Few people now disagree with the view that humans are damaging the environment and causing climate change. The problem is that free market economics fail to limit climate-damaging emissions because polluters do not have to pay for the damage they cause.
Now in the field of business and commerce Governments implement policies that apply a principle of "the polluter pays
". However an effect of this is a read-across into every day life: consumers get the idea that cutting their carbon footprint and going green will cost them money.
This is wrong. Indeed, for the average consumer and householder the opposite is actually true. Investing time and money in cutting your carbon footprint and reducing your impact on the environment will actually save you money
. Reducing your electricity and gas usage will cut your utility bills. This both reduces your carbon footprint and saves you money.
The same situation exists with water usage. If your home is on a water meter (and we recommend this as the cost savings of metered water over fixed rate payments can be substantial) then saving water saves you money. It also reduces the impact you have on the environment.
We all consume products. There is no getting away from the fact that most of us do a job to earn money to buy things we need (food, clothes, a roof over our head).
At My Greener Home we believe a product is ethical if it can substitute for a product you already buy or want to buy, but has one or more of the following qualities:
- The product is made in a way that is more friendly to the environment than the one that it substitutes,
- The product is made in a way that is more beneficial to disadvantaged producers and workers in developing countries than the one it substitutes (this is described as FairTrade)
- The product will have a lower impact on the environment when you use it than the product it substitutes
My Greener Home was set up to help you achieve these aims: savings on your bills and cutting your impact on the environment.
All of the products on this site have been chosen to cut your utility bills or offer an ethical alternative to existing products. By buying these you will be reducing the impact that you have on the earth. Please have a browse and if you think of something that we have not, then do tell us.