5 Natural Cleaning Brands Trying to Save the World

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Someone famous once said, “Everybody wants to save the earth; no one wants to help mom do the dishes.”  Ain’t that the truth? Well, not anymore. What if I told you we can save the earth while helping Mom and Dad do the dishes? Yup. I know - it all seems too good to be true. But that means you now have no excuse to sit on the couch playing with your little mobile device but instead start changing the world one clean dish and one clean house at a time!  

Most of these organizations share similar values and are utilizing the same sustainable practices so even though they may be competitors, they are certainly united in their mission of a cleaner and healthier world and that’s pretty cool and worth supporting.
 

Method

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Their mission: To put it very simply, their mission is to make homes happy and healthy.

Sustainable practices
Animal safety: All of Method’s products are safe to use around pets in the house. They never do animal testing, nor do they include animal by-products in their products.
Climate conscious: They aim to strategically reduce their carbon emissions, utilize renewable energy sources for all their offices and manufacturing locations, and use biodiesel to power over a third of their US shipping trucks. Also there’s a focus on renewable and recyclable practices within their product line.
B Corp: Method uses the B corp concept whose vision is “to create a new sector of the economy that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.” Being a B corporation is the equivalent to what fair trade certification is to coffee setting an expectation to meet certain standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Learn more about B corp here

Products: Body, dish cleaners, hand, home cleaning, laundry

Where you can buy it: Target, Amazon and a variety of other retailers

 

Seventh Generation

Their mission: “To inspire a consumer revolution that nurtures the health of the next seven generations.”

Sustainable practices
Recyclability:
All Seventh Generation products are 100% post-consumer recycled bottles!
Eco-friendliness: Their dish liquid is 95% USDA certified biobased formula - meaning they come from plants. Most dish liquids consist of only 25% plant-derived ingredients.  
Seventh Generation Foundation: Their foundation focuses on “stewarding social and environmental progress in the communities where we live, work, and do business through education, environmental conservation, research, and advocacy.”
B Corp: They’re a B Corp certified too!

Products: Household (dish, laundry, hand, trash bags, etc.), baby, feminine care

Where you can buy it: Target, Amazon and a variety of other retailers

 

ECOVER

Their mission: “We’re on a mission to lead a clean world revolution.”

Sustainable practices
Sourcing: Along with other companies in this list, Ecover, is striving to not only make their products impeccably sustainable but also their supply chain. They only work with other manufacturers who share their same values.
Eco-friendliness: Ecover uses mostly natural plant-based ingredients because they are 3 things: renewable, biodegradable, and replace crude-oil substances. They also never test on animals.
Ecological factory: Ecover believes in clean manufacturing so much that they built an ecological factory in Malle, Belgium made with over 90% recycled and renewable materials. They even planted a living green roof helping with insulation. Pretty cool! You can check it out here.

Products: Household, hand, laundry, dishwash

Where you can buy it: Sprouts

 

Thrive Market

Their mission: “Our mission is to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone.” They make 3 promises: 1. Only the highest quality healthy and natural products 2. Always at prices 25-50% off retail 3. Always committed to sustainability and social justice

Sustainable practices
Non-GMOs: 
Thrive Market passionately believes that the world should be free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and a focus on providing USDA Certified Organic options wherever possible (which prohibits GMOs). Fun fact: over 70% of food sold in the U.S. contains some form of genetically modified ingredients. Awesome... 
Giving back: When a customer purchases an annual membership with Thrive Market, you also donate one to a low-income family, teacher, veteran or student. 
Variety: The great thing about Thrive is that you can find a wide variety of products and can shop by categories such as fair trade certified, dye & additive free, fragrance free, hypo-allergenic, cruelty free, ethically sourced... and SO much more. 

Products: Home, food, bath, beauty & body, health, baby, pet supplies

Where you can buy it: Thrive Market (on their own site!)
 

Dr. Bronners

Their mission (or “cosmic principles”): 1. Work hard and Grow! 2. Do right by customers 3. Treat employees like family 4. Be fair to suppliers 5. Treat the Earth like home 6. Fund & fight for what is right!

Sustainable practices
Fair trade: Dr. Bronners has invested over $2.5 million fair trade premiums that has helped economically and socially develop farms and communities for over 20,000 people through relationships they've established with organic farmers. 
Packaging: You'll find these products in 100% post-consumer recycled packaging! For their shipping boxes, they only use 100% PCR (post-consumer recycled) corrugate too. 
Energy: They utilize solar panels at their employee facility along with they've committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills down to just 1 dumpster a month - and they're well on their way!

Products: Body care, home care, food

Where you can buy it: Thrive Market, Amazon, Target, Trader Joe’s, drugstores


Well friends, that is all for this week. I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for stopping by! Go show these amazing businesses some love on social media. 

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