When you are searching for products that leave behind less of an impact on the environment, you might become overwhelmed by the terminology that describes them. There are many products that end with “-friendly” and you might not understand certain terms like “water-soluble” and “sustainability”.
Learn more about these terms and make wiser decisions by taking a quick crash course in terminology below:
Water-solubility is the measurement of how much a specific substance dissolves or disperses when submerged in water. Water-soluble paper products benefit the environment by biodegrading through exposure to the common element of water.
SmartSolve materials, for example, are water-soluble based on their dispersion upon contact with water.
In the conversation surrounding environmentally-friendly terms, bio-based has become a buzzword.
Bio-based products are industrial or commercial products that are either entirely composed, or mostly composed, of either biological products, renewable agricultural materials, or components from forestry. Bio-based materials degrade faster due to their organic makeup, reducing the impact of waste on the environment.
Of note: uncoated SmartSolve water-soluble paper is 100% bio-based.
Another popular term that comes up when discussing environmentally beneficial products and technologies is their sustainability.
Sustainability measures a material, item, or action based on the benefits it creates for the environment, economy and society, while also avoiding the depletion of resources or pollution generation.
Essentially, a product or action that is sustainable does as much as possible to avoid compromising future generations’ ability to meet their environmental, economic and societal needs.
Nothing is entirely sustainable, so this measurement compares the sustainability of one product, material or action to another one. In the case of water-soluble paper, it is considerably more sustainable than current alternatives available in the market today.
The “Friendly” Terms
Finally, when describing products and items that are beneficial to the environment, people often use the terms “environmentally friendly,” “earth friendly,” and “eco-friendly” to describe them. In a way, these descriptors have become catchwords for anything that helps—or prevents harm to—the environment.
“Environmentally friendly” is the most formal and accurate of the terms, as it simply means something is not harmful to the planet. Other terms, like “eco-friendly” and “earth friendly” generally indicate the same concept, so people use them interchangeably. There is no significant difference.
By understanding a few of these terms, you can educate yourself further on the topic and make more informed decisions when purchasing products or taking actions to keep the environment safe.
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