Sustainability has become a way of life for many of today\u2019s consumers. They make an effort\u00a0to buy greener, healthier and more sustainable products from greener companies. Think about it - each purchase you make,\u00a0has health, environmental, and social impacts.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHere are 5 ways that you can make a difference today:\r\n\r\n1)\u00a0 Influence Manufacturers to Make More Sustainable Products\r\n\r\nWhen you buy sustainable products, you support the manufacturers who make these products.\u00a0A growing demand for sustainable products gives manufacturers new incentives to create and sell them.\r\n\r\nMany manufacturers have made aggressive strides to reduce their carbon footprint, in all operations, throughout their supply chain. It begins with the raw materials that are scraped out of or harvested from the earth, to the preparation of the raw materials, the manufacturing processes, the packaging, use and ultimate disposal of the product, and it includes the transportation requirements throughout the lifecycle. The cumulative total of the impacts defines the product's sustainability footprint.\r\nAt PlushBeds, sustainability is a defining characteristic of who we are and how we do business on a daily basis. Our commitment is reflected in all aspects of our\u00a0operations, from the beginning - with product design and manufacturing, to the end - with logistics and recycling.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tOur products are healthy, environmentally responsible and safe for our employees, consumers and the environment. We manufacture all of our mattresses using the highest quality, environmentally friendly, raw materials, which come from renewable resources.\r\n \tOur commitment to excellence in craftsmanship and\u00a0superior quality materials has driven us to become\u00a0the industry's leading innovator. We continue\u00a0to create new standards for sleep products that are sustainable and safe for your health.\u00a0Our engineers are constantly looking\u00a0for and developing ground-breaking, sustainable\u00a0materials every day.\r\n \tWe conserve resources and reduce solid waste by recycling scrap, byproducts and packing materials generated at the mattress manufacturing and assembly stages and we partner with private enterprises, government and charitable organizations to promote the economic viability of businesses who recycle.\r\n\r\n2)\u00a0 Protect and Conserve Natural Resources\r\n\r\nAll the things we need to survive, such as food, air, water and shelter, come from natural resources. Squandering those resources today, means that our children and grandchildren may not have the benefit of those resources tomorrow.\r\n\r\nIf our natural resources are not conserved, many will be depleted. However, if we protect and conserve our natural resources, then they will last much longer. Through conservation, we can reduce waste and manage natural resources wisely. This will give future generations the same benefits that we enjoy today.\r\n\r\n3) Make Your Home a Healthier Place\r\n\r\nBuying smarter products for your home, creates a healthier living space for your family.\u00a0Look for products that are made with organic and natural materials, recycled materials, energy efficiency products and biodegradable products.\r\n\r\nConsumers rely on various environmental labels to help them identify the greener, healthier products, including:\r\n\r\n \tECOLOGO: Indicates a product has undergone rigorous scientific testing, exhaustive auditing, or both, to prove its compliance with stringent, third-party, environmental performance standards. This is for cleaning products, mobile phones, tissue paper, paint, toys and more.\r\n \tEnergy Star:\u00a0Helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.\r\n \tUSDA: Promotes agriculture production that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve our Nation's natural resources through conservation, restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.\r\n \tFair Trade: Works to make trade more fair. Their standards require sustainable production and farming practices, improved working conditions, better prices and wages for farmers and workers, and more transparent trade practices. Fairtrade prohibits child labor, forced labor, GMOs, and encourages environmentally-friendly production.\r\n \tForest Stewardship Council (FSC): An independent, non-profit organization that protects forests for future generations by\u00a0setting standards for responsible forest management. They\u00a0set standards on forest products, along with certifying and labeling them as eco-friendly.\r\n \tGREENGUARD: helps manufacturers create - and helps buyers identify - interior products and materials that have low chemical emissions, improving the quality of the air in which the products are used. All GREENGUARD Certified products are listed in the\u00a0UL SPOT Sustainable Product Database.\r\n\r\nBringing these products into your home will make your indoor air quality better and provide a healthier home for you and your family.\r\n\r\n4) Make Your Home More Energy Efficient\u00a0\r\n\r\nYou can make your home more energy efficient by using products and services that use less\u00a0energy.\u00a0For example, you can use Energy Star appliances,\u00a0house fans, smart power cords, smart thermostats and\u00a0home insulation. These items will enable you to use\u00a0less heating and cooling\u00a0energy.\r\n\r\nEfficient energy use will not only reduce your energy consumption but it will lower your energy bills as well.\r\n\r\n5) Set a Great Example\r\n\r\nIf you are a parent or grandparent, set a great example for your children and grandchildren and teach them to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Making responsible buying choices today means safeguarding the planet for their futures and reducing:\r\n\r\n \tSmog\r\n \tDeforestation\r\n \tGlobal Warming\r\n \tSoil Degradation\r\n\r\nBy making small changes today, you are setting an example for them to follow and you are teaching them to become informed consumers.\r\n\r\nHow Can You Begin?\r\n\r\nChange begins with each purchase you make. To make a difference, you can buy greener, healthier and more sustainable products from greener companies. This will encourage more production and availability of these types of products. You can also educating others about why you buy them, which increases the demand. Start in your own home and make a difference today.\r\nLink to Us!\r\nIf you found this article useful, please copy and paste the following into the html code of your website or blog: Learn More About Going Green at the <a href"https:\/\/www.plushbeds.com\/blog\/green\/why-its-important-to-buy-sustainable-products\/">PlushBeds Green Living Blog<\/a>.