What does eco-friendly or green mean?
A product or service is considered eco-friendly or green if it is not harmful to the environment or ecosystems. It either does not disrupt the environment when the product is being made or when it is used. Green products tend to be non-toxic, made from sustainable ingredients, organic, biodegradable (breaks down naturally and is, therefore, less taxing on the environment), and do not harm the environment while being made. Products or practices that conserve water and energy are considered green. Products made from recycled materials are also considered green because they are reusing materials that are taxing on the ecosystem when not recycled.
Be wary when shopping for green or eco-friendly products because some companies falsely label their products as “eco-friendly” when they, in fact, are not. This practice is called “greenwashing.” It is a marketing attempt targeting shoppers that would prefer to spend their money on products with the least environmental impact. Conscious shoppers should always look for seals of approval from third party ecological advocacy groups. For example, Eco-Max cleaners are a certified product by EcoLogo. You will find the seal of approval on the product itself. Other reputable seals you should look for are Green Seal, Energy Star program, and Green Good Housekeeping.
Certified Vegan and Certified Organic products must also follow a strict and inspected manufacturing process.
Tips and Tricks for going green
- Switch over to green cleaning products. Find products that are made from renewable resources and not from petroleum. Products should be non-toxic and biodegradable. We recommend Benefect cleaning and disinfecting products. Benefect is environmentally responsible and sustainable by using thyme as there active ingredient.
- Don’t just throw away old cleaning products you are not going to use anymore. Try to find a place to recycle them. Check to see if your community has a program in place to recycle household cleaning products. For example, here is Toronto’s policy.
- Improve your indoor air quality with air purifiers. We recommend the Eco-Max Air Purifier. It is non-toxic and removes germs, mold, mildew and unwanted odours from the air.
- Traditional store bought air fresheners are filled with chemicals. Instead, use an ultrasonic diffusers and essential oils to clean the air. Make sure you properly clean your ultrasonic diffuser as failing to do so is counter intuitive. Improperly cleaned diffusers can bread mold and mildew. You can clean your diffuser with a few drops of white vinegar or rubbing alcohol.
- Do not use conventional dry cleaners. Conventional dry cleaners use a toxic industrial solvent called Perchloroethylene which is toxic for the environment. Try to find a green dry cleaner that uses carbon dioxide to clean instead.
- Switch to makeup and lotions that have organic ingredients. Non-organic skin products are filled with chemicals that could be potentially harmful when absorbed into your skin. These chemicals can also get washed into our water supplies, harming eco-life. Organic products we recommend are: SacredEarth, Biotone, Bon Vital Organica.