Thursday, March 31, 2011

Clean And Green: a Lenten Carbon Fast Challenge

Today's Change The World Wedneday/Lenten Carbon Fast challenge: (courtesy of my bloggy friend Small Footprints): 
"Reduce your use of household cleaning products, soaps, shampoos, hair care products and other items which contain chemicals. Replace them with products which are biodegradable. Carcinogenic chemicals in deodorants, soaps, shampoos, and body sprays persist in the environment, build up in the food chain and return to haunt us long after they've gone down the drain. See, and to learn about eco-friendly products."
For personal care, I've found there's really no better soap than soap, although sometimes I'll play around with making specialty bars of soap by melting it and adding ingrediants such as green tea or ground coffee.

For household cleaners, I've been trying to keep the poisons out of our new house.We have had very good results with BioGreenClean. I had heard Ed Schultz talk about the product on his radio program for quite a while and, while he's a pretty trustworthy guy, I was reluctant to believe testamonials about cleaning products. However, having just bought a house, I had discovered the need for some serious cleaning product that wasn't ful of things that would kill me off slowly, so I decided to give it a try. First off, it's not the cheapest product on the market - that should be said right up front. However, in practice, it proved to be more than worth the money, since it is a effective or better than any other cleaning product I've ever tried. In addition, it doesn't hurt my skin like some products do, which suggests that at least some of its claims to be non-toxic are true. I recommend it!

While we're on the subject, I'd like to point out that cleaners that are labelled "green" are not necessarily so. Simply adding the word "green" to a product does not make it so, and it may be that some manufacturers may be taking advantage of market demand for "green" products to increase sales without actually improving their product. You might look up your cleaners in the Material Safety Data Sheet Database or in the Green Seal Report on Cleaners or you could simply follow the suggestion of Chaya at Care2Care:
"Rather than risk being duped by false eco-safe claims or introduce more unnatural substances into your home, opt to clean your home with products such as baking soda and vinegar. If they are safe enough to eat, then they are safe for your home and won’t hurt our planet."

1 comment:

mrs green @ said...

Love the idea of adding coffee grounds to soap. it was only recently that I learned coffee is a great exfoliant. Good to see your review of a cleaning brand I've never heard of too. I use Ecover over here, not sure if your recommendation is available; I'll check it out!