|If you'd like to be certain that the odor-removing products you're buying are green, then here's what you need to know:
Odors can be removed in three ways: you can mask it, capture it, or convert it. Most chemicals that remove odors combine these three functions into one product. That way, it can handle many different types of odors including pet, tobacco, and trash odors. However, it wasn't until recently that pressure came upon chemical companies to improve their products to become more environmentally friendly.
Either an odor-removing chemical is environmentally friendly, or it isn't. That's true. However, you have to consider the entire package. You may not have thought yet about other hidden factors. For example, did the company test the product on animals? Pet odors are some of the toughest smells for chemical companies to remove. So, how do they find out if their product works? Well, they used to test the samples on animals. Today, that's not considered green, so some companies discovered ways to test products without involving animals of any kind. Those companies will clearly state that fact right on the bottle.
Here are 5 things you need to look for when buying odor-removing products:
Organic chemicals are natural. They commonly occur in air, water, or earth. You'll find extra comfort knowing this type of odor-removal product doesn't contaminate the environment with unnaturally occurring chemicals.
The chemicals used should be bio-degradable. That means they break down after use. Some chemicals are not bio-degradable and they unnaturally hang around after capturing odor molecules.
Reduces Energy Consumtion
Reduces Carbon Footprint
Since our energy smart deodorizers don't require power and can be rejuvinated using solar energy, they will help reduce your energy dependency, decrease your carbon footprint and help fight climate change. Furthermore, our products don't deplete precious fossil fuels & reduces our oil dependency.
Hypoallergenic especially beneficial for those suffering from allergies and chemical sensitivity. No fossil fuels are used in the production of Smelleze® odor control media.
This is a no-brainer. The chemicals listed on the bottle should clearly assert to be non-toxic. That means it won't poison humans, children, or animals.
do not contain VOCs, CFCs, heavy metals, harmful or ozone depleting chemicals. non-flammable and non-caustic
Doesn’t Emit Harmful Chemicals when Used
Can be Recycled Safely
You can Reuse it
4. Not Tested on Animals
Talking about animals, the product should not be tested on animals to qualify as green. The example given at the beginning of this article already discussed this at length, yet it bears repeating; pay special attention to products designed to remove pet odors. Remember, pick out the ones that clearly boast, "not tested on animals."
5. Bottle is Recyclable
Finally, there's the bottle itself. Is the bottle recyclable? Chemicals often require plastic bottles which end up in landfills. That's not kosher if you claim to care about the environment. So make sure you can recycle the bottle, and then follow up. If you're the type of person who has read this far, then you're most likely someone who already recycles anyway. Good for you.
So, there you have it. That's an overview of green odor removal. Now, you'll be able to make an informed decision when buying odor-removing products.
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