Mr. Clean, Mr. Clean- perhaps you're not so clean after all. We've all grown up with Tide and Downy and Snuggle Soft, but wait: those tricky little phosphates and fluorescent chemicals that bleach our T-Shirts are exceptionally hard on our skin, toxic to fragile aquatic life, and furthers our dependence on oil. Yes, much to our dismay, we now know that most common laundry detergents are made from petroleum based cleaners which use oil. This is both completely ironic and also disgusting, not to mention a completely non-biodegradeable substance with a huge output of greenhouses gases. So it's time to scrub organic everyone..You can buy vegetable based detergents which are renewable, and they don’t leave a residue that can irritate sensitive skin. Happily there are companies committed to products that are safe for us and for the planet. Look for Seventh Generation, Ecover, Caldrea, and Meyers- all of their products are made with plant-derived ingredients using essential oils to provide natural freshness and cleaning potency. Yes - it's two dollars more to buy the organic detergent, but come on, you have two dollars for the earth.
"In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”
For more information, check out www.seventhgeneration.com , www.ecover.com, www.meyers.com and www.caldrea.com . Many thanks to MY MOTHER, author of this post, who is single-handedly making the red state of Kansas green with her indefatigable efforts.