What makes a green product truly natural?

A truly green product should adhere to strict standards. It should be derived almost entirely (95%) from plants and minerals e.g. renewable sources. It should not have been tested on animals, and should be bio-degradable. It should not be associated with health risks to humans. And, ideally, it should be packaged using a sustainable (i.e. non-plastic) material.

Are green cleaners much more expensive than traditional products?

Green cleaners are somewhat more expensive than traditional cleaners, but are increasingly available at national stores, including Target, Home Depot and Trader Joes, at very competitive prices. And using green cleaners in the workplace may well improve staff morale and lead to higher productivity.

Do green cleaners work as well as traditional products?

Definitely. You don’t have to compromise when you use natural products. They have all been tried and tested, and passed stringent standards. They’re just as effective, if not more so, than traditional products, only they won’t leave behind toxic chemicals, harmful residues, or provoke allergic reactions.

What proof do I have that a green product is actually environmentally-friendly? Should it be approved by the EPA or carry some kind of logo?

If a product is truly ‘green’ it should be approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. It is also reassuring if it carries a third-party seal of approval, such as NPA (Natural Product Association) Sierra Club, or Eco Lodge.

Does green cleaning really make a difference?

Absolutely. How you clean your home and the products you use impact on you and your children in a big way. You won’t be breathing in toxic chemicals, you’’ll be expanding the lifespan of your furnishings and you’ll be protecting the planet too.