HOW TO GREEN CLEAN & OUR TOP 6 BRANDS
By Sarah Roker
Adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle isn’t just about recycling anymore, there are many ways to go green, especially at home. Sustainable or green cleaning refers to cleaning your home naturally without unpleasant chemicals as well as reducing the use of plastic or non-biodegradable products and appliances. These brands won’t pose a threat to your health or our earth and generally aim to be more considerate and sustainable.
Using green cleaning products is sustainable because it’s a way of protecting the ecology of the earth by not emitting harmful-by products into the atmosphere and waterways. Unlike smog-producing chemicals, green products won’t contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer. They’ll almost always be available in recyclable packaging too which means there’s a reduction of single-use plastic too.
But if you needed another reason to go green when it comes to cleaning – well then you’re in luck. Using eco-friendly products means your home will essentially be healthier too – you’re less likely to breathe in any harmful chemicals – which can even be absorbed through your skin too. Past studies have shown that using cleaning sprays as little as once a week could heighten the risk of developing asthma, whereas green cleaning reduces these chronic illnesses.
Lastly, government regulations don’t require ingredients to be listed in chemical cleaning products. Whereas you most definitely would have heard of the ingredients used in eco alternatives – think vinegar, olive oil, and lemon juice.
With this in mind, here are our top 7 eco-conscious brands:
A pioneer of natural cleaning, Ecover was founded over 40 years ago and has worked toward bringing natural products to the mainstream. After launching their original phosphate-free washing powder in 1979, they’ve branched out to create plant-based home cleaning products, including laundry detergent, dishwashing tablets, glass cleaner, multi-action spray, limescale remover, and more. Additionally, Ecover are now working on crafting bottles from recycled plastic and collaborating with suppliers locally who share the same core values.
Neat produces beautifully-designed cleaning products in order to cut down on waste and single-use plastic. Their aim is to help protect our planet by creating simple solutions that inspire everyone to make sustainable choices. Neat’s home cleaning collection includes refill bottles crafted from lightweight and durable aluminum that will stand the test of time and a selection of small but mighty concentrated refill bundles in grapefruit and seagrass fragrances, and another that is fragrance free.
Bower Collective was created to help you reduce waste from your homes. It’s both natural and sustainable and focuses on creating refill pouches and reusable glass or PET dispensers – you can even refill your pouch through the post to be washed and reused so that single-use packaging is reduced again! They offer a selection of washing up liquids, cleaning sprays, floor cleaners and more; alongside glass bottles and reusable dispenses for you to keep and recanter your product into. Check out their other household items including 100% recycled aluminum foil, unbleached parchment baking paper, and beeswax food wraps.
NORFOLK NATURAL LIVING
Green cleaning also applies to appliances too. Norfolk Natural Living crafts a collection of home utensils including pot scrubbing brushes made with beechwood handles and natural bristols, copper pads, linen cleaning cloths, feather dusters, and more. Each of their products is handmade at their workshop in Norfolk, where they also produce a range of natural cleaning products with ingredients that are non-toxic and free from chlorine and bleach. As they use PET packaging, these products can also be refilled at their store in Holt.
Ecoegg is an innovative and effective way of doing laundry without single-use plastic. Its hero product is the Eco Laundry Egg which acts as a complete replacement for laundry detergent and fabric conditioner by replacing it with natural mineral pellets. They work by lifting away dirt without fading colours or leaving chemical residue on clothing and last roughly for 70 washes. Additionally, the Ecoegg is free from harmful chemicals as well as palm oil, sodium lauryl ether sulfate, parabens, petrochemicals, enzymes, and phosphates. It has been approved by Allergy UK and is ideal for those with sensitive skin.
KINN Living’s collection of cleaning products is made in the UK and crafted from only pure essential oils. It’s free from harsh chemicals, synthetic fragrances, dye, and animal by-products. Its collection features neroli fabric conditioner and detergent, lavender & rosemary washing up liquid as well as a range of organic skincare.
Sarah Roker is a contributor to THEFORWARDLAB and a product writer for Net-a-Porter. She has previously written for publications such as Refinery29 and worked as a copywriter for brands including Jimmy Choo, Matches Fashion, Selfridges and Project 0. She is passionate about creating an eco-friendly lifestyle and advocating for sustainability within the travel, fashion and culinary industry.