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Will Demand For Eco Friendly Products And Pressure To Live Sustainably Continue To Rise During The Recession, Or Will The Economic Collapse Put An End To Environmentalism As We Know It?
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last decade or so, then you have likely heard at least a little about eco friendly products and the eco movement by now...maybe even from a politician!
Hi, my name is Chris. In many cases I have found myself to be more conservative in my views on the major issues of the last couple of decades, although concern for the environment and our health has NOT been a high priority of Conservative politics. I have come to sincerely regret that the environment and it's well-being have become such hot political issues lately, as I believe there should be such overwhelming worldwide agreement about what seems to be such a fundamental and basic reality.
After lifting my head out of the sand and listening to my increased awareness of how most of us become completely oblivious of our undeniable connectedness to the earth, everyone and everything on it, I thought it would be a good idea to conduct some of the tedious research on the increasing importance of living our lives in a more sustainable eco conscious way, so you won't have to do so much digging for the information and answers you are seeking.
After I acquire the knowledge and understanding of each eco related topic, product, concept or solution from several sources, this site will allow me to Assemble, Simplify and Display that information so that you will have convenient and quick access to it all in one central location.
I believe that it will be very fulfilling to be able to offer my thoughts and commentary on each topic that I research. My wish is that these thoughts, over the months and years to come, will add to the overall environmental conversation and assist humanity with the constant STRUGGLE that we seem to have when it comes to finding balance and congruency between ECONOMICS and SUSTAINABLE LIVING practices within modern society.
Now, I certainly won't have ALL of the answers, so I have made it possible for visitors like you to publish pages of your own or simply post comments to existing pages.
I hope the pages that I publish and the pages and comments that visitors publish, are Informative, Entertaining, Insightful and Saves You the Time and trouble of having to search for all of the relevant information on eco products, environmental awareness, or the newest eco friendly controversies by yourself.
There are many reasons and root causes for the social and political disagreements about our impact on the environment and I may touch upon these topics from time-to-time on the site. Maybe I'll set aside a page for Eco Thoughts, Politics & Philosophy 101, where you and I can address some of the causes for disagreement and solutions for going forward.
I intuitively knew as a child what has taken me more than 30 years to realize once again. The lost decades must be due to the incessant conditioning by government, media, and advertisers that have lead me down the road into that non-stop consumerism mentality - no matter what the consequences...
Sleep, eat, work, SHOP, and discard! - Sleep, eat, work, SHOP and discard! - Sleep, eat, work, SHOP and discard! ....and on and on and on.
Allowing ourselves to fall into or be manipulated into this never-ending consumerist mindset, perpetual consumption cycle and behavior pattern becomes the fuel that powers the wasteful and careless industrial machine that is directly leading to the continued exploitation of the Earth and our environment.
Yes, yes, I know...
Those of us in developed western society, which includes less than 10% of the world population, have been able to operate like this for five or six decades with, what seems to be, very little NEGATIVE impact on our lives and many POSITIVE impacts, such as standard of living, etc...
However, we have probably taken our standard of living too far, at our own peril, and now that one hundred other countries are actively seeking the economic growth that we have enjoyed, as a result of our high waste consumer-driven lives, a new sustainable collective approach appears to be absolutely essential.
The Earth's ecology will not likely be able to sustain a worldwide industrialized "Sleep, eat, work, SHOP, and discard" consumption-based way of life for five billion people. I think you might agree that there is evidence that our Planet is having enough of a challenge coping with the affects of only one billion people participating in this way of life.
Yes, I know and understand that I am going forward with the development of this site at the risk of being labeled an Environmentalist-Wacko by the same folks that have stood in line with me on Primary Election Day for many years. But, this is okay...I sure wish eco friendliness was not so political. Maybe together we can make this possible...
Hopefully, some of what I discover and publish here, as well as what you contribute, initiates some good eco conscious decisions of my own, as well as yourself and others abroad, no matter whether we consider ourselves to be Conservatives, Liberals, Oligarchs, Independents, Communists, Libertarians, Tea-Party supporters or any others I missed!
A Definitive Web Guide To Eco Friendly Products, The Eco Movement and Community Interaction
So, you have heard of the movement. But you probably have questions. Your first one might be...
"What the heck does "eco" mean, anyway?"
Well, to start with, the word eco comes from the Latin oeco, which means household. One way to think about it is that the earth is our home and eco reminds us to take care of our home as best we can.
Of course, Eco is also thought to be a shortened version of the words ecologically or ecosystem.
Eco friendly living refers to making choices and living our lives in ways that take care of the environment and recognize that resources are not ours to waste. Organic eco friendly products are ones that involve no synthetic chemicals or processes. And, in the case of food, are strictly of animal or vegetable origin with no use of drugs, hormones, chemicals or genetic engineering.
Eco friendly products are all the rage these days, for good reason. The world is facing an energy crisis, as we re-balance our dependency on oil with new, long-term sustainable forms of energy and wise consumption practices. As consumers, we contribute to this necessary change by educating ourselves about eco products that minimize energy use and are easy on the earth in their production, transport and disposal.
Eco Friendly Product Disposal
Throwing Them Out...Toughtfully!
Check with your local waste disposal company before simply throwing old bottles into the garbage. You can also check with your city household hazardous waste (HHW) collection center. Most HHW sites will take in any cleaners labeled as toxic, poisonous, corrosive, flammable, combustible or irritating.
They'll also usually take products with "Poison," "Danger," "Warning" or "Caution" labels which will include most of your typical cleaners that contain bleach or similar ingredients. Some HHW centers will have days scheduled throughout the year for pick up at your home.
You should never simply dump the cleaning liquid down the drain or toilet as most of the runoff will end up in local water, which can cause damage. If you choose to keep using the products until they empty, you can recycle the bottles when you are empty.
You can also make your own cleaning products with a few basic ingredients such as lemon, distilled vinegar, baking soda and liquid soap. Find some great tips and recipes at GreenLiving.Suite101.com and www.care2.com
Shopping for Eco Friendly Products
Many people think that eco friendly products are expensive, mostly hype, and also unreliable, since they are new products on the market.
Happily, in most cases these folks are wrong.
Eco-friendly product alternatives to the mainstream products are available nearly everywhere, many are cost competitive, and some (certainly not all!) are of excellent quality.
Which are the best eco friendly products?
There's not an easy answer to that question—with so many choices out there, it really depends on your priorities and preferences.
Yes, many new eco friendly products are coming out. So many, that it can be hard to define what an eco friendly product is actually like. There are cheap eco friendly products and expensive ones; items that are eco friendly because they are highly durable and last a long time as well as ones that are disposable but can be recycled or composted; eco friendly products that scream “green!” from across the parking lot and ones that look indistinguishable from conventional products.
There are a wide variety of eco friendly stores that sell eco products, including specialty stores that sell nothing else but earth friendly items. A good example of the range of eco friendly products can be found on the eco friendly stores page.
To find green stores with the products you are looking for, skip the yellow pages and go straight to the eco stores directory.
How To Select Eco Friendly Products
When you buy eco friendly products, you'll want to keep an eye out for more than just a "green" label. Look for the following claims on the product packaging:
Buying eco friendly products has never been easier. With so many choices and so many limits on the planet's resources, it's the perfect time to make the switch. Because this community is continuing to grow larger and larger, we can now provide you with the discounts you are looking for, at the best eco stores available. Take a look inside, you'll be glad you did!
- Energy Efficient
- Sustainably Sourced
- Recycled Packaging
- Extended Life
- Fair Trade
- Energy Star Compliant
- LEED Certified
Eco Products, Eco Friendly Citizen Community Postings, Green Concepts, Green Politics & Site Updates:
Declare Your Eco Friendly Ideas, Decisions and Future Intentions
Here is your chance to share with the World your decision to go GREEN and publicly declare your eco friendly thoughts, ideas, photos, videos and your future intentions!
Eco Friendly Or Unfriendly Moment Of Truth Confession Submissions
A powerful outlet for all of us to express what goes through our minds during that moment of truth as we are deciding to make an eco friendly or eco unfriendly choice, either during a product
United Nations of Eco Friendly Citizens & Delegates Report From Around The World
Environmental reporters, bloggers and eco citizens or delegates from various locations around the globe, publish eco news and issues that impact their local activists, politics, ecology and environment.
Australian Forum of Eco Friendly Green Citizens & Delegates
Green bloggers and eco friendly citizens of Australia unite and help drive regional debate and environmental activism.
Canadian Forum of Eco Friendly Green Citizens & Delegates
Green bloggers and eco friendly citizens of Canada unite and help drive regional political debate and environmental activism.
Chinese Forum of Eco Friendly Green Citizens & Delegates
Green bloggers and eco friendly citizens of China unite and help drive regional debate and environmental activism.
Indian Forum of Eco Friendly Green Citizens & Delegates
Green bloggers and eco friendly citizens of India unite and help drive regional debate and environmental activism.
Russian Forum of Eco Friendly Green Citizens & Delegates
Green bloggers and eco friendly citizens of Russia unite and help drive regional political debate and environmental activism.
United Kingdom Forum of Eco Friendly Green Citizens & Delegates
Green bloggers and eco friendly citizens of the UK unite and help drive regional debate and environmental activism.
American Forum of Eco Friendly Green US Citizens & Delegates
YGreen bloggers and eco friendly citizens of America unite and help drive regional political debate and US environmental activism.
Eco Friendly Crafts | Ideas On Green Crafting, For You And The Kids
Let's look at some eco friendly crafts and project ideas that combine creativity and wise reuse of materials, green holiday crafts and bringing families with kids together in environmental awareness.
Eco Design | Understanding The Sustainable Use Of Friendly Materials
Eco design is a way of designing products with special consideration for the eco friendliness and environmental impact of a product during its entire lifecycle, including sourcing, manufacturing ...
Eco Friendly Energy | Better Ways To Power Our Future
Eco friendly energy is a broad subject that encompasses a range of renewable energy sources which includes sunlight, wind, rain and geothermal heat. Eco energy audits are available for homeowners
Eco Friendly Fashion | Sustainable Fabrics For Your Wardrobe
In the world of eco conscious choices, you probably think of issues such as recycling and transportation. Yet like most things today, fashion does not exist in a vacuum. Enter, Eco Friendly Fashion
Eco Friendly Garden | A Green Approach To Tools, Pests and Weed Control
Your eco friendly garden or organic garden is the practice of gardening without the use of any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides in your garden. Instead, you can harness the power of
Eco Friendly Homes | Buying, Renting or Building Green Houses
When you think of eco friendly homes, what is the first thing that comes to mind? A mud hut with Solar panels? When people consider what it means to live in an eco friendly house, their mind
Eco Friendly Living | The Earth Conscious Lifestyle
Eco friendly living sheds light on our impact to the environment, whether we think about it or not. From the sheets we sleep in, to the shower we take, the lights we turn on and the meals we eat.
Eco Friendly Packaging | Materials & Sources For Earth Conscious Packing
Eco packaging design with green materials that are more friendly to the environment are becoming essential. Lets take a look at our packing options & sources for food, electronics, CD's or DVD's, etc.
Eco Friendly Wedding Planning | Invitations, Dresses, Favors, Flowers, Etc.
Preparing for your BIG DAY takes some work and adding more tasks and decisions for having an eco friendly wedding is not comforting. For that reason, many brides like you are hesitant to go green
Eco Friendly Bags | Made From Natural & Reuseable Materials
The days of boxy hemp bags without style or fashion sensibility are gone. Today, you can find the perfect eco friendly bags for any occasion that are made from recycled or reuseable materials.
Eco Friendly Bamboo, Bamboo Products, Caring for Bamboo Plants & Lucky Bamboo
Whether you're searching for bamboo products, like furniture, flooring, blinds, crafts, lucky plant care or even discussion on Earth's most renewable resources, we are your bamboo connection!
Eco Friendly Light Bulbs | Light Your Life The Earth Consious Way
Choosing eco friendly light bulbs that are much more energy efficient than the old-style incandescent light bulbs you're used to could be your first step toward an eco aware lifestyle.
Eco Friendly Cards | For Business, Greetings, Christmas, Thank You and Holidays!
Now there are eco friendly cards too! Whether we're handing out eco business cards to a client, writing a nice note in an eco friendly Christmas card, greeting card or sending out eco save-the-date cards
Eco Friendly Cars | Green Fuel Efficient Vehicles | Hybrid, Electric, Biodiesel
Eco cars can be fuel efficient or made with sustainable materials and shipping processes. Or people can use cars in a way that will make their vehicle as efficient as truly eco friendly cars.
Eco Friendly Cleaning Products | Green Cleaner Review & Buying Guide
It may seem that finding eco friendly cleaning products for every job will be expensive and time-consuming, but not with our ultimate guide to eco green cleaning supplies!
Eco Friendly Clothing | Discover Green Wardrobe Possibilities
Do you need eco friendly clothing? The process of producing clothing affects animals, people and the planet as well as each and every family who lives downstream from a farm where the crops used to grow the materials.
Eco Friendly Diapers | Going Green With Poop Disposal?
Can the use of eco friendly diapers make a difference environmentaly? The average baby uses approximately 6,000 diapers between birth and age two. Which is about 60 diapers a week. Chlorine, petrol
Eco Friendly Fabric | Going Green With Furniture & Upolstery
Choosing furniture made with eco friendly fabric and characteristics has traditionally been one of the challenging green choices to make, but with this eco-friendly upholstered furniture buying guide.
Eco Friendly Flooring Materials | Cork, Bamboo Hardwood, Linoleum, Glass, Etc...
Whether you are a carpet lover or you prefer something a little more solid under your feet, there are eco friendly flooring for you. An eco friendly floor may be cork, bamboo, sisal, jute, sea-grass
Eco Friendly Furniture | Materials Review & Eco Store Shopping Directory
Popularity of eco friendly products is growing in leaps and bounds these days and the eco friendly furniture is one of the highly sought after items. Cork, bamboo and recycled materials are being used
Eco Friendly Gifts | Going Green With Your Gift Giving
Whether you need eco friendly gifts for children and babies for christmas and birthdays or promotional corporate eco gifts, I have collected the resources to assist your search.
Eco Friendly Heaters | Eco Convection Whole Room Heaters, Eco Water Heaters, Etc
A review on the types of eco friendly heaters. We take a look at whole room eco friendly convection space heaters, eco water heaters, solar heaters and the companies that offer these products.
Eco Friendly Jewelry | Green and Recycled Materials or Even Make Your Own
Ten years ago, if you asked a jewelry store owner if he had any eco friendly rings, your question would have been met with a blank stare. Today, the call for eco friendly jewelry is almost mainstream.
Eco Friendly Mattress | Latex, Cotton or Wool?
When it comes to figuring out what makes an organic and eco friendly mattress better for you than a conventional mattress, you may get stuck just trying to wade through the mountain of information.
Eco Friendly Paint | Green Eco Painting For Earth & Health Conscious Consumers
Eco friendly paint and eco paint stripper aren't just important for the environment. They can have a big impact on your health! The 2002 study by the National Cancer Institute found that people
Eco Friendly Shoes | Going Green With Your Footwear
The time has come for fashionable eco friendly shoes. Whether you are running, climbing or walking, you know that shoes really do make the outfit. Today you are much more aware of each purchase
Eco Stores | The Earth Friendly Store Directory
While going green is all-the-rage, it can still be a bit of a challenge finding the eco friendly green products you're looking for. Here is a comprehensive list of the earth friendly eco stores available today.
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