Concerns over the long term effects of certain ingredients in plastics and cleaners, like phthalate (do you know what it is?) are causing more people to read the labels on what they are buying. Organic and "green" products are growing in popularity. Many companies are offering more "natural" alternatives to chemical-based products. Here are some that come recommended:
Method products have continued to expand and now offer everything from hand soap, laundry detergent and bathroom cleaner to baby lotion, diaper cream, kids shampoo and body wash. On the website, Method also offers answers to questions, like, "What does the term "natural" mean? or "How does method choose ingredients?" Their products are available in Cincinnati at Target stores and Whole Foods. They also are available online. The tub and tile cleaner is a favorite.
Palmolive has created a line of dish washing liquid called "pure + clean." This is a favorite that does a fine job cleaning the dishes. "No unnecessary chemicals, no heavy fragrances, non-irritating dyes." Along with their other dish liquids, the Colgate-Palmolive Company now lists the ingredients of their products on their website. Palmolive is also working in a partnership program with the EPA to promote a safer chemistry that meets stringent criteria for human and environmental health. According to the "Design for the Environment" website, using these products can help "protect your family's health and the environment."
Many new companies are finding a market for eco-friendly products. Natural Home Magazine has started selling a line of products at Target stores that includes an organic cotton pot holder, cork coasters, and recycled stainless steel bag clips. Did you know that "cork is harvested from the bark of the cork oak and no trees are cut down in the process. Cork is the only wood source that can regenerate itself after each harvest." A portion of their proceeds is donated to American Forests, a charity that "works to protect, restore and enhance the natural capital of trees and forests."
Preserve is a company making recycled plastic into products. Recycled #5 plastics become cutting boards, toothbrushes, measuring cups and more. Cincinnati now accepts #5 plastics in their recycling program with Rumpke. Whole Foods stores around the country have #5 recycling bins collecting this plastic for Preserve. Preserve products are 100% recycled material, BPA free and made in the USA. Look for their products at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Jungle Jim's or Target stores.