In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would share my top 6 favorite “green” products with you. I’m not as environmentally friendly as I should be, but I try to do as many little things as I can: use non-toxic cleaning products, recycle plastic bottles, use energy efficient light bulbs, turn off lights when I leave the room, etc.
Muruch’s Top 6 Green Products:
1. Seventh Generation‘s All Purpose Cleaner
To be honest, I initially began using non-toxic cleaning products more for the sake of my cats than for the earth. I worried about their little paws picking up bleach when I cleaned the kitchen floor or shower. I use this cleaner on just about every surface in my house, including the carpet (spot check for discoloration before using on your own).
Unless you live near a Drug Emporium, Seventh Generation products may be difficult to find. So I also recommend Green Works (available in Krogers & other grocery stores), but I have a fondness for Seventh Generation since it was the first eco-friendly brand I tried.
These green cleaners sometimes require a little more effort to remove hard stains, but for general cleaning I’ve seen little or no difference between them and the harsher bleach products. So you get the nice shine without the chemical odor.
2. Green Works‘s Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Not only does it clean as well as any toilet bowl cleaner without harmful odors or toxins, it has a very yummy citrus smell.
I rec any and all of Kashi’s food. I’m pretty much on an all-Kashi diet. Personal favorites are the TLC Tasty Little Chewies Trail Mix Granola Bars, TLC Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Cookies, TLC Country Cheddar Cheese Crackers, GoLean High Fiber Cereal, and Mediterranean Pizza. All of Kashi’s products are made with all natural ingredients (mostly whole grains & flax seed) with no preservatives and usually low in fat. I’ve tried just about every product, and they are all delicious in addition to being healthy.
4. Kiss My Face‘s Peaceful Patchouli Shower Gel & Foaming Bath
All natural, 100% biodegradable, no animal ingredients or artificial colors, and not tested on animals. It’s a little pricey for shower gel and again, not easy to find offline (around $6 at Drug Emporium). So I must admit I also buy other brands for daily use. But I get this anytime I can afford it and it’s such a nice treat. The patchouli is strong enough for the scent to stay on your skin all day, but light enough that the smell isn’t overwhelming.
5. Energy Star Lightbulbs
You can get energy efficient light bulbs from various brands at just about any store (Kroger, Kmart, Target, even the dreaded Walmart). Just look for the Energy Star label, which means they’ve been approved for energy saving by the government. My only complaint is that they don’t work with older lamps, but for light fixtures and open lamps they are wonderful. They’re more expensive than the cheap traditional bulbs, but they last so much longer and are just as bright. And in addition to the environmental benefits, I noticed that my power bill was reduced (I think by about $10 a month) when I switched to these bulbs.
6. Reusable Shopping Bags
This one I am just now getting into, as until now they weren’t available in my area. But my local Kroger and Target stores have recently begun selling them – Kroger even sent me a coupon for 1 free reusable thermal bag. I have yet to collect enough to do a big shop, but I’m working on it. Not only does bringing your own bags to shop prevent the waste of plastics bags, but the reusable ones are so much stronger so you don’t have to worry about them breaking.
What are your favorite Green products?