While it would be great to live in a world with only safe and healthy products, the truth is that we don’t. We could take a drastic route and get rid of all bad products, produced good products and only use those. However, if we were to do this, think of all the harmful waste we would have on our hands that we would have nowhere to put.
I think that there are some bad products we simply must stop using in order to protect ourselves, for example, toxic baby toys, yet there are products that may not be good for the planet or people, but that we can still use as long as we are mindful of how we use them and the damage we are doing. For example, if you have a car that runs on gasoline that you only bought a couple of years ago, there is no need to get rid of it and buy a hybrid/ electric car as long as you take into consideration how much you are driving. If you take this into consideration you can carpool, therefore reducing the number of cars on the road. Or you can pay to offset your carbon footprint for the miles you drive. Or you can choose public transportation over the use of your car for some of your weekly trips.
As with everything, there are negatives and positives. If you take a look at the big picture there are things we can do to better ‘bad’ products rather than simply getting rid of them and creating more waste. Go over all the possibilities before ruling something out because sometimes it’s better to improve on something than just give up on it.
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