How conscious are you about what’s in your daily products? Or, if you’re an entrepreneur, do you think about your business’s quality and environmental aspects? In good news, beauty products, food, and cleaning solutions are finding their way to be au naturel. In recent years, people are becoming more aware of preservatives and other questionable compounds in their products. People are especially concerned about the quality of products that they consume or absorb. Arguably, food is the #1 concern.
However, consumers also carefully look at their bath and beauty products, household necessities, and anything else that they have close interactions with. But the change towards all-natural products is more than just stuff that goes in or on you. Entrepreneurs are looking for ways to make their businesses more eco and human-friendly. This also includes packaging and replacing harmful products like plastic.
The Rise of Plastic and Preservatives
In the 1950s, America’s population was booming, and we needed something that could keep up with the growing population and demand. So, the FDA started taking shortcuts with their food, plastic became more widely used, and the quality of products seemed to start declining. They just don’t make ’em like they used to: back then, things were built to last. But then, fast fashion and fast retail became more mainstream. Nowadays, it’s impossible to keep up with the demands of 328 million people without cutting corners. There just simply isn’t enough time to cultivate a certain food or product, or resources may be scarce. So, cheap and easy vs. expensive quality items were born.
At first, we just saw how easy it was to easily dispose of single-use items, or those on a budget go for plastic products. For a few decades, life was grand. Nobody thought about how the trash from the family picnic would last a lifetime. Then, landfills started spilling over into our oceans, therefore washing trash up on coastlines near and far. At that point, we became concerned about the environment and what was in our stuff as well.
The Rise of All-Natural Products
Now, we fight a long war against plastic and against those who fill their products with toxins. These will pollute our bodies and our water. Along with overfishing, microplastics and unnatural chemicals are some of the reasons why marine life is deteriorating at a rapid rate. So, beware of large corporations, especially if they don’t make their business practices clear. As more consumers shift to all-natural products, they are also making lifestyle changes, such as ditching single-use plastic bottles and more.
The trend started with cutting out plastic straws (#SaveTheTurtles). Anyways, then it evolved into plastic bag bans. Now, many retailers are offering post-recycled products or other plastic alternatives. For example, a market in (place) is using banana leaves to bundle up produce. And, other grocers are encouraging bringing in your own containers and bags. Hopefully, the trend will grow, and we can get rid of plastic film bags.
But, what about what’s in our stuff? Well, folks started looking into what was in their food and whatnot. Then, they avoided the complicated chemical ingredients list and campaigned for better alternatives. At first, companies just switched their labels to read “all-natural” to fool the public. For a while, it worked. But then, social media encouraged people to look deeper. Now, we sift through our selections of soaps and smoothies, eagerly looking for a contents list that we can understand. Most aware shoppers then tell their friends and family how to make the change for the better. The most reliable and popular option is to go through a company with an all organic and plastic-free inventory. Yay for companies like Nifty Nerdy Company for being there for us!
Start Your Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Today!
Much of the items you use daily can be sustainable! Follow sustainable living on Instagram for tips on eco-friendly swaps. Start with one habit at a time, so it doesn’t feel overwhelming. If you’re an entrepreneur, then consider this your sign to convert your business to all-natural packaging and ingredients. The younger generations, millennials and Gen Z, are becoming increasingly eco-conscious. Appeal to them by using better packaging, such as cardboard, hemp paper, or beeswax wrap. There is also Earth-friendly packing tape, bamboo instead of trees that take years to grow back, and so much more. And don’t forget to ditch the preservatives! Just make smaller amounts instead or use natural preservatives, like salt. The all-natural products possibilities are endless! We encourage you to start your eco-friendly, healthy, sustainable green business journey today.
What are your favorite eco-friendly swaps and all-natural products? Let us know in the comments below!
This article was originally published on GREY Journal.