The definition of something sustainable in a broad sense is something that endures. Sustainable materials are those that are abundantly available and infinitely renewable and those that don't put additional stresses or negatively impact the environment. Scientist, however look at sustainable development from the three dimensions of sustainability being social, environmental and economic. For the purpose of this information, we are going to explore specific materials that are commonly found in the products we represent here at eCause.
CFLs save energy and help lower electricity costs because they use 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, using only one-quarter of the energy consumed by incandescents. A 13-watt CFL produces the same light as a 60-watt incandescent bulb, saving about 45 watts each hour.
Estimates show that if every Canadian replaced just one incandescent bulb with an Energy Star CFL, greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by about 400,000 tons each year ? the equivalent of taking 70,000 cars off the road each year.
CFLs help to save Canada's environment in other ways too. CFLs are required to last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, fewer bulbs and packaging are sent to landfill sites as a result, and less bulbs are produced which uses less energy and consumption at the manufacturing stage.
Bamboo is one of nature's most wondrous plants. It is naturally antibacterial, even after processing, as well as versatile and biodegradable. Bamboo grows extremely fast, needs very little tending, never requires pesticides, and renews itself once harvested. In addition bamboo absorbs 5 times the carbon dioxide and produces 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees. Bamboo improves soil quality and helps rebuild eroded soil. It can be used in furniture or as a wood substitute and in other items such as textiles. As a fabric, bamboo is light and strong and very soft.
Naturally Made Soaps include natural ingredients, not petro-chemicals or additives. Olive oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and cocoa butter are common ingredients in natural soaps. Glycerin also occurs naturally in handmade soaps which can be very beneficial to the skin. In processed soaps manufacturers often remove the glycerin. Essential oils, and pigments from nature are used to enhance the soap products without negatively impacting the environment. Natural soaps are phosphate fee, and not only kind to your skin, but to kind to our earth.
Hemp, or Cannabis as it is most often referred to isn't just for "hippies" anymore! Hemp is renewable, reusable, recyclable and edible which makes it incredibly versatile. Hemp fabric is naturally resistant to UV light, mold and mildew. It creates an incredibly strong fiber too. Hemp can be grown in Canada, and it requires less chemicals and fresh water to grow and manufacture. In recent years, it has become a popular practice to blend hemp with other fabrics, notably with organic cotton, which adds a stretch to the strength of hemp as well a pleasant softness. The plant is fast growing and relatively economical to grow and process. It is hardy and can be cultivated in most climates.
Cotton Evidence of cotton use dates back to the 4th and 5th millennium BC. Cotton is one of the most durable and useful plants today. It can be used to make fabric, and paper and it is very easily blended with many other kinds of fibers to make other fabrics. It is breathable and naturally hypoallergenic. Among its multitude of benefits, it is durable, breathable, and absorbent, which makes it ideal for clothing and bags of all kinds. It is soft to the touch and available in abundance.
Stainless Steel is used to make airplanes, food containers, watch casings, medical instruments and the stainless steel bottles that eCause promotes wholeheartedly. There are different grades and qualities of stainless steel bottles, and it is important when making the transition to a stainless steel bottle that you select one of high quality and from a company of high ethical and business standards. Plastics have been discovered to leach chemicals into our food and beverage and are particularly a concern when there have been temperature changes. Reusable and washable, stainless steel bottles can safely used for all food and beverage. Again making sure the quality is high on the manufacturing end ensures that there are no seams in the metal work where bacteria can be harbored. Because your containers are refilled at home, office or school, these bottles do not have the significant carbon footprint that bottles water has as it is transported all over the world. It is assumed that for every stainless steel bottle in use, there is a minimum of 500 plastic water bottles going to landfill! Another wonderful benefit of transitioning to stainless steel from plastic is that we are reducing our dependence on petroleum based products, and that is a great thing for our health, and our earth.