What is Green product, anyway?

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Because natural resources are becoming scarce or abused due to human beings’ negligence, buying “green” has become more popular than ever. People have other reasons for buying green, such as environmentalists, vegans and vegetarians, animal lovers, health reasons, or just opting for a pure and simple life. Furthermore, companies selling green products are increasing and becoming competitive. There is a large market out there for green products, and many people are enjoying their benefits. But, what actually makes a product green?

One way to see if a product is green is to read packages and ingredients carefully to check for purity in the products’ ingredients. Check for logos on the package, such as against animal testing, cruelty-free, eco-friendly, recycled, and USDA certified organic, biodynamic, etc. Also, make sure the product is paraben-free.  When reading the ingredients, make sure the product doesn’t have any chemicals. Such harmful chemicals include phthalates, formaldehyde, synthetic fragrances, synthetic colors, dimethicone, sulfates, and preservatives. There shouldn’t be any petrochemical and petrochemical-derived ingredients, as well. Such ingredients include mineral oil, petrolatum, propylene glycol, and other glycols. Also, make sure the company uses fair-trade business practices.

But, if you are unsure about some of the ingredients and what they mean, check out websites, such as  organicconsumers.org, cosmeticsdatabase.com and cosmeticsinfo.org. They can tell you what some of these ingredients actually mean or actually have. Some of the ingredients might be disguised into something else by a technical-looking name to make it look like it is natural ingredient or to make it look like a chemical.

Remember that “naturally-derived” does not mean natural. The only way to find out if the product is actually natural is to read the ingredients carefully.

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