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Definition of a True Green Product and Its Benefits

written by: vrodbaz•edited by: BStone•updated: 9/7/2010

Just because a product is labeled as eco-friendly, doesn't necessarily mean that it is. Learn about the real definition of green products, as well as the benefits of using green products.

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    How Green Are Your Products?

    Many factors are involved when green products are made. There are also a variety of factors that affect the validity of the green products definition. The problem is that many people are not as well informed as they should be when it comes to purchasing 100% true eco-friendly products. This makes it more likely that they will purchase items that are not in accordance with eco standards, with the impression that they are making a choice to better the environment.

    The manufacturing process should also be taken into consideration when discussing environmentally friendly products. Therefore, a true green product is not only the finalized product that is represented to the public at grocery stores, but it also includes the manufacturing process behind the scenes. Taking an in-depth look at what you are buying, you can truly reap the benefits of using green products.

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    The Background of Your Eco Shopping Choices

    Many companies who make green products also utilize a variety of eco-friendly resources. These resources include utilizing green energy, conserving water and practicing energy efficiency. Many factories also utilize solar panels and energy efficient light bulbs to help reduce the cost of the manufacturing process. Alternative energy and alternative fuels also help to keep their factories and manufacturing plants up and running.

    Companies can utilize a variety of green building techniques in the factories and manufacturing plants where green products are made. This is why it is imperative for customers to know more information about the green products they buy. Afterall, a true green product is made in a factory that also utilizes eco-friendly resources and products.

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    True Green

    A true green product utilizes ingredients from nature. The focus is on integrating sustainable and organic materials as much as possible, instead of having to create synthetic materials, which increases waste, uses energy, and depletes resources.

    Another criteria is the use of eco-friendly, specialized packaging. The use of less packaging, recycled materials, and recyclable materials for packaging is essential for a product to truly be green.

    True green products are also made of ingredients that are safe for people, animals and the environment. For example, conventional cotton contributes chemicals to the environment during production, and to the consumer during use. Organic cotton and other natural textiles on the other hand are free from toxins. This is good for the people wearing and sleeping on them, but also for the environment as no chemicals are utilized in the growth of the fibers.

    Some of the products made at eco-friendly factories are also made of recycled materials, such as metal from electronics and plastics from a variety of other products. This helps prevent excess waste from being added into the environment.

    According to Jeffrey Hollander, the CEO of Seventh Generation, the only way to know for sure whether your products meet true green requirements is to look at the ingredients. If an item you are purchasing does not list all of its ingredients, do not purchase it.

    What are the benefits of using green products? Buying an eco-friendly product you have the item that you need, for a minimal cost to the earth. Each purchase may yield small benefits, such as a little less energy used or pollution created, but if everyone started practicing eco-conscious shopping, what a difference it would make!

    What is the green products definition? Look for items that are created with eco-friendly means, that are as natural as possible, that minimize packaging or that use eco-friendly packaging materials, that are safe for you and the environment, that use recycled materials in production, and perhaps most importantly of all, portray all of this information clearly rather than deceptively insinuating 'greenness.' This is what truly green means.

    Sources

    http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-eco-friendly.htm

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/environment/july-dec08/greengoods_08-15.html

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    One Source of Green Energy

    green energy Photo by: Dan