What Does ‘Eco-Friendly’ Really Mean?

April 13, 2017

We hear it all the time, “this product is green,” “this product is eco-friendly,” “this material is sustainable.” These “buzz words” have become pretty popular lately, as people and companies are becoming more and more environmentally conscious. While we all know they are “good for the Earth,” were breaking down what each of these terms really means.

Eco-Friendly

Eco-friendly literally means earth-friendly or not harmful to the earth. For something to be truly eco-friendly, it must not only not harm the planet, but actually contribute to making the Earth healthier. A few ways to live more eco-friendly are to take shorter showers in an effort to conserve water, recycle paper and plastic goods, and walk instead of driving a car.

Sustainability

If a product or service promotes sustainability, that means it in no way harms the environment, depletes natural resources, or promotes long-term ecological prosperity. Green spaces — parks where plants and wildlife are encouraged to grow freely — are a great way to promote sustainability.

Beware the dangers of “greenwashing”

Plenty of companies have started “greenwashing” their products, claiming they’re green or sustainable, without actually understanding what that label entails. At Nickerson Corp. we are heavily committed to engaging in environmentally friendly business practices and make it a priority to work with manufacturers who share similar values. To keep up with our green efforts, we offer products that are durable (to minimize waste), made from easily replicable parts (to eliminate the need to completely replace such products), and manufactured in a way that does not emit damaging products into our environment.  

For over 60 years, Nickerson Corporation has been supplying educational furniture and equipment to schools in New York and New Jersey. From traditional classroom and library furniture to bleachers and more, we offer a variety of furniture solutions to ensure that your school functions to its utmost potential. For more information on how we can help, contact us at (631) 666-0200 today!