April 22nd isâ€¦
Iâ€™m so glad thereâ€™s a day for thinking about the planet because I have to be honest that itâ€™s hard to think about it all of the time. But, having this day marked off to check in with myself and my lifestyle really helps prepare me for a greener year ahead.
There are so many terms out there that have to do with eco-friendly living that itâ€™s hard to know what they all really mean. Well, I can help. Here is a mini-pedia (thank you Wikipedia) of eco terms that will help you make educated choices Earth Day and all year round.
Recycledâ€“ New products made of used or otherwise wasted materials. This reduces the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduces air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfilling).
Sustainableâ€“ Products that conserve an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.
Reusable â€“ Products made to reduce: waste, consumption of natural materials and pollution by its ability to be used without needing replacement after one use.
Fair Trade â€“ Trade in which fair prices are paid to producers in developing countries. This usually is accompanied by education programs and sustainability practices that help create a future full of more eco-conscious people.
Vegan â€“ Products reject the use of animal products on the premise that the industrial practice is environmentally damaging and unsustainable.
Organic Cottonâ€“ Anything made using cotton material that is free from chemicals or genetically modified seeds.
See if you can tell which type of eco-product is which in this image.
Key: 1=sustainable, 2=recycled, 3=recycled, 4=reusable, 5=recycled, 6=organic, 7=vegan, 8=vegan, 9=fair trade
If we all make small changes in our purchases and practices, they turn into big changes for our Earth and a healthier future for generations. Happy Earth Day!
(*thumbnail image courtesy of Urban Sustainable Living)