What are Sustainability Products?
Sustainability: The origins of sustainability are the reasons of what this concept represents. Therefore, sustainability is made of three pillars: the economy, society, and the environment. These pillars are also informally used as profit, people and planet.
Sustainability Products: Sustainable products are the products that provide environmental, social and economic advantages while preserving public health and environment over their whole product life cycle, from the collecting of raw materials until it is finally disposed of.
What are some examples of sustainability products;
- Bamboo toothbrushes
- Konjac Sponges
- Metal straws or Reusable straws
- Bamboo earbuds
- Bamboo make-up removing facial pads
- Charcoal toothpaste
- Charcoal dental floss
All these products have the same things in common. The raw materials in which they are made out of are all environmentally friendly. They all provide the local communities with jobs to produce the raw materials, used to make these products. They all provide the local communities with a source of income. Which is beneficial to the local economy.
Considering this information, it is right to suggest that the sustainable production of everyday products can be more beneficial towards less economically developed countries.
Low Economically Developed Countries (LEDCs) are countries that tend to;
- lack in GPD,
- have a low average annual salary,
- have a small percentage of the population that has had an education,
- have little infrastructure.
Newly Industrialised Countries (NICs) are countries that tend to be LEDCs moving up a stage in terms of development.
Examples of NICs include China, India, Brazil etc.
The production of sustainability products in the likes of LEDCs and NICs is very beneficial to the country.
For example, bamboo toothbrushes provide jobs to many of the rural population. Especially within the agricultural industry. Because of this, this particular sector of work will already be familiar with how to grow plants.
Which means the growing and producing of bamboo will be easy for the low skilled workers to grow and at the same time, they can make more of an income to provide for families. With an increased income, these people will be able to help improve the local economy as well as helping the local economy they may be able to pay for an education for their children.
Not only will the production of bamboo toothbrushes help the locals and the economy. The growing of bamboo is also environmentally beneficial.
- Bamboo can be eaten (new shoots), made into fibre for clothes, it can be used in the concrete pillar, it can provide great cattle feed with the foliage being up to 22% protein, it can be shaped into numerous forms of wood, etc.
- Bamboo can also tolerate extreme conditions that most plants cannot. It was the first plant to re-green after the atomic blast disaster in Hiroshima during world war 2.
- The Bamboos consists of 1439 different species in 116 genera. It is one of the 12 subfamilies of the grass family (Poaceae) and the only one to expand in forests. Bamboo is a great plant for individuals concern with a green environment.
- Bamboo is a suitable replacement for wood. It can be harvested in 3-5 years vs 10-20 for most softwoods. It can out yield pine 6 to 1 in biomass generation. It is also one of the most powerful building substances with a tensile strength of 28,000 psi. To help give you an idea of how much this is, mild steel measures 23,000 psi. So stronger than steel.
- It is a great soil protection tool. It greatly reduces erosion with a total of stem flow rate and canopy intercept of 25%. This significantly decreases rain run-off, preventing massive soil erosion and floods, making it very earth-friendly.
- Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet. It has been recorded growing at an amazing 47.6 inches in 24 hours.
- Bamboo is a critical factor in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. A stand of bamboo releases 35% more oxygen than an equal stand of trees. Because of this, planting bamboo is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and help fight global warming.
Here are some of the benefits of becoming a sustainable consumer;
You do your bit.
We all know about climate change and the damage that we are doing to make it worse. Becoming sustainable doesn't go back to being a caveman.
It just means you have to make some more considerations when buying products whether they be an essential or a luxury but you also have this feeling of happiness. Helping the environment and wildlife can really be something to be proud of because it is something that is self motivated.
All you have to do is check if the product is certified as Fairtrade, Animal welfare approved, Certified Humane, Cradle to Cradle, Anything labelled 100% Natural or Organic is more than likely a sustainable product.
Even if you just do it. It still makes a difference. What you do may seem insignificant but it all adds up and can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Trust me just working out your carbon footprint can make you feel like an evil person.
Saves you money.
By choosing to go sustainable it may seem expensive at first.
Here are some prices as an example.
- Bamboo toothbrushes pack of 5 = £7.99
- Konjac Sponges set of 3 = £7.99
- Metal straws or Reusable straws=£7.99
- Bamboo earbuds for 100pc =£1.99
- Bamboo make-up removing facial pads for 6= £5.99
- Charcoal toothpaste= £6.99
- Charcoal dental floss=£3.99
Yes, the price difference between these sustainable products is on average significantly higher than the disposable, high chemical version.
However, if you look at it in a long term perspective. You would see that with sustainable products. You tend not to have to keep repurchasing them throughout the year.
Which overall can save you money and is so much more healthy for yourself and the environment?
Creates a market
When you decide to switch to sustainable products it sets the bar for others.
Other people see the difference you are making and if you are passionate enough about saving the planet then spreading the word to encourage people to make the switch you did can be a game-changer for the green industry.
When demand for sustainable products starts to increase businesses will change and adapt their products so that they are made sustainably which helps us move towards a more eco-friendly conscious race, helping prevent global warming and the dangers that are to come along with it.
Ultimately, buying sustainability products benefits everyone.
From yourself to local economies around the world.
An increase in demand for sustainable products would require more workers in order to grow, harvest and sell the raw materials to make the products.
With this being said rural populations all around the world will have a reliable source of income. This will benefit everyone, on a worldwide scale.
With a demand for low skilled workers to plant the raw materials, it will cause a population decrease in megacities as people will migrate back to rural parts of their countries to get in on the thriving sustainable business.
Furthermore, this will lead to fewer carbon emissions being produced as life in the countryside requires less energy per person, therefore, fewer fossil fuels will be used which will reduce greenhouse gases and slow down the process of climate change.
Because you are reusing the same products over and over again as opposed to constantly buying disposable ones you are producing less waste.
Overall, this means there will be less waste in landfill and less waste to be blown or thrown into the oceans.
This means marine life may still be able to thrive.
The amount of rubbish especially plastic rubbish that gets into marine life bodies is astronomical and the sad things are that it affects the whole of the food chain as the microplastics that are thrown in the ocean get mistaken for plankton by smaller fish which then enters the body of every other living organism in the ocean.
Not only does waste harm marine life but it also increases the pH of the ocean so that it is more acidic. This damages coral reefs which ultimately are the life force of the oceans where lots of small marine organisms live and hatch offspring.
Today 50% of the worlds coral reefs are classified as dead.
To make a change and stop global warming in its track just make a simple and easy change to a better future by just buying more sustainability products. It makes little difference to your pockets and big differences to moving a step towards a more sustainable and happy way of life.
A happy planet equals a healthy and happy body and mind.
Check out our blog called 'Can it help to use environmentally friendly products' to find out more information on how to slow down global warming and what the continuing use of plastic and disposable products is doing to our planet.
Lastly, thank you for reading. If it is possible we ask that you spread the word and go sustainable.