Currently, about one-third of consumers prefer to purchase sustainable home and office items, but how can you tell if your product is sustainable?
Look For the Sustainable Labels And Indicators
If your packaged product is sustainable it will have an indicator on the label to highlight its energy efficiency, air quality rating, biodegradability, recyclability, and more. Some of the most popular include:
- Energy Star Rating
- Fair Trade
- Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
- Low or no VOC
- Made from recycled materials
Consider The Quality
Next up, consider the quality of the craftsmanship of your purchase. Unless it’s something that is biodegradable your product should be designed to last. It should last through your intended use and long enough for you to sell, donate, or upcycle. For example, the difference between a solid wood dresser and composite.
What Is It Made From?
Even if a product is designed to last there may be a greener alternative, a product made from less toxic, recycled, recyclable, or all-natural products. Sometimes will pay a bit more, but you will get more life out of a quality product.
Not every purchase needs to be sustainable but any move in the right direction is progress.