Business is often blamed for the mess that sometimes assaults the environment. Short-term thinking for a quick profit is often behind deforestation, as companies use the resources available at low prices to give them an easy boost. However, if business is done with the environment in mind, it can often be better for the planet and for the company involved. This much is being seen in the current popularity of rainforest products in pharmacies, supermarkets and online, and it is likely to continue.
Among the more popular rainforest products are toiletries. Shower gels and bubble baths made from plants that grow in the rainforests often have a light, pleasant smell and are usually kinder to the consumer’s skin and hair. For these products to continue being made, it is necessary to preserve the environment from which they are taken – so a thriving business selling rainforest products can wield both business and environmental muscle, and contribute to the retention of natural resources.
Herbal medicines, too, are often made with ingredients harvested from the rainforest – ingredients which can only be found in this setting. As these medicines are often very beneficial and have fewer side-effects, they are an important part of the health industry. A thriving health industry with a strong herbal sector can only be a good thing for the environment, so it is worth voting with your wallet if you want to keep the environment from being plundered by less conscientious businesses. A few dollars more every once in a while can be all it takes.