Environmentally Friendly/Eco-friendly – Used to refer to goods and services considered to inflict minimal harm on the environment.
Organic – Refers to the way agricultural products – including foods and fibers such as cotton – are grown and processed. The word “organic” on the label stands for a commitment to an agriculture which strives for a balance with nature, using methods and materials which are of low impact to the environment.
Sustainable – In an ecological context, sustainability can be defined as the ability of an ecosystem to maintain ecological processes, functions, biodiversity and productivity into the future.
Biodegradable – The process by which organic substances are broken down by the enzymes produced by living organisms. The term is often used in relation to ecology, waste management and environmental remediation (bioremediation). Organic material can be degraded aerobically, with oxygen, or anaerobically, without oxygen.
Carbon Footprint – A measured amount of greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide which are released into the atmosphere by manufacture, transport, products, materials, activities etc. Footprints are described in CO2 equivalent grams.
Conservation – Protection and careful management of the environment and natural resources
Recycling – The collection and often reprocessing of discarded materials for reuse.
Eco-chic – The trend and fashion of being environmentally conscious and buying ‘green’ products.
Zero emissions – An engine, motor, or other energy source, that emits no waste products that pollutes the environment or disrupts the climate.
Post-Consumer – A product or material which has been recycled or reused after its original purpose has completed.
Green washing – A term used to describe the practice of companies disingenuously spinning their products and policies as environmentally friendly, such as by presenting cost cuts as reductions in use of resources.
Non-toxic – A substance which is not poisonous or hazardous to a living organism’s health, well being and survival.