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How The Right Products Can Protect Our Planet 

Protecting our planet can be just a matter of choosing the right products. There are two issues here. One, the products should not contain any harsh chemicals that will pollute the environment; and two, the packaging of the product should be of the kind that can be recycled or is biodegradable.

You can learn more about the kinds of products available that are as gentle on the environment as they will be on us. A product that is gentle on our skin and natural is, after all, likely to be from a manufacturer that also thinks of our planet. There are still manufacturers slow to embrace the idea that we all need to be eco-friendly sooner rather than later, whereas others are on board with the idea already. We can only praise these innovative and forward-thinking companies.

The Importance of What the Product Contains

Eco-friendly can mean many things, but in terms of detergents, it will usually mean that they are free from ingredients that could prove potentially harmful to whoever or whatever they encounter. This is because they can have a direct or indirect impact on the environment that many may not even have thought about.

Directly, chemicals can affect those with respiratory problems or skin conditions at home. Indirectly, the chemicals in cleaning products not marked eco-friendly can find their way into rivers and harm the species that feed off one another in there. Pollution is a major environmental problem that needs to be tackled and anything that finds its way into water systems is just adding to the problem we all face.

The Packaging

Only certain types of packaging can be recycled. We know that tins and glass bottles can be, but it is less certain where plastics are concerned. We need to see a label saying that the bottle is recyclable before we can comfortably buy it and know that our buying decision will not adversely affect the environment.

A word that has, in many circles, overtaken the term recyclable is biodegradable. This means that the packing will degrade in the ground and not stay in its current form for an unthinkable amount of time. You might have experienced a plastic carrier bag in your attic looking like mice have attacked it. In reality, it is degrading into tiny pieces because it is biodegradable. Unfortunately, you have chosen to reuse the wrong kind of packaging. Reusing something is, however,another way of recycling and also good for the environment.

The Wider Considerations

To achieve kindness all around, the kinds of products that we want to see on the shelves, whether they be physical or virtual ones, will be those that are gentle to everyone.

For example, if we had a product that cleaned clothes, it would need to leave our clothes soft and, in a state suitable for sensitive skin. That product should be hypoallergenic, which is kinder to the skin, as more of us seem to have an allergy of one kind or another. Next, we should think about how friendly the product itself would be to the environment around us. If it could enter a drainage system and see it consists of harmful chemicals that you have been allowing a pollutant product to potentially harm fish and other species, you might think differently. This is all before even thinking about the product’s packaging.

Packaging, if it must be entirely remade and cannot be recycled, may well be using energy that has come from a non-renewable source such as coal or gas. The manufacturing process will pollute the atmosphere in making another complete item of packaging. Whereas, if the product could be recycled, at least in part, it would then not enter the ground where it would not biodegrade, and the manufacturing of it would be more energy efficient.

There is much here to think about next time you look to buy your laundry detergent. For example, does it say: chemical-free, ideal for sensitive skin, eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, recyclable, biodegradable, or any of those things? If not, then you may be looking at the wrong product to be kind to you, your baby, your family, and the environment. We should be able to have all these things with technology constantly advancing.

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