Ever felt baffled and confused by the eco-friendly and environmental terminology you see in advertising and media these days? Simplifying the language may help you to properly understand the benefits of a cleaner, greener and more planet conscious lifestyle. Here is Beyond Bamboo's glossary of Green Terms to help you navigate these green claims and buzz words so you can live your life making the best choices for you, the well-being of others and the health of our planet!
Biodegradable materials or products are those that are able to break down to their basic components when given the right conditions and presence of microorganisms, fungi or bacteria. This is great as it keeps the item out of landfill. Some items are biodegradable/compostable in home composting bins, other require industrial composting silos where very high temperatures are reached. Check if products and packaging are suitable for home composting as you can then do this yourself, without the need for additional transport, and it also indicates that the item will break down relatively quickly. Once degraded/composted the item leaves nothing harmful behind.
Accreditation is an independent, third-party evaluation by an assessment bodyagainst recognised standards. A brand having gained an industry accreditation ensures that due diligence has been done for that particular claim.
Sustainable products and practices are those that do not jeopardise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It has become too broad a term with such little accountability that it can hardly be taken at face value. Brands that are operating “more sustainably” should always explain specifically how they are doing so.
Zero waste is a set of principles focused on waste prevention that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no rubbish to be sent to landfills, incinerators or end up in the ocean.
Our Marketplace offers new, upcycled and preloved products that have been vetted using our bespoke Essential Criteria form in collaboration with Ethical Consumer to ensure their green credentials so that you can shop with confidence. Beyond Bamboo is working towards a truly planet conscious way to shop for your home and lifestyle – helping you to connect with and support independent brands with stories which inspire and influence for good.
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