Spring Cleaning: Green Laundry Products

Spring Cleaning: Green Laundry Products

Anne Reagan
May 4, 2010

You've chosen to live a life free from products that have chemical additives, test their products on animals or do harm to the environment. You've made a greater commitment to sustainable products and spend time reading the labels to ensure your products align with your beliefs. But can you find a non-toxic, vegan, biodegradable, etc. etc. product that will actually get out your stains?

In short: yes! When it comes to environmentally friendly and "green" laundry products there is a large array of choices. Below is a list of companies that offer eco-friendly laundry detergents. Many of these companies also believe in creating sustainable as well as socially responsible products. Be sure to follow the links and learn more about the specific ingredients.

Afraid that the cost of these green alternatives may be too high? Luckily for the consumer, organic and eco-friendly products are becoming more common and more attainable. Many of the companies listed below offer great detail as to the cost per load for their product compared with national brand products. And because many are concentrated a smaller amount of detergent may be needed to do the job.

Concerned that the green products may not work with your new high-efficiency washing machine? Many of the products listed below have HE compatible detergents. Be sure to read their suggested products for your particular machine.

The Clean Environment Company: This is a company geared toward commercial cleaning needs. They provide cleaning products for Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and over 50 other National Parks and many resorts located in National and State Parks

Cot'n Wash: Based in Pennsylvania, Cot'n Wash laundry products are phosphate-free, biodegradable and not tested on animals.

Ecover: Founded in Belgium in 1980, Ecover has been at the forefront of creating phosphate-free washing products. In 1992 they built the world's first ecological factory with a grass (sedum) roof. They believe in products that have a minimum impact on aquatic life and are safe for septic systems.

The Good Home Co.: Uses aromatherapy and tests their products on people not animals. Their laundry products are biodegradable, paraben-free, phosphate-free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free, cruelty-free and 100% vegan.

The Laundress: This company was founded by two women with extensive fashion experience who realized that many of their high-quality clothes did not need to take an expensive trip to the dry cleaners. In their frustration they developed a non-toxic washing detergent that could get things clean yet was safe to use on delicate fabrics like cashmere and silk. The Laundress uses recycled materials and essential oils. Their products are allergen, phthalate, phosphate and paraben free and are 100% biodegradable. The Laundress offer a great price comparison chart illustrating load by load cost comparisons.

Method: The core of Method's business is a Cradle to Cradle philosophy; meaning that technology is employed to create truly sustainable products, almost a reincarnation of materials. Their laundry products are sustainable, not tested on animals, and the ingredients are climate conscious. Their website has a philosophy of ingredients that is very interesting to read.

Mrs. Meyer's: This was one of the first "gourmet" and green products to go mainstream. Their laundry products are biodegradable and phosphate free and made with natural essential oils.

Nellie's: Based in North Vancouver, BC, Nellie's offers pre-measured biodegradable laundry "nuggets" that can be dropped into your machine

Seventh Generation: A self-described socially responsible company, Seventh Generation offers laundry products that are non-toxic, biodegradable, hypoallergenic, free of phosphates and optical brighteners, safe for septic and greywater systems, not tested on animals and are kosher-certified.

Simply: This UK company produces a seriously green product. In fact, Scott Base (New Zealand's leading Antarctic research center) uses their cleaning products to minimize environmental impact in this valuable environment. They are members of the Vegan Society and offer several different washing detergents to best suit your family's needs.

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