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Reasons to use Eco-Friendly Products

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Author: Rachel
Date: May 14, 2024

It’s easy to become apathetic about saving the planet. When the super rich are using private jets at the same frequency as the rest of us use public transport, it’s hard to feel too guilty about using a plastic straw in your drink or failing to separate your recycling. That said, there are some pretty solid reasons you might want to consider using eco-friendly products in the future.

What are eco-friendly products?

Products can be marketed as eco friendly for a variety of reasons. They might be made using recycled materials. They might be completely recyclable or compostable. Or they might be made with materials that do not have a negative impact on the environment.

There are some products that have been phased out in an effort to create less waste. Examples of this include polystyrene food containers and plastic straws. Both are single-use items that are a disaster for the planet. They’re also not necessary, as they are superior ways to achieve the same goals without harming the planet.

Other examples of harmful products that have been phased out include aerosols responsible for depleting the ozone. CFCs were removed from sale and the ozone has been recovering since. Micro-beads are also a great example of products that have since been removed from sale.

No one misses these products or has failed to find a suitable alternative. So the next question is, where else in the product ecosystem can we identify environmentally problematic items that no one will miss?

Why should you consider using eco-friendly products?

Why should you consider using eco-friendly products?

Using eco-friendly products is all about being a conscious consumer. It means that you care about the origins, manufacturing methods, contents and life cycle of the items you consume. It’s all too easy to turn a blind eye and claim ignorance, but with so many eco-friendly alternatives available, this stance is becoming more difficult to uphold.

Besides the moral obligation to do as little harm to the planet as possible, these are some of the other reasons you might consider switching to eco-friendly products.

Reduce your environmental impact

The simplest reason to consider switching to eco-friendly products is the positive impact you can have on the environment. Individuals forget that they have a choice, and their buying power sends a strong message to those responsible for making and selling products. By opting out of using non-eco-friendly products and making a conscious choice to select the eco-friendly alternatives, this can help to shape the future of manufacturing.

Cut costs by eliminating waste

Cut costs by eliminating waste

There are serious savings to be made once you start to look for ways to cut the non-environmentally friendly products from your life. A great example of this would be switching to reusable items rather than single use items. 

  • A reusable water bottle will save you significant sums over buying bottled water. 
  • The same can be said for using microfibre cloths rather than single-use paper towels. 
  • Another example is single use coffee pods over a traditional espresso machine.

These are just three examples from around the home that could help you to cut costs while reducing your impact on the planet.

Avoid harming wildlife

There is a common misconception that once something is out of sight, it is also out of mind. Choosing eco-friendly products means that you care about the entire life cycle of your products. From the raw materials used to create the products, to the way the product is disposed of, there are many ways that these steps can have a negative impact on wildlife.

We often assume that cleaning products are safe to use because we have them in our homes. But these products are designed to be washed away. They head into sewers and can find their way into waterways. This can have a devastating impact on wildlife.

Reduce what you are sending to landfill

Reduce what you are sending to landfill

When you opt for eco-friendly products, you’ll discover that you are able to reduce the amount of waste that goes into your main bin and recycle a lot more. This could be simply because you are using less. Or it could be as a result of making better choices and selecting products that can be recycled and reused.

Help your local community

A huge part of choosing eco-friendly products often means shopping small and shopping local. Using a local refilling shop will help to put money back into your local economy. Rather than using your purchasing power to fund a billionaire’s next trip to space, you can help to pay for ballet classes for a small business owner’s child. 

Putting money back into the local economy has significant benefits for you and for your wider community. It also sends a message to the big companies that their lack of sustainable practices are no longer of interest to consumers. This could help to force them into taking responsibility for the products they produce.

How do you start using eco-friendly products?

How do you start using eco-friendly products?

Being more eco-friendly often starts in multiple stages. First, you look at what you can cut out. Next, you look at what you can reduce. And finally, you look at what you can replace with better solutions.

You don’t have to do it all at once. It’s certainly possible to take baby steps into being more sustainable and green. Once you start the ball moving towards a more green and eco-friendly approach, you’ll find that your home environment is improved. Many non-sustainable products are loaded with chemicals that aren’t good for health. By being aware of these nasties in your home, you can improve your health while also reducing your carbon footprint.

Closing thoughts

There are so many valid reasons for trying to be more eco-friendly and choosing sustainable products. It’s better for the planet, it’s better for your wallet, it’s better for your community and it’s better for your health. With this in mind, it makes sense to take the small baby steps required to start using eco-friendly products around your home and in your life. There’s a common misconception that it’s more expensive, but often a reusable item offers better lifetime value than cheap, single-use items.  

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