While I’m reading through some “green” articles lately, I’ve come upon some new words or terms. In this post, I’m attempting to add clarity by defining trending green words and terms.
This page will be a living document, meaning that as I come across new or trending green words or terms, I will add them here.
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Biodegradable and compostable are some of the popular trending green words. Although similar and often used interchangeably they do mean different things. However, these two words don’t exactly mean the same thing. Biodegradable is the natural breakdown of organic matter by microorganisms. See “compostable” further down this list.
The total amount of greenhouse gases emitted by an individual, organization or community in a specified period of time. Your carbon footprint is calculated by adding up the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Activities like driving, flying and running a home heating system all contribute to your total emissions. Knowing your personal carbon footprint can be a good way to understand your impact on climate change and the environment. There are online calculators that can help you determine your individual footprint.
One of the trading green words that prompted me to write this post is Circular Economy. What does it mean? This Circular Economy concept is new to me. A circular business model is one whose goal is to reduce waste and pollution. It’s a business model that employs the “reduce, reuse, recycle” concept.
We covered biodegradable a few words up. Compostable is human-led biodegradation.
I’m linking to an interesting article by Citzensustainable that covers compostable vs biodegradable very thoroughly. You might find it interesting.
The term Greenwashing is a popular one lately. Greenwashing is a deceptive marketing scheme used to push products that seem to be green or eco-friendly but are not. Buyer beware!
Fair Trade is another one of the trending green words that hot topic at the moment. Fair trade is a movement that aims at improving social and environmental standards while obtaining fair prices for producers in developing countries. Look for fair trade-marks on chocolate bars, coffee and even bananas.
The word organic is overused. It can mean so many things. As someone who comes from a science background, I always thought of the word “organic” as something that could decay, as in “organic matter”.
Organic also refers to farming practices. In this case, they refer to a standard of farming that doesn’t utilize pesticides and other harmful chemicals. You’ll see vegetables, fruit, wine and even clothing labelled as “organic” therefore referencing the farming practice.
The word organic is attributed to so many other non-green terms as well, such as organic traffic (google analytics), organic shapes (art), or even referring to organs.
I put Restoration as a word in on this page because it’s something I actually studied, Ecosystem restoration. The word restoration can refer to restoring furniture, which would essentially bring a piece back to its former glory.
When you think in terms of ecosystem restoration, the pure form of the meaning would be to restore it to its initial state. The less pure sense of Ecosystem Restoration would be to bring it back to a stable, eco-balanced state, to conserve it or even to protect it from further damage.
Energy is derived from sources that are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as wind, solar and water power.
Taking action now to support the environment while still meeting the current needs of society. Sustainable development takes into account the environmental, economic and human aspects to create a healthy balance between them. This is done by making decisions that prioritize conservation rather than depletion. Sustainable development ensures that decisions taken today will not compromise the natural resources or social well-being of future generations.
To sum up the post, sustainable fashion is not buying into the latest fads, considering the source of the materials that make up the garments, buying what you need only, buying second hand when you can, mending what’s torn and taking care of your garments.
Upcycling is the art of turning waste, something old or useless into something new and purposeful.
Wellness is synonymous with health and fitness. It’s about feeling good, or being in good health. But for me, wellness can be broader than physical health, it can mean financial well being and good mental health as well.
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