We all keep harping about being environment-friendly and saving the planet without actually knowing its details. Lest you too believe that saving the environment is just about switching off lights and saving water, and environment-friendly decor is cane blinds on the windows, here’s the A to Z of being actually eco-friendly.
"A product is eco-friendly when its production has been done in an ecological way. The production/transport should be using as less input as possible such as: water, electricity, etc," says Neelam Chhiber, managing director, Mother Earth.
Also, to be entirely eco-friendly, the product should not be painted or treated with harmful chemicals. "The life of an eco-friendly product is always longer. Indeed, if you are keeping your sofa for 25 years, no resources will be needed to create another sofa. Even if the first buyer wants to change its sofa, if the sofa is a good quality one, it will have a second life, so no waste. Besides, eco-friendly products are bio-degradable while plastic materials lie around for years harming our environment," says Angeline Loiseau of Zolijns Designs.
Naturally produced products such as: wood, cane, bamboo, banana bath, river grass, ceramic and glass are a good substitutes for plastic and petroleum based items.
“Among wood, too, sheesham, mango and acacia are faster growing over rosewood and teak (except for forested teak) that take over 40 to 50 years to grow back. Former come cheap and there is no difference in the performance,” says Chhiber.
Hand-made products add to the eco-friendly aspect of an item. “Even though one needs to pay a premium for it over machine made, it brings in exclusivity along with durability. One must also look at the processes involved. Opt for natural oiled finishes and wax polishes that were used in the olden days above synthetic lacquer and melamine coating,” concludes Chhiber.