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Product of the Week: Household cleaners

July 9, 2016

Clean My House without Messing the Earth

In a world where dirt is the household enemy, and convenient cleaning products are your allies, it’s important to choose the right friend in the fight against filth. Many cleaners contain really toxic chemicals that you don’t want to inhale and you certainly don’t want your kids or pets to inhale or lick, either. Many of these chemicals have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive problems, and even neurotoxity. In fact, most chemicals have not been appropriately tested to assure that they are actually safe! This will soon change because Congress just passed a law

requiring testing of all chemicals in commerce.

 

The “natural” cleaning products are made of oleochemicals – which are fats typically from coconut, palm oil, and soy. They help rip the dirt and grease off your favorite surface, but can create a mess elsewhere on our planet.

 

Cleaning out the forest?

Palm oil is a leading cause of deforestation. It’s responsible for driving species like the orangutan, Sumatran tiger, and species of elephants and rhinos nearly extinct! That’s the scent of a warming earth…

 

Not only can palm oil cause climate change causing deforestation, but the fossil fuel industry creates a lot of greenhouse gases to produce the chemicals in your non-“Natural” cleaners.

 

Green Brands: Dr. Bronner, Ecover, and Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (100 Klerify points)

Yellow Brands: Lysol, Seventh Generation (60 Klerify Points)

Red Brands: Method, Clorox (0 Klerify points)

 

Make your house and Earth cleaner by purchasing green brands and telling the leading cleaning brands to go natural and certified sustainable:

 

Clorox get clean:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Clorox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Clorox/Method, be Fairtrade:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/methodhome

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/methodhome/

Check out how your favorite cleaner grades in terms of toxic chemicals:

http://www.ewg.org/guides/categories/2-AllPurpose?grade=a&page=3

 

Sources:

https://experiencelife.com/article/8-hidden- toxins-whats- lurking-in- your-cleaning-products/

http://www.globalexchange.org/blogs/fairtrade/2015/04/13/fair-trade- usa-launches-fair- trade-certified- coconuts/

http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/ethicalreports/palmoilreport/coconutoil.aspx

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-j- winograd/did-an- abused-monkey-pick_b_8341554.html

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/444001/CPET_Palm_Oil_Derivatives_in_Cleaning_and_Personal_Care_Products_08_07_15_External_FINAL.pdf

https://www.edf.org/health/policy/chemicals-policy- reform

 

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