Eco-shopping: Shopping for Benefit of Nature

Going shopping is sometimes equated to therapy by modern psychologists. But how the environmentally conscious people need to act when the soul asks for shopping, and the media constantly accuses corporations for the environmental pollution? Read our tips and learn how to do the really eco-friendly purchase.

Eco Clothing.

Funny, but what is now presented as a world trend, was invented in the 70-th by the advocates of free love: the peace-loving hippies decided first - the true beauty can be only natural. Today it is hard to find a brand that does not have at least one collection with the prefix "eco". Even Hollywood stars often appear on the red carpet in Armani hemp jackets.

На последней церемонии «Оскар» актриса Софи Тернер появилась в эко-платье из шелка

But the main thing in these products is not their popularity but the fact that their production and dyeing needs a minimum of water. Furthermore, unlike polyester and similar materials things, they do not become a source of contamination of nature after it serves its time. Toxic substances such as phthalates, first and polyfluorinated compounds can enter the environment not only in recycling but also in the production of "synthetic", including with sewage. Greenpeace is seriously engaged in the study of this problem for a long time - the details can be found here - http://www.greenpeace.org/russia/ru/campaigns/water-pollution/detox/.

Эти знаки на этикетках говорят о том, что текстиль экологически безопасен

Many brands try to minimize the ecological footprint of manufactured garments, giving up the use of hazardous substances or setting limits of their content. This information is reflected on the labels.

Wool. Its has many varieties, and the main thing is the lack of synthetic fiber fabric. The only disadvantage of such products is that they are quite capricious and require special care and careful wearing, washing and ironing.

Цена на изделия из альпаки – примерно от 12 тысяч рублей. Зато они прослужат долго.

Not long ago, the camel wool was fashionable, but now the products from alpaca wool are much more popular. South American Fur of these cuties is much lighter then, for example, sheep wool, has more than 20 natural colors and does not become dirty. In addition, it is hypoallergenic and almost does not provides moisture. Be careful: if the label says "alpakka", with two k, then you have fake wool from residues of unknown origin.

Ткани из органического хлопка и шелка гораздо безопаснее для природы и человека

Fabrics made from plant fibers. Cotton, linen, bamboo, hemp, nettle and even corn - all this has been known for thousands of years, but has gained a second wind in the era of globalization and fashion for natural materials. Each material has its own advantages. Bamboo, for example, is antibacterial, flax improves blood circulation and perfectly absorbs moisture and fabrics from nettle are anti-static and wear resistant. Note: growing flax consumes much less water and uses less fertilizers and pesticides, compared to cotton. Do not buy things with labels that say "do not require ironing" - to impart such properties of natural fabrics resins containing formaldehyde are used. Also it is necessary to give preference to unbleached cotton - chlorine bleach, a source of dioxins, pollutes the sewage.

«Эко-кожа» далеко не всегда оправдывает свое название

Eco-leather. Often, such materials are made by spraying of polyurethane on cotton basis. But, it is strange to add to this hybrid of nature and synthetic the prefix "eco". Only those types of eco-leather can be called completely natural, which, instead of polyurethane, are coated by the South American tree sap of rubber trees. The undoubted advantage is that rubber tree does not absorb moisture, so that the bag or gloves from that material will never get wet.

Saving and Processing.

The main rule "do not spend too much and environmentally get rid of unnecessary" also applies to the producer and the buyer. Keep this in mind when going shopping!

Packaging. Try to calculate how much money a year you splash on the plastic bags. Then they get into the oceans and pose a threat to all living things, besides, its processing requires huge amounts of water. The right way is to use the eco-bag! The cost of a simple and reliable "eco-bag" from natural materials starts from a hundred rubles, but the benefits can bring a thousand.

Всегда можно подобрать эко-сумку с остроумной надписью под настроение

Old clothes. It would seem you to think of every penny, but the wardrobe is still overloaded by unnecessary things. Fortunately, modern brand manufacturers have taken care of it. The English term "recycle" is just simply translated as "re-cycle". Its essence is simple - to make clothes from the clothes.

В переработку можно отправлять не только бутылки, но и одежду

You can simply bring to the store and put in a special container what you have ceased to please, or is not the right size. The pioneers of mass "recycle" are the group H&M, and later they were joined by such giants as Adidas and Nike.

Подумайте, сколько людей скажет вам спасибо за вещи, которые вам больше не нужны!

There is another way to do a good deed - to give a bag with clothes to a charitable organization. Waste items are processed, there is a part in the re-sale, but 90 percent are given to those who really need it. And if you really want to help - here's a link to the address of the clothing stores and containers reception: http://spasiboshop.org/contacts/.

Home Ware and Cosmetics.

Purity. Eco-friendly products for home are also called the "household non-chemistry". This is an ideal option for housewives, carefully watching not only for the cleanliness of the house, but also for its safety. The choice is huge - you can choose safe for the environment dishwashing means, detergents, washing and cleaning means, dry deodorants and more.

Смесь тертого мыла, воды и соды: эко-средство для чистки чего угодно. Проверено, работает!

For those who believe that the prefix "eco" automatically inflates the price, we note that the cost of natural coconut bar of soap in on-line shops is starting from just 80 rubles. Moreover, such products are completely biodegradable. That means that, once in the drainpipe, it is completely dissolved, without causing any harm to the environment.

Beauty. Any advertising will tell you of the natural cosmetics with oil fruits and berries. But, unfortunately, 99 percent of this list will appear to be chemistry.

Полностью натуральную косметику найти на прилавках нет так-то просто

We will not enter into a debate about what beauty products are healthier and safer - synthetic or natural. However, if you are still on the way of "living" beauty, read a few important tips:

If the cosmetic composition has natural oils, they must be cold pressed (50 degrees). So it retains all the necessary materials.As solvents in biocosmetics can be used only water, plant extracts or extracts of algae. From substances of animal origin bee products - honey or propolis are preferred.No preservatives not do, and do not believe those who argue otherwise. The most reliable natural preservatives are vitamin E, carrot seed oil, jojoba oil and rosemary.And the main thing: before purchasing the desired tube or jar you should visit an allergist. And then, study the composition of the funds you liked, yourself carefully.

Natural Food.

In the developed countries, there's a clean food boom today. The small shops which could not stand the competition with industrial production and trade networks are revived today. Farmers prefer to open shops, where they sell their products fresh and without intermediaries. But most of these countries are situated in the warm latitudes, where growing the products with a minimum chemical fertilizers is not difficult. Is the organic agriculture possible in harsh climate?

Unfortunately, the Russians got firmly rooted in the minds from the Soviet past that "we should not wait for favors from the nature." Legislation and methods of farming in Russia are now imperfect. That means that even in products labeled "eco", "bio" or "organic" not the most useful substances can be found. So fans of healthy and delicious foods should avoid the hypermarkets and the large markets and prefer live communication with the seller-producer.

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