There are a lot of different things that can classify an item as “eco-friendly” and not all of them may be as obvious as others. Some items that are classified this way are very directly having an impact on the input of waste to rivers, land, or other natural areas. Maybe they are directly made out of less harmful materials than other things. However, this is just one side of what it means to be “eco-friendly”. The other side is by indirect actions. These are actions that don’t help the environment on their own, but which have an indirectly positive impact on the environment by providing a greater quality of life for the people living in impoverished areas of the world.
This chakra flags chime is a great example of the latter form of eco-friendly items, and it is attractive to boot. The basic story behind this thing is that it goes to help support people in India that are without many of the same necessities that we come to expect as par for the course in our daily lives. When people in impoverished areas of the world are given access to things like food, water, and a positive economic outlook, they are less likely to become involved in the black-market activities that are decimating the natural environment worldwide. A family that is not starving has no need or desire to go into pristine jungle to kill something for food. A family that has enough money to not be starving is much less likely to take endangered wildlife out of their natural habitat in order to make enough to afford food. These indirect actions are generally the most effective, since they are much more than just a band-aid. They are an actual solution to generations-worth of financial difficulty, and they provide an out for farmers that would otherwise have no option but to pillage the land for the sake of their families.
Things like this are great. They’re a way to help support something positive, while detracting from something negative. The piece is attractive, and since it’s made out of recycled materials it is not bad for the environment.