Cleaning products’ labels can get confusing at times. If the products are described as safe for the environment or free of toxins the confusion is often greater. Is it better to use eco-friendly or maybe stick with green? Is it even the same thing?
Here at My Home Lovely, we are proud to say that we use eco-friendly and cruelty-free products. That is why we are more than happy to share a bit of our knowledge on different labels and cleaning products terminology.
Green vs. Environmentally Friendly
At first, green was used to describe a product or a service that does little or no harm to the environment or people’s health.
The definition is much broader today.
We describe something as green when it’s better for people, animals or the environment. For example, the fashion industry can follow green practices. In other words, green can refer to a whole movement, a set of business practices or a way of living.
On the other hand, environmentally friendly (usually shortened to eco-friendly) is closer to the original meaning of green. It means that a product/service minimizes the harmful effects on both health and the environment.
In conclusion, “green” and “eco-friendly” are a bit different but are often understood as being one and the same. In cleaning business, it is no different, but companies describe their products using different labels.
Terms “green” “eco-friendly”, “natural”, and “non-toxic” are all sustainability and marketing terms, but what do they mean when we talk about cleaning products?
Green Cleaning and Cleaning Products’ Labels
Green cleaning means that you are using cleaning methods that do not affect the health of you and your family members. At the same time, you’re protecting the environment.
The catch is to choose the products that actually are safe and good for the environment.
Various cleaning products are marketed as green and eco-friendly, but also described as non-toxic and natural. All of these are used to reassure us that the products are safe, but companies often engage in what is called “greenwashing”. In other words, they spend more time advertising the products as green, rather than making them so.
Firstly, if a product is “green” or “eco-friendly” it doesn’t mean it’s free of toxins. Maybe it’s green because it’s produced using less water, making it better for the environment. Secondly, there is a difference between non-toxic and natural. “Natural” are those common household items such as vinegar. In other words, people don’t make them, although they may use them in products.
Lastly, there are ethical concerns. Not all green products are cruelty-free. This label is used only for those products that are made and tested without harming animals.
Should I Use These Products Then?
Although the cleaning products terminology can be somewhat tricky, your personal health and the health of your kids and pets are worth the initial confusion. Even though they might be a bit on the costly side you can always hunt them down on weekly offers or discounts in big stores. They clean great, they smell great and they are way safer than the odd product with fluorescent colouring in Pound land. One crucial thing to remember, and you can read more about this on this article from MaidForYou, is that the cleaner the cleaning tools you use, the better the result.
If you need residential Cleaning Services Guildford contact us today and see what difference eco-friendly cleaning makes!