Each of us in the world leaves a so-called carbon footprint with our lifestyle. That is, the sum of the greenhouse gases emitted by the travel and production of things that each of us consumes during our lives. So some eco products are not so eco, in the light of the carbon footprint during transport from China and packed in various packages. Do you really think ecologically in the store?


It is not above home quality

Local products did not travel half the world and there was no need for a quantum of fuel to transport. By purchasing them, you will also support regional producers and have a larger selection of organic products. From a biological point of view, the human body is adapted to the consumption of fruits and vegetables from the area where it lives for a long time, and from such the body can use the most nutrients. If you are not sure what to believe, you will recognize the proven quality by the EŠV (environmentally friendly product) or Regional Brand label.

Bezobalu on the rise

Have you heard of the non-packaging business? This trend is gradually penetrating us through cautious steps. In these stores, they buy raw materials in large packages and offer them for sale in your own containers and packaging. So you don't have to throw away more and more unpacked bags of food. You can easily pick up loose things in glasses, you can take away the pastries wrapped in a napkin or cloth bag. You will often also find local products in these shops - honey, vegetables, jams or farmers' dairy products. The idea of "unwrapping" is partly taken over by the DM drugstore chain, where you can pack detergents, washing gels and other drugstores into your own containers and you don't have to constantly use new and new plastic packaging, which then ends up in the sea.

Don't throw it away, recycle it!

It is also important when shopping in organic to think about whether you really need a new thing. That is, whether you need someone to make it for you in a costly (and often non-ecological) way, or whether the same second-hand thing or a similar substitute will serve you anyway. Environmentally-minded people buy at bazaars, exchange unnecessary things on swaps for those that suit them, recycle what they would not otherwise use for a new purpose - they sew skirts, animal beds, household accessories from shirts and other clothes. They breathe new life into the things and packaging they use - they make toys for children, household gadgets, practical aids from what they would otherwise throw away. In short, they think about the life cycle of things before they buy or throw them away. If you don't really use something anymore, it's always possible to donate it to the Salvation Army, for example, rather than let it rot in a landfill.

Blank eco promises of big companies

More and more people hear that cosmetics are made using eco-processes, from organic products, environmentally friendly, not tested on animals. And so the promises of producers are swarming, but they are not based on the truth. Unfortunately, ordinary mortals often do not see the production process, so when a cosmetics company claims that a product is eco-friendly, there is no reason to distrust them. It is becoming more and more common that only one ingredient of a cosmetic cream is organic and the rest of the preparation is no longer related to ecology. This is called greenwashing. All you have to do is read the composition carefully, think about the products, and if you want to think really ecologically, rely only on what is local or self-made. An example of greenwashing is an eco-bamboo toothbrush that breaks down easily in nature - a brush made of bamboo in China, imported and often still wrapped in meaningless plastic packaging…

Plastic recycling? But please…

Social networks are flooded with testimonials of how containers with sorted plastics are mixed with ordinary waste and dumped in a landfill. Many people have stopped sorting waste because of such personal experience. So why, if so many people try to sort waste, do so many plastics end up in the sea and landfills? Recycling plastics and turning them into a new thing is really expensive and often impossible for many companies. An effective way to easily remelt is currently in the development phase. Some companies, and even entire states, prefer to buy and rent a place in other states, where they simply export waste. 

Sorted plastic from containers needs sorting lines, which are usually used by human labor for real sorting - given that people trying to sort waste still throw what does not belong in plastics, ie unwashed packaging, greasy packaging, packaging with foil , pressurized spray cans and much more. Did you know that each plastic package has a triangle symbol made of three solid arrows with a numeric code and a letter designation that indicates where the plastic belongs and what can be further made of it? The triangle with numbers 9 and 3 does not belong in the plastic container. 

Trivia for a better environment

So if you want to think and shop really ecologically, start thinking. What do you really need to buy? Can it be bought in your own packaging so that you do not pay unnecessarily for the production and disposal of other packaging? Do you have to buy it new and import it? Or is there a local regional option? Take a look at the unwrapped stores in your area. Or try to offer your own unnecessary things in exchange for the things you are looking for. 

You can also start taking small steps towards a better environment. A good tip is to walk or bike more than by car. Instead of expensive cleaning products, you can remove a lot of dirt in the household with vinegar and baking soda. You can also make a lot of things at home - cosmetics, household accessories. 

And most importantly, think. The icing on the imaginary eco-pyramid was a recent consideration in one social group as to whether washable toilet cloths are more environmentally friendly than toilet paper. In light of the need for relatively frequent washing, which consumes electricity and detergents ending up in the water treatment plant, this is not a very ecological idea…


"It's also important in green shopping to think about whether you really need a new thing."

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