All products sold through ecoimagine will feature one or more of the following symbols signifying how they were made or how they will decompose.
What The Symbols Mean
Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Recycled products are made from recyclable materials like glass, paper, cardboard, metal, plastic, tires, textiles, and electronics. The final product is often different then the original product. For example, plastic drinking bottles can be recycled and turned into clothing like yoga pants. Any product labeled as "recycled" in our online store will be made up of at least 50% recycled material.
Repurposed products can be constructed from just about anything. The reason we value repurposed products is because it gives waste/trash a second life instead of going to the landfill. In some cases, repurposed content will include recycled, natural or biodegradable materials, but sometimes it might not. The point is that a manufacturer found a use for a material that someone else thought was trash. A perfect example of a repurposed product is a messenger bag made from vinyl banners. What was initially a sign for a grand opening or president's day sale, is transformed into several stylish, yet functional bags for men and women.
A biodegradable product means the item can break down into natural materials in the environment without causing harm. A biodegradable material will break down quickly rather than taking years. It leaves nothing harmful behind and saves landfill space. Biodegradable plastics take 3 to 6 months to decompose fully. That's much quicker than synthetic counterparts that take several hundred years.
Natural products found on ecoimagine will be made from natural fibers which means it was grown according to national organic standards aka without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or genetic engineering. A few examples of natural materials include organic cotton, jute, wool, hemp and flax. Jute, in particular, is a sturdy natural organic fiber that is both biodegradable and recyclable. Jute products play a vital role in supporting the livelihood of millions of people around the world.
Sustainably made products are products that provide environmental, social and economic benefits while protecting public health and environment over their whole life cycle - from the extraction of raw materials until the final disposal. Sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principled approach to doing business. According to the United Nations Global Impact Group, there are 21 sustainability goals designed to help businesses implement sustainable business practices. Click here for an infographic of those goals.