label indicates “Earth Friendly” or “Green”, some advertising leaves one tricked into buying a “fake” green product. Green product selection often involves making trade-offs between multiple environmental impacts.
Green Products Defined
Before talking about identifying a green product, we have to understand what the definition of a green product is. The terms “green” or “sustainable” often refer to products, services or practices that allow for economic development while conserving for future generations. A green product is one that has less of an impact on the environment. Or, is not as harmful to human health as the traditional product equivalent. We all realize that almost no product will ever be 100% “green,” since all product development has some impact on the surrounding environment. It all comes down to the degree of impact and as mentioned above, the trade off between impacts.To understand the trade-offs you should realize that there are certain attributes that describe green products and services. They are listed below.
Green Products Are
- Energy efficient, durable and probably have low maintenance requirements.
- Free of Ozone depleting chemicals, toxic compounds and don’t produce toxic by-products.
- Frequently made of recycled materials or from renewable and sustainable sources.
- Obtained from local manufacturers or resources.
- Biodegradable or easily reused either in part or as a whole.
With Green Products, it starts with Solar Energy. I will be constantly updating things as I find them. Though Solar is a great place to start.