Happy Earth Day 2013! In honor of Earth Day, here are three different companies, and my review of their earth-friendly products. The first is ECOS and their fabulous line of green cleaning products, the second is VEGIEFRESH, a new mineral based product that will keep your fruits and veggies fresh without using bags in your crisper, and finally, the third is BIOBAG, an alternative to regular plastic bags. If you or your family members have airborne allergies or asthma, you may be sensitive to most commercial cleaning products and not know it. Try greening your home with some of the suggested products below, and see if you don’t feel better.
Why use Ecos? Here’s why from their web site:
- FIRST To eliminate 1,4 Dioxane, a carcingoen, from all products.
- FIRST To stop use of salts in all cleaners, an action necessary to protect water supplies.
- FIRST To eliminate Formaldehyde, a pernicious toxin.
- FIRST / ONLY To introduce a patented nuetral pH automatic dishwashing product, WAVE® Gel.
- TOP SELLING Green Laundry product worldwide, ECOS® laundry detergent.
- ONLY Green manufacturer with plants strategically located in 5 regions.
- FIRST To generate more than 50% of our plant electrical needs by using solar panels.
- FIRST In sustainability.
- ONLY Green primary manufacturing company. We’re a one-link supply chain. We don’t contract our manufacturing to others. We control the entire process. We respond to new research and customer preferences immediately.
In October, 2012, I began making my own green laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent and dishwasher rince aid. So when ECOS reached out to me in March and sent me their ECOS laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent and household cleaners for review, I thought, fantastic, let’s see how they stack up against my home-made versions. All ECOS products are made from plants.
The laundry detergent worked very well in my front loading washing machine. I fell in love with the light lavender scent of the Baby ECOS laundry detergent; especially the way it smells on my husband’s work clothes. It also didn’t seem to bother child’s eczema.
Other products: ECOS Window Cleaner, ECOS Parsley Plus, and ECOS Breeze. The Parsley Plus has a strong parsley scent (to be honest it made me a bit hungry!) and it also has amazing cleaning properties. It found a nice home in the bathroom because of it’s cleaning qualities and its clean fresh scent. The ECOS Window Cleaner has actually become my go-to cleaner in the kitchen as well as the windows. In addition, it also does an amazing job of getting the shower walls clean of hard water spots. The ECOS Breeze is the air freshener spray, my husband was very happy when this appeared – it also helps to eliminate odors on stinky clothes.
The ECOS WAVE Auto Dishwasher gel worked alright in my dishwasher, but the most amazing product that worked in place of my home made rinse aid was their ECOS WaveJet Dishwasher Rinse Aid. It is free of Formaldehyde, petrochemicals, GMO’s, phosphates, chlorine, amonia, and is pH neurtral.
Are you as tired of plastic bags as I am? I found this VEGIEFRESH product at Expo West 2012, which is a 100% natural mineral mix when placed in your veggie drawer absorbs the ethylene gas that comes off of your fruits and vegetables and in turn extends their life. One package lasts three months. There is no need to keep (or even buy) your fruits and veggies in plastic bags when you use VEGIEFRESH. Just open up the product in your crisper drawer, and load those naked veggies and fruits in!
I have been grappling with a very sad conscience over all of the bags that I use for trash that will end up in the landfill. So while I was at the Park Slope Coop this week, I found these BIOBAGS. Biobag products are made with annually renewable crops and contain no polyethylene. They are not recommended for use in the microwave or for storing liquids. But they do make incredibly good lunchbags. Here is a quote from Biobag with regards to the biodegradable nature of their bags and landfills.
BioBags are designed to be composted and returned naturally back to the earth. They are not designed to be placed in a landfill.
If BioBags are placed in an open landfill they will decompose at a rate similar to other biodegradable materials in the same setting. If BioBags are placed in an anaerobic (air-locked) landfill and deprived of oxygen and the existence of the micro-organisms that “eat” naturally biodegradable materials, their ability to decompose will be severely restricted. This is true of all biodegradable materials placed in this setting, including paper, yard waste and food waste. The majority of landfills in the U.S. are anaerobic (air-locked) landfills.
So, I guess I can’t win this argument, but I can start composting this summer with my new biobags!
Disclosure: ECOS products sent to me by company for review, VEGIEFRESH product found at EXPOWEST 2012, and BIOBAG purchased by me at the Coop.