The term “eco-friendly” gets used a lot and is applied to many different products and items. However, using the word eco-friendly is somewhat vague and confusing for many. It’s a buzzword you’ll probably hear thrown around a lot in coming years due to the concerns over global warming and plastic pollution across the globe. So, we’re going to highlight what exactly makes a product eco-friendly and explain the distinctions between “green,” “eco-friendly,” and “sustainable.”
These days, the term “green” implies a whole lot more than color. While some green terms can be used interchangeably, others have more nuanced meanings and are not synonymous.
We’ve already highlighted eco-friendly above. Now we need to cover two more primary terms often used across industries. Here is a general definition for each:
- Environmentally Friendly – like eco-friendly or earth-friendly, environmentally friendly means that the product or item is not environmentally harmful.
- Green – less specific than eco-friendly, green describes anything that benefits the environment or minimizes the impact on the planet. It can involve using recycled materials, using fewer resources, or outfitting products with eco-friendly packaging.Leading a greener and more eco-friendly life is possible with the right choices. Making both minor and significant changes to everyday practices can lessen our overall carbon footprint and benefit the health of our planet.Many people want to live a more green lifestyle; they just aren’t sure how. Here are some habits and choices that will start you on a path toward a greener lifestyle:
- Avoid single-use plastics (e.g., water bottles, shopping bags, forks/knives, straws, etc.)
- Buy products with less packaging or environmentally friendly packaging.
- Choose to buy only items you need and donate the things you no longer use
- Compost food and yard waste to reduce methane emissions
- Eat more fruits and vegetables that are local and organic; better yet—grow your own!
- Give your old electronics to companies that can recycle the parts.
- Reduce your energy consumption at home by adjusting the thermostat, shutting off lights, and unplugging idle electronics
- Reuse bags instead of consuming new plastic bags
- Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances
- Use LED lightbulbs