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What are eco-friendly products?

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Eco friendly literally means earth friendly or not harmful to the environment. The term most commonly refers to products that contribute to green living or practices that help conserve resources like water and energy. Eco friendly products also prevent contributions to air, water and land pollution.

Making a truly eco-friendly product keeps both environmental and human safety in mind. At a minimum the product is non-toxic. Other eco-friendly attributes include the use of sustainably grown or raised ingredients, produced in ways that do not deplete the planet’s ecosystem. Organic materials are grown without the use of toxic pesticides or herbicides. Products with “made from recycled materials” contain glass, wood, metal, or plastic reclaimed from waste products and made into something new. Biodegradable products break down through natural decomposition, which is less taxing on landfills and the ecosystem as a whole.

Companies sometimes label their products “eco-friendly” or “environmentally friendly” without them being so. This is called “greenwashing” and certain companies use marketing campaigns aimed at environmentally conscious buyers to increase their product sales. To avoid purchasing products that you may suspect as being “greenwashed” ask the supplier for facts and information which verify the products claims. The EU has initiated a voluntary scheme, whereby producers can attach the Ecolabel to products and services that have a reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycle, from the extraction of raw material through to production, use and disposal.

At Smallchanges, we are very happy to help anybody who may have doubts or concerns about products that are labelled as being eco-friendly. If you contact us with your concerns, we will endeavour to assist you as best we can.


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