Are You Going Green?

As we become more educated about how to help sustain planet Earth, our habits and even the language we use, evolve. Going “green” is being redefined as we learn about alternatives and possibilities.

The terms “green” or “sustainable” often refer to products, services or practices that allow for economic development while conserving for future generations.  A product is considered green if it has “less of an environmental impact or is less detrimental to human health than the traditional product equivalent.” 1

No product is 100% green, since everything we trash will eventually impact the environment in some way. According to Sustainable Earth, green products are:

  • Energy efficient, durable and often have low maintenance requirements.
  • Free of Ozone depleting chemicals, toxic compounds and don’t produce toxic by-products.
  • Often made of recycled materials or content or from renewable and sustainable sources.
  • Obtained from local manufacturers or resources.
  • Biodegradable or easily reused either in part or as a whole.

We each can contribute to sustainability in small ways. Most of us know about the 3Rs: REDUCE, RECYCLE, REUSE. Practicing the 3Rs means we are going green by decreasing wastefulness, minimizing the accumulation of consumables and sharing with our communities.

Aspects of going green are in lock-step with practicing Active Wellness: walking more and eating organic.2 Typically, informed consumers eat organic to avoid pesticides and other chemicals used in traditional forms of farming. But eating organic is much more than that, because how crops are grown impact the environment on a massive scale. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has implanted the National Organic Program, which indicates whether an agricultural product was produced in such a way that integrates biological, cultural and mechanical processes to conserve biodiversity and foster cycling of natural resources. In general, this means synthetic fertilizer, irradiation or genetic engineering practices will not be used.3

Other ways of going green include using energy saving light bulbs, improving house insulation, installing solar panels, driving hybrid cars, eating less beef, composting and using less plastic. We can purchase from bulk bins, carry water bottles and limit packaging to glass, metal and paper, as these materials can be more easily recycled, reused or biodegraded.4 And, we can pay attention to ingredient lists, so we commit to buying products that are more naturally sourced.

Businesses can lead the way and change consumer behavior by producing more green products and helping to educate the masses. Nikken Consultants can spread the word about our company’s commitment to going green. The PiMag® Sport Bottle and PiMag Waterfall®  are eco-friendly and many Kenzen® nutritional products are certified organic. In addition, True Elements® Marine Organic skincare products are certified by EcoCert.

 

1,3 http://www.isustainableearth.com/green-products/what-is-a-green-product

2 https://ssir.org/articles/entry/cultivating_the_green_consumer#

4 https://www.treehugger.com/green-home/how-identify-truly-green-products.html

Why Ecocert is a Big Deal

When something is certified by Ecocert, it means the product has met the strict standards set for its specific category. Ecocert is an inspection and certification body established in France in 1991 by agronomists aware of the need to develop environmentally friendly agriculture and the importance of recognizing those committed to sustainable development in production.

Product categories open for certification include natural and organic cosmetics, natural and organic home perfumes, natural cleaning products, fair trade, ecological outdoor areas, organic textiles, eco-sustainable golf course, reforestation and solidarity, organic and ecological spa, ecological and recycled textiles, climate commitment and biodiversity commitment.

Now an international network dedicated to helping people and their environment, Ecocert is affiliated in 26 countries:

  • Europe: France, Germany, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey
  • Africa: Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Morocco, South Africa and Tunisia
  • Asia: China, India, Japan, Singapore and South Korea
  • Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, United States

Still very involved in promoting organic farming, Ecocert today works with French and international institutions in supporting project development. By winning the confidence of professionals and consumers, Ecocert has become a benchmark in organic certification worldwide.

In the EU, Ecocert is accredited by the Cofrac (French Accreditation Committee). In the USA, Ecocert is accredited by the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) for the National Organic Program (NOP) and in Japan, Ecocert is accredited by the MAFF (Agricultural Department) for the Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS)

Companies voluntarily request Ecocert certification to prove:

  • control and traceability throughout the supply chain.
  • commitment to environmental protection.
  • integrity of raw materials and ingredients.
  • high standards within the specific industry, e.g., food and/or cosmetics.

True Elements® Marine Organic Skin Care is certified by Ecocert, a distinction that very few products — even those labeled as “organic” — can claim. A complete line of products that support the Active Wellness lifestyle, True Elements® skin care products are derived from various seaweeds and abundant in natural minerals that are well absorbed by skin. The entire line is formulated with a combination of ingredients that works synergistically to offer remarkable benefits. True Elements® is synonymous with skin care that is safe to use and made with organic ingredients from sustainable sources.