How to tell if a product is really “GREEN”
Regardless of what product you are sourcing for your home, here are some good questions to ask….
Is the product manufactured locally?
Locally sourced materials use less energy, cause less pollution in transport, and help local economies.
Is it healthful?
Does the product contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde or other chemical irritants.
Is it durable?
Even if they cost a little more, long lasting materials benefit the environment.
Is it made from recycled materials, and can it be recycled?
Products made with at least some recycled materials require fewer raw materials for their manufacture, and products that can be recycled ease the strain on landfills.
Will it save energy?
Whether it is in the manufacturing process, or the use of the product in your home, anything you can do to lower energy demands is positive.