Being “Eco-friendly”or “environmentally friendly” simply means having a lifestyle that is better for the environment. Sustainability sets the focus on the future. It means the item or action is generating environmental, social and economic benefits, while not using up too many resources or causing pollution.
Sustainability includes eco-friendly activities and green products, but green doesn’t necessarily mean sustainable. If it required a lot of energy to manufacture and if there isn’t a proper way to dispose of the product, then it’s not considered sustainable.
At Earthwise, we make a difference by recycling, reusing, and repurposing 90% of everything we haul. Our trucks run on clean burning, sustainable Natural Gas; We use pre-owned or manufacturer test model trucks; We use paperless systems for our scheduling and invoicing; Our uniform shirts and hats are made from recycled water bottles; We have a no landfill guarantee. We will never take your junk to a landfill! We also have our own non-profit second-hand store where usable goods are sold back to the community at a discount, in all, making us a company that is not only environmentally friendly, but also sustainable.
“Environmentally friendly, environment-friendly, eco-friendly, nature-friendly, and green are marketing claims referring to goods and services, laws, guidelines and policies that inflict reduced, minimal, or no harm at all, upon ecosystems or the environment.” A survey by the Natural Marketing Institute reported that 58 percent of U.S. consumers consider a company’s impact on the environment when making purchase decisions and are more likely to do business with those that follow sustainable practices.
Besides consumer-consciousness, there are many steps you can take in you day to day life, a good way would be to start with conserving water, driving less and walking more, consuming less energy, buying recycled products, eating locally grown vegetables, joining environmental groups to combat air pollution, creating less waste, planting more trees and many more!