Simple Green: Taking the Doctor’s Orders

published Jul 22, 2008
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A 12lbs package was just dropped off with a notable thud downstairs at our doorstep. Inside the medium size box was the start of a new age in our household, shown above. We’re phasing out almost every cleaner and soap (though not shampoo and facial cleanser yet; Emily is investigating making our own natural formula versions with ingredients like flax seeds and olive oil) and replacing it with Dr. Bronner’s products, continuing our own Green @ Home journey…

Our front garden project is a slow going one (finally finished pulling out all the dead plants and I’m still sifting through the dirt for larger rocks, stones, organic matter), so we decided to focus inside the home. We’ve been primarily a Method cleaning products household. But Emily has found herself to be sensitive to the scent of their products, aggravating her allergies. Her solution was to order this year supply of Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-In-One cleaners. Ignore the fact that the photo of Dr. Bronner on the website looks like a striking resemblance to one of Spiderman’s worst enemies; his selection of soaps come highly touted and have earned him a passionate following.

Made of organic virgin coconut, olive, jojoba, hemp and essential oils, Dr. Bronner’s products are also notable for the fact they’re USDA National Organic Program certified and also certified Fair Trade. And because we purchased in bulk, we’ll be able to just refill out attractive Method foaming soap dispenser and dish washing soap containers, while using the bar soap in the tub (smells good too!). It’s a small change, but it will result in a less artificially scented home, with less chemicals and a lot less packaging waste throughout the year.

Got a similar Green @ Home solution or change in lifestyle you’d like to share? Remember we have a load of free giveaways from Ecover and a beautiful Raksha Bella bedding set to giveaway to one randomly chosen winner (it’s not a contest, so everyone has a fair chance of winning). We’re accepting entries till the end of this month, so enter below…


Please send us photos and info on how you live green@home. This is not a contest, just a way to build up an AT inspirational database of sorts on how real folks are living greener at home.

Simple, straightforward ideas are welcome, like how you deal with your recycling bin in a small kitchen, and so are ambitious projects – like your amazing green roof. We hope to have a big archive of ideas to inspire us all by the end of the month.


6-26-ecover1.jpg6-26-ecover3.gifIn exchange for sharing your green@home ideas, Ecover will reward the first 100 ApartmentTherapy readers, who submit photo/essays demonstrating ways in which their lives are green, with their choice of Ecover Liquid Laundry detergent, Ecover Dishwashing Liquid, or Ecover Glass & Surface spray cleaner. Each of the first 100 will also receive Ecover Heavy Duty hand cleanser.

Raksha Bella will reward one lucky sweepstakes winner with a complete bedding set made from all certiefied Indian organic cottons. The set includes a queen-sized duvet cover, quilt, two pillow cases and two European shams in the winner’s choice of three designs. The Classic Collection from Raksha Bella features sumptous textiles in traditional Indian prints, handblocked with lowimpact and vegetable dyes. Choose from the Raj Paisley (available in Indigo or Rum Raisin), Tree of Life (in Canton & Mimosa) or Indian Rose (in Dusty Cedar, Cress Green or Indigo). A retail value of $1,165.00.


To enter the Green @ Home Giveaway, please submit below. Submissions will be posted from July 7th to August 1 and winners will be notified by August 8th.


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