The warmer weather brings life back into our lives and makes us think about reviving our once snow covered gardens and dusting off our bicycles. We open our windows to let the warm breeze into our homes which regenerates us to want to clean out every corner and closet. Since Earth Day is upon us, re-think about the cleaners you will be picking up once the spring cleaning bug hits you.
Traditional cleaners use harsh, abrasive chemicals that poison the earth and leave toxic residue that you and your family absorb. There are alternative cleaners that work just as well as traditional cleaners that biodegrade, do not leave a toxic residue and are not tested on animals.
This Earth Day and always, look for the following natural green cleaners that work just as good as their chemical laced competitors.
Nature Clean – Solutions for a toxic-free home
Nature Clean is a Canadian company that is constantly striving to create great products that are safe for your family, your health and the environment. And not to mention they work well too!
All Nature Clean products are non-toxic and biodegradable and are created from naturally derived ingredients. They follow strict guidelines from groups in the US and the European Union when choosing ingredients to ensure that they avoid any possible suspected carcinogens.
The chemists formulate Nature Clean products to be the safest and greenest options available. Everyone in the company personally tests the products to make sure that they meet or exceed their high standards. Then the products are tested by independent labs to ensure that it performs as well as, or better, than traditional cleaning products.
Nature Clean offers full disclosure of each ingredient on every label. Other companies, including many that offer “green products” won’t give full chemical names so you’ll never know what’s really in the products you’re using. Nature Clean is guaranteed free of these, and many other, suspected carcinogens, skin irritants and toxic or environmentally harmful chemicals:
Ammonia / Benzene / Chlorine / Cocamide DEA / EDTA / Ethyleneglycol / Formaldehyde / Hydrochloric Acid / LAS / Mineral Spirits Nonyl-phenols / NTA / Optical Brighteners / Petroleum based chemicals / Phosphates / Phytoestrogens/ Propylene Glycol Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) / Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)/ Synthetic Perfumes and Dyes / Xenoestrogens
In addition, none of the Nature Clean products are tested on animals or contain any animal by-products therefore they’re vegan friendly. Nature Clean products are created without gluten, wheat, dairy or nuts.
Manufactured and packaged in Canada, buying Nature Clean products show you love your family, love your health and love your planet.
For more information on Nature Clean and their products please visit:
Ecover – Powered by Nature
Ecover stands for careful enterprise. This means that Ecover produce their washing and cleaning products in an ecological, economic and socially responsible way in a unique ecological factory. Honest and open, Ecover respect people and the environment. In their view, this is the only way to guarantee a sustainable future.
Since 1980 Ecover has been devoted to developing and producing effective and ecological washing and cleaning products made from plant-based and mineral ingredients. Ecover’s aim is to provide effective, sustainable washing and cleaning solutions that can be used daily by people all around the world.
Ecover’s ecological principles extend far beyond the products they create. Ecover’s vision of sustainability takes ecological, economic and social aspects into account from the origins of the raw materials, to the complete biodegradation of the final products. Strict criteria are employed along the way as guidelines for all business operations, from selecting raw materials, through production methods to full decomposition of the end products. Ecover products are manufactured in the unique, world-famous ecological factories in Malle, Belgium and Boulogne-sur-mer, France. The factories are crowned with a green roof where plant vegetation grows creating a temperature regulating and noise-dampening insulator throughout the year.
Ecover employees keep the factory’s energy consumption to a minimum and turn the lighting and heating on only when really necessary. Ecover employees are encouraged to travel to work by bicycle or car pool and receive a salary incentive for their efforts.
Ecover is a company that operates with sustainability at its very core and has gained knowledge from years of experience that it is a feasible way to operate. Ecover is constantly innovating and pushing boundaries to create new and more effective products that have a minimum negative impact on the environment.
For more information on Ecover and their product line please visit ecover.com
Seventh Generation – Protecting Planet Home
Seventh Generation is committed to becoming the world’s most trusted brand of authentic, safe, and environmentally-responsible products for a healthy home. For 20 years, the closely held Burlington, Vermont-based company has been at the forefront of a cultural change in consumer behaviour and business ethics.
One of the country’s first self-declared "socially responsible" companies, Seventh Generation is a business that operates according to a new and different set of principles and values that in many ways are a marked departure from those long considered "traditional." Its business practice is focused on offering people avenues to express their idealism, passion, and commitment to causes larger than themselves at every point along its supply chain—from suppliers and partners to shareholders, customers and its own staff.
The company derives its name from the Great Law of the Iroquois that states, "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." Every time you use a Seventh Generation product you are making a difference by saving natural resources, reducing pollution, keeping toxic chemicals out of the environment and making the world a safer place for this and the next seven generations.
A complete line of non-toxic household products
Seventh Generation brand-name products include: non-chlorine bleached, 100% recycled paper towels, bathroom and facial tissues, and napkins; non-toxic, phosphate-free cleaning, dish and laundry products; plastic trash bags made from recycled plastic; chlorine-free baby diapers, training pants, and baby wipes; and chlorine-free feminine care products, including orgaic cotton tampons.
Disclosure of all ingredients
Seventh Generations commitment to you is that they will be completely transparent in the disclosure of the ingredients in all of their products, and will provide you with as much information as possible to give you the highest confidence that you are making a conscious, informed choice when you choose Seventh Generation products for your home.
For more information on Seventh Generation and their product line please visit: seventhgeneration.com
With so many great companies to choose from, stock up this Spring with green cleaners. Be kind to your planet, your home and to the next generation.