What are sustainable products?

8 principles for a sustainable lifestyle

In recent years the word sustainability has begun to be on everyone’s lips. The products and shops are filled with this word that has gained popularity little by little. But what is a sustainable product? Is it something positive or a simple fashion?

Sustainable products are those items that give social, monetary and natural advantages while ensuring a general well-being over a long cycle, from the used crude materials extraction all the way to the disposal.

The sustainable items are just a small piece of new puzzle called circular economy. In comparison to the “extract, manufacture and dispose” industrial model, the circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design. Supported by progress of sustainable power sources, the circular economy model contributes to the social, financial and natural capital of our society.

What are sustainability characteristics?

For a product to be considered sustainable, needs to meet the followings:

  1. Product’s lifecycle needs to have zero impact on the environment;
  2. To have a dual focus – the human and the environment factor; 
  3.  Positive contribution. Needs to promote fair trade and to help communities that manufacture them to have a steady socio-economic growth and to improve their quality life.
  4. Fair competitiveness – sustainable products are gaining market share and are becoming more competitive in terms of price because the demand is increasing, but the fairness is kept through business practices and goals.

Furthermore, we can talk about eco-friendly, natural and sustainable products and realize why the un-natural items are not as good for your body and health. Let’s list a couple of ingredients that can be found in commercial body soaps, that are not natural nor good for you: Sodium, Linalool, Benzyl Acetate, Benzaldehyde and Sodium laureth sulfate.

Why should you chose sustainable products?

As we mentioned earlier, a sustainable product will always going to have in his component a natural, low impact ingredient.

For example sake, let’s dive into the beauty industry, specifically into the skin care products. In recent years, we’ve become more aware of the impact on the environment or on our bodies for different chemical products widely used in beauty, fashion or healthcare industry. So, always be aware about what you put on your skin because is as important as what you eat.

In case you’re worried about diminishing the risky effects of synthetic components  and potential poisons you put on/into your body, you have to think about the common body cleansers.

Your skin is your body’s first line of protection against destructive substances. The skin is a defensive mechanical boundary for your inside, muscles and organs. It discharges squander items and overabundance salts from your body through tears and perspiration.

Your skin is additionally intended to retain substances that are beneficial for you, for instance fundamental oils or Vitamin D from the sun. So obviously, your skin can likewise ingest substances that are terrible for you. At the point when your skin assimilates destructive synthetic substances, their poisons can stop into your muscles, cells and tissues and in the long run, overpower your whole body’s defences.

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A debilitated and vulnerable immune system can never again do its genuine activity of safe-guarding you against sicknesses causing infections, microbes and parasitic contaminations. By utilizing natural cleansers, eco body items and organic soaps, you are giving your body all the ingredients it needs to be safe and healthy. 

Always opt for a natural alternative, look for the ingredients which are less processed and closer the their natural form. This way you protect yourself, the environment and in long term you will create the demand for all big companies to shift to a more cleaner, greener way of producing, sourcing and disposing their products. Start small and make a difference. Choose natural for your wellbeing and your surrounding.

Our mini guide for a sustainable lifestyle

1. Adopt the “reduce – reuse – recycle ” principle – The critical first step of waste prevention – one of the steps to be more sustainable – has been overshadowed by a focus on recycling. We want to promote and bring a greater awareness for the importance of “Reduce-Reuse-Recycle” mantra. So please share it with your friends, colleagues and loved ones. 

2. Borrow and share –  If you just need something briefly, try to loan it from a companion or acquaintance, instead of buying a product you won’t be using for long, especially if is made of/with plastic. You can always share things like games, books, movies, magazines etc among neighbours, friends or relatives.

3. Bring a tree-free mindset in your home – Of course, nobody is expected to do this immediately by replacing all items in their household with sustainable alternatives. Keep in mind the reduce, reuse, recycle principle. 

Start small. We suggest to start maybe with replacing paper napkins with cloth napkins, print your documents on used paper, switch to cloth napkins, use old t-shirts as towels (the used ones and be easily washed and re-used), re-use any paper material you own as much as possible (wrapping paper, envelopes, postcards), instead of using paper for your grocery lists or any lists, switch to a digital organizer, shift to a bamboo alternative for the items which have cellulose in them (cellulose is the main component of paper).

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4. Only buy the things you truly need – Try not to buy too much cleaning supplies, paint or food if you think there’s a chance you might throw it away. Buy only the quantity you need – reduce your input before becomes waste.

5. Try to create as little rubbish/litter as possible – Avoid single use items at every possible opportunity. For example when you purchase frozen yogurt/ice cream on your day out, ask for a cone rather than a cup. When you order food at home ask the restaurant not to send you the plastic straws, plastic utensils for your purchase items and use what you already have in house. Or you can opt for reusable straw, cutlery, cup or mugs which can be used on a picnic or for any outdoor activity.

6. Reduce the single use plastics – While shopping, if you only buy a few products skip the shopping bag. For bigger buys, bring your own eco-friendly pack or bag. We recommend to have a spare bag kept into your car, purse, backpack or even in your coat for moments like this. 

7. Pack a waste-free lunch at whatever point conceivable. Besides that, carry a mug-to-go with you any place, so you can drink directly from your own cup, instead of using a plastic/paper one.

8. Simplify your life – as much as it could reasonably be expected to be done.  Try your best to only keep certain items that you enjoy and use most of the time in your household, make more space around you and get rid of everything you don’t think you truly need. By declutter your life, you will involuntarily start using less therefore you will buy what actually you need, when you need and you will waste much less.

If you found our What are sustainable products? article useful, please share it with your friends and family and who knows, a small change can happen. Thank you and hope to see you soon. 

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