Here at EcoVibe, we believe that living a more environmentally friendly life should be made as easy as possible. Below we have provided an explanation for icons that can be found across the site, so you can find the best products for you.
We thoroughly research all products before putting them on sale, so that we can offer you the most sustainable items currently available on the market. Even so, we encourage you to research each product before you buy it. If you have any questions, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help!
Examples of biodegradable materials:
BPA means bisphenol A, a chemical used on an industrial scale in certain plastics since the 1960s. BPA is often found in polycarbonate plastics, which are commonly used in water bottles and food containers.
There is some concern that BPA can leach into food and water consumed by humans through the packaging. This is why many popular plastic and non-plastic products are labelled as BPA Free.
A compostable product is one that is capable of disintegrating and breaking down into all-natural elements in a compost environment. It will leave no toxicity in the soil.
There are typically 2 types of compostable products, items that are suitable for an industrial compost environment and products that are suitable for home composting.
The main differences between home and industrial composting are that industrial is done on a much bigger scale, with an actively managed compost environment to speed up the process.
Cruelty Free cosmetic products are quite simply products that have not been tested on animals. Either in the product’s development or manufacturing process.
By choosing a cruelty free product, you know that no animals were harmed at any stage of the product’s lifecycle.
If an item is degradable it means that it breaks down through chemical reactions, rather than organically like a biodegradable item.
Degradable products can break down in landfill sites. Degradable products don’t break down completely, they just get smaller in size, eventually into microscopic pieces.
Products made from recycled materials are environmentally friendly because they remove the need for a new manufacturing cycle.
Many types of plastic, glass, paper and cardboard can be recycled and repurposed into entirely new products. This reduces the strain of the manufacturing process and the waste management process on the environment.
According to DEFRA, The Department for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, a product that is organic is: “The product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilisers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Irradiation and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or products produced from or by GMOs are generally prohibited by organic legislation.
Organic agriculture is a systems approach to production that is working towards environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production. Instead, the agricultural systems rely on crop rotation, animal and plant manures, some hand weeding and biological pest control”.
These are made of materials which can be used again after they have been treated using a special industrial process.
If you have any questions about where your items can be recycled, please get in touch and we'll be happy to help.
Items with this symbol are suitable for vegans. They do not use or contain any animal products.