What makes a product ‘green’ or eco-friendly? We applaud cradle-to-cradle design, but sadly, still very few products are manufactured to high ecological standards. Our focus at Ergohacks are helping consumers choose affordable ecologically sound products that minimise their impact on the world around them. We award the Eco logo to products that have one or more of the qualities listed below.
1. Durable and low-maintenance
The longer something lasts, the less materials are used in manufacturing long-term and the less there is to get rid off long-term once we stop using something. Durability and low-maintenance gets a green point, even if the product wasn’t manufactured in an eco-friendly way or made from eco-friendly materials. We also give credit to products, like Sugru and Nikwax which prolong the life-span of products we own and can continue to use.
2. Reducing waste
Reducing material use, for example, helps us use less paper, water or electricity. If a product has reuse, repurpose, recycle potential, or was made out of recycled/reused materials, it’s taken one step towards being greener. Compostable products are excellent and companies that make the effort to help their customers reduce waste, like Riverford to collect their shipping materials for reuse, get an Eco logo.
3. Sustainable sourcing
We applaud environmentally responsible sourcing of raw material. Products that source their material from sustainable sources, particularly rapidly renewable materials like wool and bamboo, get’s an eco-label.
4. Energy and water conservation
Products that help consumers to increase insulation, energy and water conserving equipment and renewable energy use receive an eco-label.