The choices we make as consumers can have a significant impact on the environment. And when we choose thoughtfully-produced natural products, we not only make a better choice for our well-being, but we also help the environment by treading more lightly and doing less damage. Let's take a look at the top 5 environmental benefits of choosing natural products.
Decreased Carbon Footprint
Many natural products are manufactured using sustainable processes that require less energy and emit fewer greenhouse gasses. For instance, natural farming practices (like those used in our BRI Longsheng All-Natural Rice Project) eliminate using synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides, reducing carbon emissions and soil degradation. By opting for natural food items, clothing made from organic fibers, or eco-friendly household and beauty products, we actively lower our carbon footprint.
Conventional agriculture often relies heavily on water-intensive practices, leading to excessive water consumption and depletion of freshwater resources. Natural products, particularly those with organic certifications, adhere to more water-efficient methods, such as rainwater harvesting and drip irrigation. By choosing these products, we indirectly contribute to conserving water and supporting responsible water management practices.
Reduced Chemical Pollution
Many conventional products, such as household cleaners and personal care items, contain synthetic chemicals that can harm ecosystems. These products can negatively impact the environment not only as they are being produced or used but also after they've been disposed of and the product or packaging starts to break down, leaching chemicals into the soil and water. Natural products, on the other hand, minimize the use of harmful chemicals or avoid them altogether. By choosing natural alternatives, we help reduce chemical pollution in our air, water, and soil.
Preservation of Biodiversity
Natural products often prioritize sustainably sourced ingredients, which helps protect biodiversity. Companies that produce natural products are more likely to support environmentally responsible practices, such as organic farming and fair trade. At Viori, preserving biodiversity is important to us. It's why we've committed to only use sustainably sourced palm oil and earned certification from the RSPO in 2020. These practices indirectly contribute to the conservation of ecosystems and the preservation of endangered species.
Reduced Packaging Waste
A major environmental concern is the staggering amount of waste generated from excessive packaging. For example, did you know more than 500 million shampoo and conditioner bottles end up in landfills each year? At Viori, we are committed to using plastic-free packaging to reduce our impact. Companies producing natural products are often conscious of this issue and strive to minimize packaging waste. They opt for eco-friendly materials, recyclable or biodegradable packaging, and reduced packaging overall. By choosing natural products with minimal packaging, we actively participate in waste reduction efforts.
Making a conscious decision to choose natural products is not only better for our overall well-being, but it can also have far-reaching environmental benefits. Natural products help reduce chemical pollution, preserve biodiversity, conserve water, minimize packaging waste, support sustainable practices, and promote the use of renewable resources. When we incorporate natural products into our everyday lives, we are collectively working towards a more sustainable and environmentally conscious society. And it might sound a little cliche, but it's more true than ever-- together, and only together, we can make a difference.