The problem of climate change is worsening as day goes by and scientists are still trying hard to find immediate solutions. But until then, we should all do our share even in the most little things to, at least, slow down global warming. Some of the things we can do are, among others, joining a car pool when bringing your own car is unnecessary, minimizing electricity usage, recycling and segregating waste materials, and, patronizing eco-friendly products.
Nowadays, small businesses are joining the green revolution, not only by implementing reforms in their offices, but also, by making their products eco-friendly. More and more companies are joining the campaign as people are becoming aware of the problem of global warming and climate change.
Plastics are one of the most common things we use on a daily basis. From packaging of products, office supplies, to carrying the things bought in a grocery. Most of the time, these plastics are used only once, since they are intended for a specific purpose, and it becomes a pollutant due to the long degradation process it goes through. Nowadays, there are plastics that are oxo-biodegradable, which means, the degradation process is catalysed to a much faster pace than before. Companies are now trying to shift to this kind of plastic to show that they care for the environment.One of the pioneers in this reform is the multinational baking Grupo Bimbo SAB de CV from Mexico City.
Paper is another thing we commonly see everywhere. Manufacturing of paper products is costly to the environment since it would entail cutting down trees. To minimize this, paper products like boxes, paper bags, writing pads, etc., are now made from recycled materials by companies like Promocean Australia. In this way, less and less trees will be needed for manufacturing paper products.
Much of the man-made things around us are made up of non-biodegradable materials especially in the ever growing industry of consumer electronics. Moreover, these equipment and gadgets have their life expectancy and are of the wear and tear nature. Continuous production of such equipment will mean continuous non-biodegradable waste. To minimize this, companies are now salvaging and recycling everything they can from worn out electronics.
More and more small businesses are making use of organic and natural materials in their products. This includes a wide variety of products from multi-purpose bags and baskets made from water lily stalks, bamboos and abaca, organic cleaning solutions, to as any product you can think of. In the Philippines, these products are usually manufactured by cottage industries and livelihood programs of communities that have direct access to the raw materials. It will be like shooting for a star to make everything eco-friendly but the important thing is that more and more businesses are joining the green revolution by making their products eco-friendly.
There are also those who put carbon footprint information on their food product labels. This informs the consumer on how much carbon dioxide (CO2) was emitted by the product from the time it was planted to the time is will be disposed. British Sugar, Cemex cement, Marshall pavings and Quaker Oats, to name a few. Those who choose to care for the environment will choose products that have lower carbon footprint. The effect will be that there will be lesser demand for products with higher carbon footprints and the less will be produced which equates to lower carbon emissions.
These are just some of the things small businesses are doing to make their products eco-friendly and there are much more out there. The important thing is that more people are becoming aware of the need to do our share in caring for the environment.