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27 April 2016

Join Us at CHFA West! - Booth #1745



Visit AspenClean (Booth #1745) at CHFA West: Western Canada’s largest natural health and organics trade event! Register for FREE by April 29th!

About CHFA West 
CHFA West 2016 takes place Sat May 14th & Sun May 15th at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Visiting retailers will meet hundreds of natural health manufacturers, distributors, and brokers. With 65,000 square feet of innovative products, 650-plus industry-leading exhibitors, and a wide range of educational seminars, CHFA West is your chance to network, learn and grow your business! 

Register for FREE by April 29th!
Use the discount code below to register for the show online by Friday April 29th & receive FREE entry! If you miss the online deadline, you can still use the code when registering in-person to receive a discounted rate. This offer is valid only for retailers and natural health practitioners.
DISCOUNT CODE: W16F9






About the CHFA 
The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) is Canada’s largest trade association dedicated to natural health and organic products. Their mission is to lead, empower, and support members to promote the growth and advancement of the organic and natural health products industry. The natural health product industry contributes $3 billion, and the organic product industry contributes another $4 billion to the Canadian economy. CHFA is committed to promoting and protecting both. Formed in 1964 from a grassroots community of health food pioneers, CHFA now represents over 1,000 member businesses across Canada. Learn more at chfa.ca



18 April 2016

Happy Earth Month!














Toxic chemicals can cause a range of health issues, from birth defects to cancer. This Earth Month, we discuss the toxins found in common household cleaners and the steps you can take to ensure harmful products aren't used in your home.

More than 80,000 chemicals have never been fully assessed for toxic impacts on human health and the environment. Here are some common toxic compounds to avoid: 


Phthalates: Perfumes that are causing males in many species to become feminized. They also promote early onsets of puberty, fertility issues & even possible birth defects.

Parabens: Preservatives that can increase the risk for cancer – particularly breast cancer. This chemical also has a negative impact on reproductive functions.

SLS/SLES: They are known for being an irritant to the eye & skin. They may also form into a carcinogen when combined with other toxic chemicals.

Dyes: The chemical ingredients used to produce artificial colors are considered toxic, carcinogenic & they may even contribute to ADHD.

Triclosan: It is classified as a pesticide, which can contribute to heart disease & failure. It also can negatively affect hormones & may disrupt normal breast development.

Fact source: healingthebody.ca/five-common-household-chemicals-to-avoid
Fact source: blog.naturalhealthyconcepts.com/2012/07/16/what-toxic-chemicals-is-your-body-absorbing-infographic



5 ways to avoid toxic compounds & protect your health: 


EWG Rating: Visit ewg.org/guides/cleaners for their guide to healthy cleaning.

Ingredient Disclosure: Look for products that disclose ALL ingredients.

Avoid Fragrances & Dyes:
 Choose products without dyes & which use natural scents such as essential oils.

3rd-Party Certification:
 Look for products that are 3rd-party certified, such as EcoCert® certification (ecocert.com/en).

Natural Recipes:
Choose products with natural formulas, or make your own simple cleaning recipes.
















AspenClean will be at Nature's Emporium & Whole Foods Market locations across Toronto & Vancouver this week in celebration of Earth Day on Friday April 22nd. Stop by to talk to our team about your Earth Day resolution and pick up a FREE Microfibre Cloth with purchase of any AspenClean product!

For those who can't visit us, shop in our online store for a great deal! Use promo code "EarthMonth" for 15% off all AspenClean products until April 30th!

Vancouver 

Friday April 22nd - Whole Foods Robson, 11-3pm
Saturday April 23rd - Whole Foods Park Royal & Whole Foods Cambie, 11-3pm
Sunday April 24th - Whole Foods Burnaby, 11-3pm

Toronto 

Wed April 20th - Nature's Emporium Vaughan, 12-4pm
Thursday April 21st - Nature's Emporium Newmarket, 10-2pm
Friday April 22nd - Whole Foods Unionville, 11-2pm & Whole Foods Square One, 12-4pm
Sunday April 24th - Whole Foods Oakville, 10-2pm & Whole Foods Yonge & Sheppard, 4-8pm






11 April 2016

Whole Foods Vancouver: Spring Free From Cleaning!















Spring Free From Cleaning! April 13th-26th



Enter the Draw

To celebrate Earth Month, AspenClean is giving away a Spring of free cleans - 3 months worth of cleaning services, valued at $1000! Enter the draw for this amazing prize at any Greater Vancouver Whole Foods - West Vancouver, Cambie, Robson, Kits or Burnaby locations.

Share Your Earth Day Resolutions 

Earth Day is on Friday April 22nd. Share your Earth Day resolution on Facebook or Twitter for an extra contest entry! Tag @AspenClean & @WFMVancouver, and use #EarthDay in your post.

Pick Up Product On Sale!  

While you're entering the draw, pick up some AspenClean products on sale! Our All-Purpose, Bathroom, Kitchen and Glass Cleaners will be on sale for $4.99 at all locations! (Regular price $8.95)



To find the closest Whole Foods to you, click below
Locations 




7 April 2016

AspenClean Among Top-Rated EWG Products



About EWG


The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Their research shows that the cleaning industry still has a long way to go to ensure that the cleaning products we use are safe. Many brands make it difficult, if not impossible, for consumers to learn whether a product contains chemicals that can cause reproductive problems, exacerbate asthma, burn or irritate your skin or harm the environment. 

Their analysis revealed that:

  • Almost three-fourths of common cleaners contain ingredients that may have worrisome effects on respiratory health.
  • More than one-fourth received scores indicating moderate to high health concerns because they contain ingredients or possible impurities that have been linked to increased cancer risk.
  • One-fifth of products got scores indicating moderate to high health concern because they have ingredients associated with developmental, endocrine or reproductive harm.
  • Almost half of the products were rated “poor” on disclosure because their ingredients are not adequately listed on product labels and company websites.

The AspenClean Difference


The EWG studied 237 bathroom cleaners to assess their safety. Only 4% received an “A”, more than 50% of the cleaners received an “F” rating. Many of these products contained chemical ingredients with proven side effects, including everything from skin irritation to cancer. We are proud to say that every single AspenClean product was deemed “A-level”. 


Top-Rated: AspenClean's Bathroom Cleaner, Glass Cleaner, Dish Soap & All-in-One Concentrate 


In addition to presenting AspenClean with their best rating, the EWG has added our Bathroom Cleaner, Glass Cleaner, Dish Soap and All-in-One Concentrate to their select list of "top-rated" products. We value and appreciate the EWG's continued support of AspenClean products in their mission to promote human health and the environment! Learn more about our "top-rated" products below: 

Bathroom CleanerOur Bathroom Cleaner contains organic lime & lavender essential oils.  This foaming bathroom cleaner is formulated to work best on soap scum and hard water marks. It is safe and effective on multiple bathroom surfaces.

Glass CleanerOur Glass Cleaner contains organic lime essential oil  and cleans glass, windows and mirrors without leaving streaks. It is safe and effective on kitchen and bathroom fixtures, tiles, chrome and enamel.  

Dish Soap - Our Dish Soap contains organic geranium & orange essential oils. Our ecological liquid dish soap leaves dishes sparkling while being gentle on your hands.

All-in-One ConcentrateOur All-in-One Concentrate contains organic grapefruit & lavender essential oils. It is a powerful and economical one stop solution, effective for most cleaning needs. It can be diluted up to 40 times, or can be  used as is for all those super challenging jobs. 

1 April 2016

Toronto's 10th Green Living Show!



The 10th Green Living Show takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from April 15th - 17th. This 3-day event features thousands of eco and health related products, influential speakers, toxic-free beauty and fashion, and a much-anticipated food feature with local, organic food created by some of Toronto's top chefs!
Get your tickets!

If you received a PROMO CODE from us, enter it into the "Promotional Code" box before hitting the "Buy Now" button 



Show Specials
Visit us at the show (booth #637) to take part in our special promotions:
  • 25% off all products!
  • Free Microfibre Cloth with the purchase of 2 AspenClean products! 
  • Enter our draw for a chance to win a free cleaning service or free products! 


Stage Giveaways

To help celebrate the show`s 10th anniversary a set of 10 AspenClean products will be given away from the main stage each day of the show! (4 Cleaning Sprays and 4 Microfibre Cloths, along with a Dish Soap and SuperScrub powder)


Follow AspenClean on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to learn about the show as we get closer to the event!

We look forward to seeing you there!





28 March 2016

Spring Cleaning the Natural Way














Here at AspenClean, we believe in living naturally. While Spring Cleaning season means giving your home a good scrub down, we remind you to avoid the use of chemicals in your cleaning routine. What many don’t realize is how all those chemical-filled cleaning products can be hazardous to the environment and personal health; on average, there are more than 150 toxic substances linked to cancer that float around our homes! Having a sparkly-clean house this Spring can be achieved without using harmful chemicals - trust these simple and traditional tools!


Your Natural Cleaning Kit

1) Baking Soda
Cleans, deodorizes, and is a good scouring powder

2) White Vinegar
Cuts grease, and is a mild disinfectant

3) Lemon Juice
A mild bleach, and deodorizes

4) Borax
Bleaches, deodorizes, and is a mild disinfectant

5) Pure Soap (Castile Soap)
A general purpose cleaner that is completely biodegradable

6) Washing Soda
Cuts grease, and bleaches

7) Lavender & Tea Tree Essential Oils
Natural antiseptics against bacteria, viruses, and fungi

8) Vodka
A natural disinfectant

9) Citric Acid
Cuts grease and is a natural cleaning agent

10) Grapefruit Seed Extract
A natural antiseptic


Natural Cleaning Recipes 

All-Purpose Cleaner 
Mix 30ml (2 tbsp-tablespoons) pure soap (such as Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap) with 1 liter warm water. Add 60 ml (1/4 cup) lemon juice to help cut grease. Or mix 60 ml (1/4 cup) baking soda (or Borax) with 1 liter (4 cups) warm water. Add 60 ml (1/4 cup) lemon juice to help cut grease.

Glass Cleaner
Mix 60 ml (1/4 cup) vinegar or 15 ml (1 tbsp-tablespoon) lemon juice with 1 liter warm water.

Tub & Tile Cleaner
Mix 500 ml (2 cups) baking soda with 30 ml (2 tbsp-tablespoon) borax. Separately, mix 15 ml (1 tbsp) pure soap with 1 ml (20 drops) of lavender essential oil. Combine liquid and powder in one container and mix together. It is great on sinks, tiles, tubs, toilets, etc. – it will get your kitchen and bathroom sparkling.

Mold Remover/Deodorizer
Mix 250 ml (1 cup) water with 10 ml (2 tsp-teaspoons) tee tree oil. It removes mold from surfaces and can be used on walls, ceilings, basements and to deodorize toilets.

Bleach
Use washing soda and borax. Mix 125 ml (1/2 cup) washing soda or borax with 1 liter hot water.For laundry, add 125 ml (1/2 cup) washing soda in each load to whiten whites and brighten colors. For additional cleaning power, add 125 ml (1/2 cup) borax. Sunshine is the best disinfectant in the world! Just put your laundry out on the sun for an hour. Your clothes will smell and look great!

Disinfectant
In 1 liter spray bottle, add 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp-teaspoons) citric acid powder, 1.2 ml (1/4 tsp) borax, 250 ml (1 cup) vodka, 25 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract, and 750 ml (3 cups) purified water.
It is safe to use on carpets, bed linens, etc.

Air Freshener-Lavender Mist

Add 30 drops of lavender essential oil to a 150 ml glass mister bottle filled with warm distilled water. Shake well before spraying. Enjoy the aromatherapy.


Quick Tip: To remove rust from stainless steel surfaces without harsh chemicals, make a paste from cream of tartar & a small amount of lemon juice. Wipe on and buff off...and done! Stainless steel can also be cleaned with undiluted white vinegar to keep it shining day to day.














5 February 2016

The Biggest Myth About Green Cleaning Products


Here's a question we ask ourselves a lot at AspenClean: why don't more people use green cleaning products?

A decade ago, there was an easy answer: alternatives simply weren't available. Or they were expensive. Or they simply didn't work.

Now, of course, everything has changed. Green cleaning products are everywhere, and rarely cost significantly more than their toxic alternatives. (You can see how affordable our products are in the AspenClean shop).

But one lingering problem remains- and it's the biggest myth AspenClean has been working to overcome. The popular perception is that green cleaning products don't work.

The idea is that you need corrosive, toxic chemicals in order to deal with the messes and stains of everyday life. Paradoxically, people think that hazardous chemicals are a necessity in order to make your air "fresh."

Strange- to us, at least. But the myth persists- that all-natural cleaners are featherweights, and can't hold their own.

We are working to change that. We came up with a full, comprehensive line of cleaning products to tackle every spill and mess in your home- even the tough ones. And we put those products to the test everyday with our residential cleaning services.

AspenClean home-cleaning has always been a premium service- and our customers expect exceptional results.

But we trust our products. And so we only equip our teams with AspenClean all-natural cleaners. The results speak for themselves. AspenClean continues to get fantastic reviews in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto- definitive proof that green is all you need.

But a picture is worth a thousand words. That's why we were thrilled when an AspenClean customer named Carla sent us the following images of her experience cleaning old stained copper pots. For this job, Carla trusted AspenClean all-natural dish soap. Take a look:





A job well-done by Carla. And she did it without any exposure to harmful chemicals, and without causing damage to the environment.

That's the win-win-win of green cleaning products.
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