Powerful eco-friendly cleaners will knock out the dirt but not you

Ecover hob cleaner
Ecover oven cleaner carries a powerful punch but won’t knock you out

You’ve finally finished cooking.

But the hob is dirty again!

You want to reach for something close by that will clean it quick. But it has to be powerful too without causing too much fuss or fumes that will knock you out.

Ecover have an eco-spray that will tackle burnt on food and thick grease.

Just because it’s eco-friendly don’t let the plant and mineral formula fool you. The spray packs a powerful punch and will cut through grease like simply and effectively.

Whether it’s ovens or hobs, BBQs or extractor hoods, Ecover Oven & Hob Cleaner is just the power you need without the overwhelming fumes.

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Your chance to win eco-friendly goodies

Earth Friendly, makers of eco friendly domestic products, are celebrating because they’ve now installed enough solar panels and other devices to run their manufacturing totally on renewable energy.

The award winning ECOS 2-in-1 laundry detergent
The award winning ECOS 2-in-1 laundry detergent

The family firm make a huge range of household cleaners including the award-winning ECOS 2-in-1, a concentrated laundry liquid made from plant extracts with a built-in coconut-based fabric softener. All of their products are sustainable, pure, plant-based formulas which are pH neutral, vegan, not tested on animals, and free from environmentally damaging ingredients.

To invite you to celebrate with them Earth Friendly are giving away 10 prize starter kits consisting of trial sizes of ECOS Laundry detergent, Dishmate Washing-Up liquid, Parsley Plus Surface cleaner and Wave Dishwasher Gel.

To enter the competition send me an email with your name and address and I’ll announce the winner in this week’s newsletter. (Closing date: Thursday 19th April 2012. UK addresses only.)

Good Housekeeping Institute rates Ecover’s eco-friendly products

When Spring arrives it will be time to don the marigoldsand get back into Spring Cleaning. It’s a challenge but it’s worth it.

Natural cleaning products that make the grade
Natural cleaning products that make the grade

This week students will be campaigning for a greener way of living, but how does the responsibility of protecting our future partner with the housework?

According to The Good Housekeeping Institute green cleaning need be a chore no more.

The consumer group recently awarded its coveted seal of approval to five of Ecover’s hard-working cleaning products, including their Non Bio Laundry Liquid, their Pomegranate & Lime Washing Up Liquid and their Non Bio Laundry Powder. Products only get the Good Housekeeping Institute stamp when they have passed their Consumer Quality Assessments.

Ecover products are often rated because they are hard working and tough on grime but kind to you, your family and the environment.

Should it be Fair Miles not Air Miles? – Take the test

Vegetables and flowers imported by air from Africa often result in smaller greenhouse gas emissions than produce that is grown in heated greenhouses in Europe. Crucially, more than one million people in Africa depend on this trade for their livelihoods.
— Bill Vorley, International Institute for Environment and Development

I’ve often been disgusted by the thought of mountains of vegetables rotting on a poor land’s borders because richer countries can use technology like industrial freezers to control the supply. There’s no long-term thinking here – if you don’t help your neighbour today, they won’t be able to help you tomorrow.

Even more shocking is that all our concern over importing food might well be negated by the fact that we throw away so much – about a quarter of edible food is trashed in the UK! It’s all about how we shop.

Take the test
But rather than let me rant on about eco-awareness take a test yourself to see how much you really know about your carbon footprint. (The test is run by The Carbon Trust)

Have you tried the Method Laundry Liquid yet? Smaller bottles and easier to use.

Laundry Revolution! That’s how Method are describing their new washing liquid.

Method - it’s a lean, mean, stain-fighting machine
Method - it’s a lean, mean, stain-fighting machine

That’s because: It’s easier. Four squirts straight into the machine – that’s it! And the bottle is so small and light it could fit into your handbag.

It’s smarter too. The liquid formula is ultra concentrated, it uses a 1/4 of the dose of the leading brand, but it’s made from plant-based ingredients too, which means…

It’s greener. It has a 35% smaller carbon footprint and it’s made of 95% natural and renewable ingredients. It’s a lean, mean, stain-fighting machine.

One surprised customer wrote:

The commercials often speak of how this or that product cleans so much better or leaves your clothes feeling softer, but I just don’t believe them. So when I get home and my wife tells me ‘this stuff is really good!’ I’m genuinely impressed.

We regularly use a leading brand of eco-friendly washing detergent, but thought we’d give the new Method Smartclean a try. The washing was notably cleaner and softer. The fragrance is pleasant, but not overpowering, and at 26p per wash we make quite a saving.

The 300ml bottles of Method Smartclean Laundry Free & Clear, Peony Blossom or Fresh Air can be found at GoodnessDirect. Try it and let us know what you think.

Sustainable resources for the kitchen – a little love from If You Care

Can you be eco-friendly when baking in the kitchen?

If You Care you can!

If You Care are committed to providing you with environmentally friendly  products for you to use while you cook.

You can make a difference
You can make a difference

Items such as coffee filters, baking cups, baking paper, sandwich bags and aluminium foil, even environmentally safe firelighters if you cook with wood or charcoal.

Paper products are unbleached and biodegradable. Everything is recyclable and oils and inks are made from vegetables.

Every care is taken to ensure that each step – from factory to store shelf – conforms to strict standards for the conservation and protection of our greatest asset – the environment.

If You Care products are available from GoodnessDirect but check their website, ifyoucare.com, for more valuable information.

Toiletry range friendly to your kids, and the earth

It makes sense that by caring for the earth we should be caring for the ones we love most.

Simple ideas like that can revolutionise your life.

When you buy something to keep a baby clean it must never be dangerous to a child. And it’s logical that what we use for our children should never be a threat to the environment either.

That’s why, as much as possible, Earth Friendly Baby’s creams and wipes come from natural sources. Ingredients harvested from plants are chosen because they work in harmony with your body, and the earth. Artificial colouring or synthetic fragrances don’t get a look in.

A child’s bubble bath should be fun for everyone, including your peace of mind.

A baby cream should soothe and calm and bring inspiration to your conscience.

A child friendly handwash should keep germs at bay and help kids think about the world around them.

That’s the way a sensible life works.

Earth Friendly Baby and Kids products are made to help your family get the very best out of life – at a price everyone can afford.