Eco Friendly Products – Research and Stats
May 27, 2016
Eco friendly and environment friendly are referred to products, services, statutory policies and guidelines or any other laws that seek to protect the planet from any harm to its fragile eco system. The reason for the enhanced focus in this field today is because of the timely realization that huge damage has already been done and it is time to pull in the reins and do something about it fast. Already, the effects of rampant deforestation and accumulation of non-biodegradable waste is very much palpable. Rise in global warming and its resultant harm to our environment is there for all to see.
While reams can be written on eco friendly products per se, a bit of research into the procedures that set their guidelines will be in order. ISO 14020 and ISO 14024 have been formulated by the International Standards Organization to set benchmarks that regulate declarations and certifications of eco friendly products. More importantly, these standards have given yardsticks against which the methods of manufacture, the components in the products and the specific scientific methods followed in producing them are measured. However, different variants of the laid down standards are followed in the Americas, Europe, Oceania and Asia without diluting the stringent clauses in any manner.
Being green and ensuring safety levels in the home is not at all difficult for any person with even an average level of awareness in this matter. The most harmful products used in homes are cleaning solutions which contain high levels of toxic and abrasive chemicals. The general perception is that only these can clean well and quickly remove stubborn stains. Nothing can be further from the truth. Vinegar mixed with water cleans glass and floors equally well while safeguarding the health of the occupants.
Traditional cleaning products have solvents and bleaches and release toxins in the air. In closed environments such as a house or office they can cause such health issues as dizziness, respiratory problems and even cancer. Commercial cleaning companies have switched to eco friendly plant based citrus cleansers, oxygen bleaches and soap free from phosphates. Again it is not the products you use that count only, how you use them also matters. For example use bio degradable natural sponges made of 100% cellulose for mopping and wiping. These are long lasting and durable.
Remember, every bit of your effort for achieving a toxic chemicals free planet will be have a positive impact on the environment.