- The issue of being green is very complex and far reaching. It’s not just a case of choosing a product that is ‘recyclable’. There are loads of hidden ‘ugglies’ and a multi faceted approach is required.
- Although awareness and green products available are increasing on a daily basis, there is still a long way to go before everything we buy has a green credential.
- Consider the following areas:
- Ethical – Has the product been manufactured by fairly paid workers and in safe and proper working conditions?
- Pollution – Has the manufacturing process produced any bad environmental bi-products, pollutants or toxins, and does the product continue to do so throughout its functional life and after its disposal.
- Recyclable – How easily can it be recycled? Does it naturally bio-degrade? Does it require dismantling to be recycled? There are new sophisticated bio-plastics now available made out of corn starch which can be composted.
- Environmental – Has the sourcing of the raw materials and finishes for the product had a negative impact on the environment? i.e. De-forestation or extracting paint pigments from the earth.
- Energy Efficient – How much and what type of energy is used to manufacture the product? i.e. Electricity, Gas, oil, solar, wind, hydro.
- Travel – where does it come from, how far it has to travel and how will it need to be packed?
- Design – All this considered and presented in a design that is aesthetically pleasing and functional.
Suffice to say the more ‘natural’ and ‘local’ the product the better green credentials it will have.
The ‘Good Life’ has already entered our homes and will continue to grow. We are all responsible for making this happen.
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