Using chemical-laden products can be very harmful to the environment, your health, and the health of your loved ones, especially your kids and pets who have less immunity and are more sensitive than we adults. Unfortunately, these nasty chemicals mixed with dust particles have more chances to affect kids and pets, as they are always closer to the ground. We have learnt that green cleaning products are always better than these conventional cleaning products, but how can you make sure that they are really green?
Let’s discuss how to choose your green cleaning products to make sure they’re as chemical-free as the brands claim.
Here are a few tips that you can use while choosing your green cleaning product:
Avoid Chemicals – While using a green cleaning product, you can avoid chlorine, bleach, phosphates, artificial fragrance, artificial colours etc which are used in the conventional cleaning products.
Be thoughtful about packaging:
It’s not only important to think about the contents of your cleaning product – but also think about the type of packaging or bottles. Buy recycled or recyclable packaging.
Consider the ingredient:
You need to make sure that the ingredients mentioned on product labels are actually good for you and the environment. We have so much access to information via the internet, so use it!, It’s so much easier now to learn about any chemical or any material using the internet. So if you have any doubts about any of the ingredients, just check it out and see if that has any side effects or can cause environmental harm. If so, don’t go for it and if possible inform the brand about the same. You can easily get their contact information on the same label.
Use GECA – Certified Products:
To tell if the product is really green there are different certification programs like GECA (Good Environmental Choice Australia) and Ecospecifier Global, where you can easily find a list of certified green products. These agencies have already done their homework and certified those products which have a good impact on the environment. All you need to do is look for the seal!
It is not always the case that all so-called green products are completely chemical-free. Sometimes, they use recycled packaging or donate some of their profit to the environmental cause or have saved energy while manufacturing, and call their product “green”. But with a little research and awareness, you can green up your cleaning system to create a healthier and safer environment for yourself and your loved ones.