When I arrived home this week from a trip to see my grandfather and my mother there was a lovely package waiting for me from Seventh Generation. Yesterday I took my daughter on a trip to our local natural product store (thank you Rainbow Foods) and picked up a few of the environmentally friendly products.
I am of the generation that first learned about acid rain and the hole in the ozone and all the things that human beings had been doing to hurt our environment and make things harder for future generations. I have known for years that I needed to change the way I do things and be more careful, but I have often chosen the easy or fast way of doing things. Now I have a daughter who is approaching 2 and I need to teach her about the effects our decisions can have on those around us.
Cleaning products have been a big thing for me – I have tried natural things before (vinegar and baking soda, Greenworks, etc) but I always go back to what I’m used to because I know it works. When I got the opportunity through Mom Central to join the Seventh Generation Nation (you can sign up here) I wanted to dive right in. I was given coupons to try a few different products and I picked up dish soap, cleaning spray, laundry detergent and baby wipes. I am very much looking forward to trying the diapers when they arrive as they were not yet available in my local store.
Baby wipes are a great tool in this house, not just for bums but hands, faces, table messes, makeup removal (Sara gave me that tip, I think). Seventh Generation baby wipes are made without bleach – something I don’t want to be rubbing on my baby’s skin or have her ingesting. I noted that these wipes weren’t as soft as name brand wipes, so I would probably stick with washcloths for newborn bums, but my toddler doesn’t seem to mind the difference at all on her hands and face.
My biggest fear about trying the laundry detergent was the smell. I love the smell of Tide, it’s what I grew up with, and I always thought that a more environmentally friendly product wouldn’t clean as well or smell as good. I was pleasantly surprised today when I moved the kid’s clothes into the dryer and then smelled fresh and clean as usual. All that and there are fewer chemicals going into my community’s water.
I tried the cleaning spray on the treadmill downstairs this afternoon – the treadmill that the kid decided would make a good chalk board. The spray and a good scrubbing got most of the chalk off, but I’m going to be trying it on different surfaces that are a bit easier to clean. The real test is going to be the bathroom tomorrow.
Share your best tip on how to be more environmentally conscious in the comments below before noon on September 15 for a chance to win a 100% organic cotton Seventh Gen Eco lunch bag as well as coupons for a free package of Seventh Generation Free & Clear Diapers, Free & Clear Baby Wipes and dish washing products provided by Seventh Generation.
Disclosure – I am participating in the Seventh Generation program by Mom Central Canada. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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