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Harmful Effects of using Heavy Detergents

By Anny on May 9th, 2013

Being Eco-friendly means that you choose to stay in harmony with nature, in all your activities. Often, we tend to focus more on widely publicized ways to reduce pollution, and conserve energy. But, in our daily routine, there are many such instances where we tend to unknowingly pollute the environment,and disturb the ecological balance. Here’s a look on how commonly used detergents can cause damage to the environment.

Harmful effects of using Heavy Detergents

We all use detergents in our daily life, with a standard washing machine cycle requiring at least 60 liters of water under standard washing conditions. The water from the machine is often let into drainage pipes, where it mixes with drain water and ends up in treatment plants. Often, these treatment plants let out the water into large water bodies such as lakes, rivers and seas, where the water would still have harmful phosphates which usually are not filtered in treatment plants. These phosphates are very harmful for marine life, as they promote the growth of rouge algae, which cause a decrease in the oxygen content in the water, and also release toxins. Eventually this damages the ecosystems in the water bodies, and slowly makes them unfit for a healthy marine life.

Phosphates are mainly used in detergents to soften the water, so that the detergent can act much better. Apart from phosphates, there are also fragrances which are added to give the detergent a pleasantsmell. This fragrances are often derived from petroleum bye-products, and other harmful chemicals,and do effect the marine life. Detergents also contain chlorine, PEG (Polyethylene Glycol) and other harmfulchemicals which are potentially dangerous to human and marine life. The main drawback is that suchtoxic chemicals, though in very minute proportions often dissolve in water, and are very difficult to befiltered. When such water is let into other water bodies, the dissolved impurities make their way in thewater, and as time passes, the level of such toxins reaches a very high proportion, making it very harmful for marine life.

One alternative is to use Eco-friendly and non-polluting detergents in for our daily needs. You can do your part by checking for Eco-friendly detergents while shopping and ensure that your product does not contain phosphates and other such toxic chemicals as active ingredients. Since detergents are something we all use on a daily basis, it’s highly recommended to look for a safe variety amongst the numerous options in the market.

Eco-Concepts USA- Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions

By Anny on May 1st, 2013

Eco Concepts USA is a green sea certified company that manufactures Eco-friendly cleaning solutions for a broad range of verticals ranging from domestic, industrial and marine cleaning requirements.  It’s also certified by The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program for its safer detergent stewardship initiative. The firm and its range of products are also certified by PETA and the carpet and rug institute.

The company is located in Miami Florida and its products are available with major retailer apart from an online purchase through their website. Their products are free from caustic cleaning agents, abrasives and ozone depleting chemicals You get to choose from low toxic and readily bio-degradable products made from renewable resources .any minimal dyes used are FDA certified.

Eco-Concepts USA- Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions

Do check out their stain removal spray and a wide range of janitorial cleaning products which include

1)      Carpet pre-spray:It safely removes all kinds of stains from carpet and upholstery. The CPS is safe to use on most carpets and fabrics, and will not affect most dyes and colors.

2)      Carpet extractioncleaner: The cleaner is formulated to remove oil, grease, tough dirt stainsand soil from carpets.

4)      Graffiti remover: The Graffiti Remover removes unwanted graffiti from a host of surfaces and renders the surface clean as before. It’s safe and environmental friendly.

5)      Rest room tile and grout cleaner:This is safe and effective against a number of flooring surfaces.

6)      Glass and window cleaner: The Glass & Window Cleaner is vinegar based and doesn’t contain stinking ammonia based compounds. It helps you easily remove many tough stains, smears, soot, water spots etc from glass and mirrors and leaves your surface sparkling clean.

7)      The High Performance Cleaner & Degreaser (HPCD) is a heavy duty surface cleaner that can wipe out the toughest of stains including tire marks, It can also be used along with mops and other cleaning equipment and is one of the most powerful surface cleaner in their range.

You can buy them from http://www.greencleans.com/

Vine.com -Your one Stop Eshop for Eco-Friendly Goods

By Anny on December 13th, 2012

Quidsi.com today launched vine.com which is an exclusive store for Eco-friendly products. You can now shop from thousands of Eco-friendly brands across a wide range of categories in the comfort of your home. All items are backed by Vine.com’s 365-day return guarantee policy.

Vine.com- Your one stop eshop for eco-friendly goods

 

All of their products are thoroughly reviewed to ensure that they are either from natural organic sources, or are non-polluting, or have been through an Eco-friendly manufacturing process. This ensures that you shop with a sense of pride for having contributed in safeguarding the environment.

You can search products by name, brand, category, certifications and also by criteria such as organic, gluten-free, cruelty-free, fair trade or energy efficient. A dedicated team of phone and email customer support staff would be available 24/7 to help you with your issues. You can also check the exclusive “Vine Picks” which are individually certified by their team. You also have an option to search for local retailers within a geographic range. By this you can promote local businesses and also reduce the environmental impact that shipping would have.

They have a huge selection of products which included apparel and accessories, sports and leisure goods and also gifting ranges. You can also shop for fair trade, made in USA and cruelty free listings. They also have an exclusive section for pets as well as for health and wellness.

The site offers gift certificates from $25 to $1500 which can be redeemed on merchandize through vine.com and their family of sites . Your referrals would get a flat 15% discount on their first purchase. The site offers free shipping for orders above $49 or $39 for combined purchases from their other sites. Shipping is fast, and you would get the product within 2 business days.

Seventh Generation Products

By Anny on December 9th, 2012

Seventh Generation is a Vermont based company which is one of the leading brands in personal care and household products which are both safe and eco-friendly. It distributes products to natural food stores, supermarkets, mass merchants, and online retailers across the United States and Canada. You can locate a nearby store by using the “Where to buy” link in their site.  You can also shop online from seventhgeneration.alice.com

Firmly driven by their mission statement- “To inspire a revolution that nurtures the health of the next seven generations”, they constantly look into innovative ways to built sustainable products and decrease their energy footprint. Excluding water, about 63% of the materials they use are renewable and about 31% are from a recycled origin.

You can browse through products in baby care, household cleaners, laundry, disinfectants, recycled paper, feminine care etc. They are famous for their range of chlorine free diapers and eco-friendly range of detergent products.

Almost all of their product and outer packaging boxes are now made from 100% post-consumer recycled cardboard. A majority of their plastic bottles now contain at least 80% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic.

 

Seventh Generation products

Their products are manufactured in the most sustainable way possible, using ingredients that do not pose chronic health risks and are safe for the environment. They are also free from harmful chemicals and other toxic materials which can harm both the user and the environment.  They also list the ingredients on all of their products. All of their cleaning range products are compliant with the international “Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative”.

They have also partnered with Clean Well Company to produce a range of Seventh Generation Disinfecting Cleaners which kills 99.99% of household germs botanically on hard nonporous surfaces. The major constituent in this cleaner is Thymol which is derived from common garden herb thyme.

http://www.seventhgeneration.com/

How to keep environment clean from Toxic chemicals

By Anny on June 6th, 2012

Toxic chemicals

We know certain that how we can turn the things away from our lives if they have any side effects, prove to be dangerous or hazardous to lives of human beings or any other living beings on the earth. It opens our eyes to everything around us and our head out of hole when it comes to remove toxic chemicals. For some people, it may look abruptly when they experience some health problem or have adopted a pet. (more…)

Green Moms Unite to talk about toxic chemicals

By Anny on June 6th, 2012

Toxic chemicals

Everything from food we eat to human care, cleaning and daily use products as well as yards contain toxic chemicals. Involvement of toxic elements in all the items we use every day have become a major threat of the time and need to get the quick environmental friendly solution for it. No one among us will like to expose to these toxic and harmful chemicals. However it is important to go forward, and where to being? Or make force people to find the compact solution for it. (more…)

How to go green with Laundry

By Anny on May 23rd, 2012

go green with Laundry

Though in start it may look like a pedestrian chore to you for how to go green with laundry, but doing laundry has great impacts than what we may think. According to a report by Marks & Spencer and Proctor &Gambles, 75 to 80 percent of our clothing’s lifecycle depends on their drying and washing processes. (more…)