There are many products out there; from cars to light
bulbs, which claim to be green, environmentally friendly or less harmful to the
environment. But because there are no hard and fast rules about what makes a
product environmentally friendly or not, it can be very difficult to
distinguish between something that claims to be green and something that is
However, there are good rules about them and the four
aspects that make up the most environmentally friendly products and examining
them can give you an idea of whether the products you see are environmentally
friendly or not.
What is the alternative
Many goods claim to be environmentally friendly
because it uses less energy than alternatives, but this is what makes things
more environmentally friendly. Cars that use environmentally friendly fuel
systems may be more environmentally friendly than gasoline models but not if
you can walk easily to most of your destinations. So the first thing to ask
when looking for environmentally friendly products is – do I need them?
Energy efficiency is a key aspect of environmentally
friendly products. Global warming and climate change are related to the CO2
emitted from our energy use. Reducing the power we consume will benefit the
environment so that any product that uses less energy than similar products
(and you need them) is greener.
Energy-saving light bulbs, for example, produce the
same effect as ordinary lighting but use a third less power.
Sustainability and toxic
Another aspect of the green credentials of the goods
we buy is what they are made of. If something does not come from a sustainable
source or contains harsh chemicals or toxic metals
friendly products must also be made from materials that can be recycled or can
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As research continues to show the impact of climate
change on our planet, it is increasingly important to promote your company as
an environmental consideration. We can all reduce things around the office such
as paper usage and ensure we turn off the PC at the end of the day, but our
customers cannot see this change. This is where earth-friendly products are
very useful. Earth-friendly products, of course, covers a wide variety of
things, from washing powder to clothing. But of course, not all are suitable
for the successful promotion of your company. Many promotional items are
therefore now available as eco-friendly products, either made from recycled
materials or having other eco-friendly credentials such as being biodegradable.
An Earth-friendly Product
Making the switch from a ‘regular’ promotional item to
an earth-friendly product need not be expensive or difficult. Most good
promotional companies will be able to advise you of the most cost-effective items
to compliment your existing campaigns, and artwork requirements shouldn’t be
very different. You will probably be surprised at the range of earth-friendly
products you can get, and may not even realize some already fit that criterion!
The Bag for Life
One of the most popular and widely used earth-friendly
products are the bags for life that several leading supermarkets use. The
selection of these bags is now significantly larger than when they were first
introduced, with colored bags and drawstring rucksack styles now available.
These eco-friendly products are of course not only incredibly useful but
something of a fashion item these days, so if you can use a creative, funky
design that incorporates your company logo you can only increase the appeal of
these, and therefore your level of exposure.
Another range of earth-friendly products popular with
many people is stationery items. Pens, … Read more