Green products are a great way to go green in your every day life. Think about how much stuff you use/buy/apply/clean with/etc. every single day. Cleaning products, moisturizer, laundry detergent, lotion, toothpaste, shampoo, vitamins, and water (hopefully filtered, not bottled) are some of the things we use to assist us each day.
You Get What You Pay For
All green products are not created equal. You've probably heard the saying, “You get what you pay for.” In our experience, this is mostly true, depending which category you're referring to.
We've all observed the vast array of products in different stores. One facial cleanser is $10, while another is $35. One bottle of vitamins is $6 and another is $22. What's the difference?
At first glance, it may be that one item is name-brand, while the other is generic. Duh, you're probably saying, But why are name-brand items more expensive?
Does It Have the Research Behind It?
Name-brand items, no matter what product it may be, should have the research and clinical trials to back up the effectiveness of their products. Research and development takes money, thus sometimes causing higher prices.
Does It Really Get the Job Done?
Human nature innately wants to save money and get the cheapest product that will seemingly, “get the job done.” But this is where we all have to step back. Does the cheapest stuff really get the job done?
Questions to Ask
These are some of the questions you should ask yourself when purchasing most day to day products:
- Has the company tested the safety of their products? The effectiveness?
- Do they run quality tests each year?
- Do they test the raw materials they manufacture and the final products?
- Does the company practice environmental stewardship?
- Are they mindful of product packaging, shipping, and distribution?
- Do they use green power to manufacture their green products?
- How much of an impact does the company have on the environment?
- Are they really looking out for you and your health?
Great, eco-friendly, green companies should satisfy most, if not all, of the criteria above. Taking all of these questions into consideration when you buy green products protects you and your health. When you think about these issues and deliberately take your business elsewhere because the companies products aren't green, healthy, or natural enough for you, it sends a big message.
In the United States, companies are NOT required to run clinical trials and research the long term effects of the products. Uh oh! This means there is a heck of a lot of stuff out there people are consuming, applying, and using that hasn't been tested and reviewed long term.
We don't know about you, but this gives us the heebie jeebies.
Going Green and Your Health
Going green means making healthier choices. Don't buy products exclusively because they are the cheapest. And certainly don't buy just any green product either just because it claims to be green. Purchase products because they work and have been proven to work. Why take a multivitamin every day when you don't feel a difference when you don't take it? Why clean with a product that has formaldehyde, a carcinogen, in it to later get a headache?
Going green is obviously very important to us. But at the end of the day, it is your health we are more concerned about. If you are exposing yourself and your loved ones to toxic chemicals in cleaning products and are ingesting synthetic vitamins and such, optimum health cannot be achieved long term.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) thinks that organic pollutants are 2 to 5 times higher inside our homes due to all the stuff we use. Because most of us spend 90% of our time inside, these facts are something we simply cannot idly review. It's up to you to take action against this exposure and protect yourself, your family, and the planet. If you are healthy and feel your best, you'll likely be more effective in the lives of others and the green arena.
Volatile Organic Compounds
Exposing yourself to toxic fumes and chemicals can make you sick. More often than not, traditional, household cleaners contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are gases emitted by such common household products. The EPA states that VOCs have short and long term health risks. According to the US Geological Survey, VOCs are also common ground contaminants.
There are more than 81,000 chemicals registered with the EPA. You would think that the US government would test and certify that all these registered chemicals were safe for consumption for the public. Well, they haven't quite done that. The government has only tested about 20% of the registered chemicals. Chemicals on this list are being used in our every day products such as toothpaste and window cleaner. Yikes!
Staying Close to Mother Nature
We don't know about you, but we would like to stay close to products that come from mother nature. There are too many unknown elements in day to day products (even some supposed "green" products) that we are ingesting and using that could be contributing to the decline of our health. Sure you may not have any serious health issues now, which is awesome! But the longer you expose yourself to common, household toxins, the higher risk you take in getting sick.
Regardless if you've been blessed with good health or not, consider changing your products. It could change your life and will certainly have a positive impact on the planet.
Cheaper Isn't Always Better
If you are still skeptical about more expensive products, just pick up a bottle of a sink or oven cleaner and try to pronounce/define half of the ingredients. At the end of the day, is it worth the risk? Put good stuff in your body and use green products that aren't synthetic and that are made from nature. Cheap stuff may temporarily and partially get the job done, but we don't think it's always the best choice just because it's the cheapest.
Eliminate the Guesswork
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