There are a lot of things I wish were different about eco-friendly living. For example, less greenwashing, better more standard eco-labeling, MUCH better organic food certification, more independent eco-friendly companies (i.e. not owned by a big corp.), better green product reviews (as the norm) for consumers and soooooo much more.
However, all of the above are huge issues and they’ll take time. I also have a key on-going wish list of products I’d like to see. There are plenty of so called eco-friendly products out there but many of them don’t live up to the hype. Also there are some green product categories that are totally missing. That’s annoying.
In any case, I don’t know everything, so I figured I’d post my green wish list here and see if anyone has any suggestions. If there’s a product you’d like to see made more eco-friendly mention it in the comments and maybe someone will have a suggestion for you.
MY GREEN WISH LIST!
Eco-friendly clothing for kids who are older than a toddler. As I’ve said a million times, eco-friendly clothing companies think people come in three, and only three ages; baby, toddler to young child and adult. As the mama of a nine year old this drives me crazy. We buy a lot of stuff at thrift stores which I do consider eco-friendly, but I’d like the option to buy new once in a while. This is one of my biggest eco-pet peeves.
Eco-friendly deodorant and/or antiperspirant. That actually works! I know some people don’t think you should even use antiperspirant because it’s not safe, but if I have to interview someone or attend a business event it looks lame if I’m all sweaty. So far I’ve never even found a decent eco-deodorant though, so I guess the antiperspirant is a moot point. It seems like with all this technology someone could come up with an eco-friendly antiperspirant or deodorant; don’t you think?
Organic conditioner that works – really works without icky junk in it. I have curls and if I use shoddy conditioner my hair looks terrible. Yes this is totally a vanity thing but still, I don’t think it’s too much to ask. Most of the marketed “organic” or “natural” conditioners aren’t so organic or natural if you take a good look at them and it’s frustrating. I have some homemade recipes that work ok, but not amazingly. The best thing I’ve actually found is plain old organic olive oil but it’s really messy so most of the time I just allow my curls to be out of control (not fair!).
Drain cleaner – Personally I don’t get why people just don’t use a $2 drain trap; easy and eco-friendly. However, lots of people I know don’t then they end up getting clogged drains and buy chemical drain cleaners which aren’t safe. I wish I could direct them to a nice eco-friendly option that actually works but I’ve never seen one. Most of the enzyme based drain cleaners / drainers I’ve reviewed work somewhat but don’t 100% live up to the promise.
Organic maternity clothing – I’ve looked everywhere for organic maternity clothing and there are very few choices. You can get regular organic clothing that works somewhat, but there’s no great dedicated and stylish line of maternity clothing out there as of this second.
Natural Skittles – My son Cedar is not the biggest sweet eater. He’ll pass on baked goods and chocolate most of the time but does adore Skittles. Skittles are basically a chewy fruit candy with a candy coating shell. Cedar gets why organic is important and by now even he knows he shouldn’t be eating high fructose corn syrup, fake colors and other icky stuff. Even he wants a better option. We’ve looked and looked and nothing. You can find natural and organic candy of all sorts but you literally cannot find anything resembling a natural or organic Skittle.
Legos – they’re plastic and there’s no comparable alternative. My son like wooden blocks too but he LOVES Legos. Lego actually makes some items with reclaimed plastic which begs the question why don’t they do this as a rule or at least use recycled paper for their catalogs? They’re not very green but my son adores them so it’s hyper frustrating.
Eco-friendly swimwear – very little available in limited adult and baby sizes. Good luck finding something for the kids.
Better green movies – I LOVED the movie Flow and I liked No Impact Man too. I also like a slew of other green-minded flicks. You know who doesn’t like them? My boyfriend Dave. He’s one of the biggest movie fans I’ve ever met too and likes some truely horrid stuff (IMO) but the eco-friendly movies we see won’t hold his attention. He’s not the only one either. I’ve met plenty of folks who aren’t interested in eco-friendly movies. It’s all good and fine if I like a green movie, but heck, I’m already on board the green train; movie or not. Movies have the ability to reach many more consumers than say an article or blog post, so they need to be better, more engaging and sell green correctly to the general, not just already eco-friendly public. NOT that I know how to pull this off, but dang.
There, now I’ve just given you nine killer green invention ideas. Someone should get out there and make a million dollars!
Are there any eco-products on the market that you wish were better (or even existed)?