This might commonly be the very first question for people new to this area. People taking opportunity trying to do "good" for environment and their well beings are often confused by the next step of their commitments. What's next? Where do I start? This can span from small steps like deciding which bulbs or cleaning products to use, to the bigger ones like considering about carbon footprints and others. It can be overwhelming to think about all these stuff in the very first steps of being green, right?
It's because the greening process caters just every single part in our lives: cleaning products, furniture, renovating ideas, and even the building process of our homes itself. One thing you can be sure of, not everything that looks 'green' is green enough to be green. Okay, what I'm saying is, this process requires not only thinking and learning on how we use products but also where they came from and where they are going. If we want to do it right, start from choosing the right products and materials that will help us accomplish the mission! And I will tell you how.
3 fundamentals of being green:
1) energy efficiency - how much energy a product consumed during its manufacturing process, distribution and usage?
2) product's contents and its raw materials - are they environmentally friendly? Are they sourced responsibly?
3) product's lifespan and recyclability - how long can I use it and what am I gonna do if I don't need it anymore?
Essentially, one needs to consider the environmental and health impacts of their product choices.
This should include:
- Improved indoor environmental quality
- Reduced environmental impact over the lifecycle
- Reduced or eliminated toxic substances
- Sustainable development, smart growth
Now these might sound fancy but if you choose the products wisely, these values automatically add to your product choices, because you chose them right!
Some of the examples of green product choices:
- products naturally sourced - clay etc
- recycled content products - recycled paper etc
- mineral wool, fiberglass, and recycled cotton for insulation
- glass tiles
- sustainably grown materials - bamboo flooring, wool carpets and bedding, bamboo fiber clothing
- energy efficient electronics - Look at the energy star rating!
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