As the green movement has gained popularity and more people are getting involved in the green scene, manufacturers are taking notice. The past several years has seen a significant increase in “green” products on the supermarket shelves. With so many options, it can be hard to know which products are really eco-friendly and which ones are just green with envy.
All household cleaners that include hazardous chemicals must include a warning. However, even though you will always know if something truly dangerous is in your cleaning supplies, you may not actually know if it’s actually green. Aside from a hazard warning, the federal government does not require full ingredient disclosure on cleaning product labels, so examine each eco claim carefully.
- Make your own
The greenest cleaners you can use are the ones you make yourself. You can ensure that they are actually made of all-natural ingredients and contain no harmful chemicals. Simple household items such as baking soda, lemon juice or vinegar can create a powerful green cleaner. As an added bonus, making your own eco-friendly cleaners is inexpensive, especially when compared to the green options you will find at the store.
- Seventh Generation
Seventh Generation launched a line of eco-friendly cleaning products more than 20 years ago; now the company is leading the nation in green cleaning. The company is committed to transparency, being the first company to voluntarily include its ingredient list on the label.
While not a popular choice in the United States, Ecover is one of the world’s oldest and largest green cleaner producers. Its cleaners are based on plant and mineral ingredients and they focus on products that don’t use toxic ingredients. The company built one of the world’s first green factories and has won several awards throughout the years. Perhaps an Ecover brand you are familiar with is Method. The company acquired Method in 2012 to expand its presence in North America.
- Mrs. Meyers
If you want your cleaning products to smell fresh, Mrs. Meyers is known for its floral scents. The cleaning products, based in aromatherapy, are free from harmful chemicals such as ammonia, chlorine, bleach, parabens and phosphates. None of the products are tested on animals. The brand is named after a tidy mother of nine and was started by one of her children.
- Green Works
This green product, launched by Clorox, had many consumers wary of its environmental impact. However, the Sierra Club endorsed the brand early on, which helped stifle concern. Plus the cleaner boasts of cleaning power that customers can’t ignore. Now the company lists ingredients on the label, which are largely derived from natural coconut and plant oils.
If you want to take your green lifestyle one step further, consider purchasing a green energy supply. Green energy is generated from renewable resources such as the sun, wind or water. And the best part is they are a pollution-free energy source!
Some electric providers in Texas offer green energy options, so you can offset up to 100 percent your home’s energy consumption.