What Makes a Product “Green”?

Written on Thursday, April 23, 2009

This year marked the 39th annual Earth Day in the US. Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. Today, there is an increased effort to protect our natural world.

There are many ways that one can contribute to this effort – and buying green products can contribute in a big way.

For example, if every household in the U.S. replaced just one bottle of 32 oz. petroleum-based cleaner with a renewable resource based product, we could save 7,500 barrels of oil, enough to heat and cool 430 U.S. homes for a year!

A basic definition of a “green product” is one that is made using environmentally friendly processes and is used in environmentally friendly ways. There are many ways that a product can be green: they do not contain hazardous solvents; they utilize recycled materials or incorporate recyclable components; they are energy or water efficient; they make current products you use more efficient or more durable; or they otherwise reduce the product’s impact on the environment.

You can make a difference by simply replacing a few of the products you use everyday with an environmentally friendly alternative.

Written by Carissa Kelley