What Does It Mean To Be Environmentally Conscious?

What Does It Mean To Be Environmentally Conscious?

Is being environmentally conscious just a recent fad or a lasting commitment? What does it actually mean to be going green?

 

More often than not, when we hear the words “let’s be environmentally conscious — reduce, reuse and recycle” we will associate it with using reusable metal straws, tumblers and saying no to plastic bags. However, the term “environmentally conscious” actually means a lot more than just reducing disposable waste and the use of plastics. Here’s a short breakdown on what it means to be environmentally friendly:

What is it about?

Simply put, to be eco-friendly is to be friendly to the earth and to stop harming the environment.

It means to:

  1. Reduce energy, water and fuel wastage (one of the biggest contributors in harming the earth)

  2. Reduce usage of disposables

  3. Dispose of electronics responsibly so that toxic chemicals will not be released

  4. Purchase from clean sources have eco labels and certificates (e.g. FSC certified, Rainforest Alliance certified)

Look here for a more detailed explanation on What Is Being Eco-friendly? and 10 Ways To Go Green And Save Green.

Where can it be done?

Anywhere! As long as you have the intent and the passion to do it, it can happen anywhere!

How do I apply it to my life?

There are many ways in which we can apply it to our lives.

You can take note of:

  • the products that you purchase — where did they come from? Are they made from sustainable sources?

  • your interactions with the environment — are you hurting the environment through your lifestyle? Being eco-friendly is much more than just reducing the amount of plastic products that you use.

  • companies that promote sustainability and support them — e.g. The Green Collective SG, Your Sustainable Store, and many others.

This sounds so great, where do I start?

You can start by purchasing products that come from sustainable sources, this means that the raw materials can be replaced again and again.

An easy way to start is to replace products that are man made with products that are made from wood, stone, linen and beeswax. Here’s how it looks like when you are saving the earth.

If you are considering to purchase a piece of sustainably sourced wood furniture:

  • You are reducing the amount of fuel needed to burn the trash and the amount of waste in landfills. Wood is biodegradable and will naturally decompose when continuously exposed to rain and moisture in landfills.

  • You are supporting a sustainable resource and using less of non-sustainable resources. Wood can be replenished more easily than many other materials.

  • You are reducing the need to buy more items which uses up more of the earth’s resources. If you are looking for a brand-new look for your wood table, just repaint it to give it new life. Wood can be easily re-used and sold. Furthermore, wood is very durable and lasts for decades if you maintain it properly, eliminating the need for you to keep replacing worn out tables.

If you want to purchase any wood furniture, make sure it is sustainably sourced, look out for the green logos and certification. Illegal logging happens very frequently and destroys the forests that we are trying to protect, ask the company for their certifications to make sure that their wood is sustainably sourced. The Table Guy believes very strongly in obtaining all our wood from companies who value the earth and its resources. All our suppliers have been awarded environmentally sustainable certifications which tell of the rigorous environmental and social standards required by our company. Some examples are the FSC certification, Green label Singapore, and the Indonesian green Certification. Here is a list of green logos and certifications.

If I am a newbie at being environmentally conscious, what are some of the things I should avoid and take note of?

Oh I’m glad you asked this! There are many brilliant ideas that people have come up with to save the earth, some are less helpful than others and it confuses many people. Coming up in the next blog, the top 4 common misconceptions on being environmentally friendly.

 
Samantha Zhuang