What Does Eco-Friendly Mean?

When it comes to saving the planet, you’ve probably come across such buzz words as reduce, reuse, recycle, biodegradable, and going green.

But the one word that best describes all of the above is “eco-friendly”.  Eco-friendly is something that is ecologically beneficial or at least not harmful to the environment. It’s also synonymous to being earth or environmentally friendly. 

To label something as eco-friendly, it should contribute to green living by conserving our natural resources like water and energy.  And it should not contribute to air, water and land pollution.  

Here are some simple ways to start living an eco-friendly lifestyle. 

  1. Buy eco-friendly products. These products are safe for both humans and the environment. It is nontoxic. Its ingredients do not deplete the ecosystem, are organic and don’t contain pesticides or herbicides. It’s made from recycled materials and is biodegradable - it decomposes naturally. 
  2. Reduce, re-use, recycle. All of this pertains to the amount of waste we generate which could damage the planet. If we are conscientious about doing all three, we conserve natural resources and reduce the garbage that goes to landfills. as well as save money. We also lessen the need to constantly replace products. 
  3. Conserve Energy. How we use up energy at home can affect the environment and our electric bills too. Start with replacing your light bulb with LED ones. Clean your ref more often to remove frost and make it work more efficiently. When cooking, put lids on pans to keep the heat. Turn off or unplug appliances when not in use.
  4. Take Better Transportation. Use your car less to reduce carbon dioxide and other harmful chemicals into the air. Instead, use public transport, carpool or better yet get a smart bike. Research also shows that used cars are more eco-friendly than brand new ones which cause 28% of carbon dioxide emissions during its manufacture and transportation to the dealer. 
  5. Support Mother Nature. Get up close and personal with nature by taking better care of your surroundings. When you're on a hike, pick up trash along the way. Organize your community to clean up a park, beach, river or to restore trails. Plant trees with family and friends and maintain them. Stop releasing balloons outdoors because they usually end up in open water and can harm marine life. 

            Once you understand the true meaning and reasoning behind being eco-friendly, it becomes easier to do,  and you feel better about yourself and about helping save the environment