Try these eco-friendly home cleaning brands

I believe that eco-friendly cleaning products are worth investing in, even though they are often twice the price of generic products. I want to reduce water toxicity, landfill, the production of plastic and protect my health from phthalates and other harmful chemicals. First though, I want to know which brands can actually back up their ‘eco-friendly’ branding.

The term ‘eco-friendly’ is still unregulated in most countries and vague enough to cover a barrage of issues so we researched some of the top environmentally friendly brands to check their credentials and see why it’s worth spending twice as much for their products.

Remember, the first and best way to be eco-friendly, is to BUY LESS!

Buy ‘multi-purpose cleaners’ then use them for multiple purposes. Stop buying 3 or 4 different cleaning products that all do the same thing, it’s a waste of money and adds to landfill. No one will think that you are slovenly, promise.

My 5 favourite eco-friendly cleaning brands:

Method

Eco-friendly because:

  • All ingredients are 3rd party evaluated and certified non-toxic;
  • Known toxic ingredients are never used;
  • 75% of ingredients are biodegradable;
  • Low carbon-footprint and water consumption despite growth of company;
  • 96% recycled and composted waste in production process;
  • No animal testing

Extra brownie points for:

  • B Corp certification which monitors ethical labour practices and transparency
  • Collaborations with artists for packaging design
  • Multi-purpose cleaners that cut down on products produced and sold

Range includes: Laundry, Kitchen, Dishes, Bathroom, Hand wash

Based in the U.K.

Ecover

Eco-friendly because:

  • All ingredients are 3rd party evaluated and certified non-toxic
  • Made in Belgium in ‘green factory’ that uses recycled rainwater and has plant roof
  • Packaging made from 75% Plantplastic -sugarcane based plastic- and 25% recycled plastic
  • No animal testing

Extra brownie points for:

  • B Corp certification which monitors ethical labour practices and transparency
  • ZERO range without fragrances for sensitive skin

Range includes: Laundry, Kitchen, Dishes, Bathroom, Hand wash

Based in Belgium

seventh generation eco friendly cleaner cleaning product

Seventh Generation

Eco-friendly because:

  • All ingredients are 3rd party evaluated and certified non-toxic
  • 95%-100% biodegradable ingredients certified by USDA Biopreferred Program
  • 100% recycled plastic packaging
  • No animal testing

Extra brownie points for:

  • B Corp certification which monitors ethical labour practices and transparency
  • Extensive company information and eco friendly advice on their website
  • Releasing sustainability and B Corp reports on their website
  • Fragrance free Sensitive skin range

Range includes: Laundry, Kitchen, Dishes, Bathroom, Hand wash, Diapers, Baby Wipes, Feminine Care products

Based in U.S.A.

mrs meyers eco friendly cleaning product cleaner

Mrs Meyers

Eco-friendly because:

  • All ingredients are 3rd party evaluated and certified non-toxic
  • Biodegradable ingredients
  • 25% recycled packaging
  • No animal testing

Extra brownie points for:

  • Excellent ingredients lists for each product that explain what each ingredient is and what it does
  • Great range of fragrances for products, created with essential oils
  • Large refillable containers available

Range includes: Laundry, Kitchen, Dishes, Bathroom, Hand wash, Body wash, Air fresheners

Based in U.S.A.

common good eco friendly cleaning cleaner

Common Good

Eco-friendly because:

  • All ingredients are 3rd party evaluated and certified non-toxic
  • 100% biodegradable ingredients
  • All lactic acid, corn derived and palm oil derived ingredients are from sustainable sources
  • No animal testing

Extra brownie points for:

  • 100% essential oil frangrances
  • Refillable bottles and refill stations in stores
  • Lovely packaging!

Range includes: Laundry, Kitchen, Dishes, Bathroom, Hand wash, Dry Balls

Based in U.S.A.

Extra sources:

Method; Ecover; Mrs Meyers; Common Good; Seventh Generation

Grab Green article on reasons to use eco-friendly cleaning products; Ethical Consumer article and Huff Post article on toxic chemicals in cleaning products.

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