According to Cambridge dictionary, the term eco friendly means “designed to have little or no damaging effect on the environment”.
Over the last few years, being environmentally friendly has become a growing movement. Concerns have been raised around meat consumption, waste, plastic use, energy, pollution and a long etcetera. Is it a positive thing? Yes. But...is it a real movement or is it just a trend?
At Be ALAM, we think it’s important to differentiate the terms “eco friendly” or “green” and “sustainability”.
The term eco friendly (or green) refers to products designed to reduce the environmental impact that other products used for the same purpose cause. On the other hand, sustainability is a much broader terms that entails not only environmental, but also social and economic responsibility and takes being “green” to a whole new level.
The Webster dictionary defines sustainability as “of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.”
How is the lifestyle between eco friendly and sustainable different? Straws are a good example; both a green and a sustainable person will try to avoid plastic straws at any cost but, will you trade plastic for a paper straw or would you instead have your bamboo straw ready to reuse?
That’s what makes the difference. So, is being eco friendly (or green) a trend? Probably yes (a positive one though!). Sustainability, on the other hand, is a mindset.
Jumping onto the sustainability train is a bit more complicated and requires thinking ahead and being prepared, but don’t worry, we’ve got you. You can find articles on the zero waste movement, tips on how to travel sustainably and plenty of other suggestions in our blog.