We pour chemicals down drains as once it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind. In the US, there are over 1,000,000 pounds of household cleaning products poured down the sink each day as a part of our regular cleaning rituals.
Canadian manufacturers are not obligated to disclose ingredients on their labels. There is no warning to consumers about the health and environmental hazards associated with the use of chemical laden household cleaning products. We absorb chemicals through our skin, through ingestion of residues left on dishes and in the air we breathe. The air inside your own home can be 200-500% more polluted than the air outside, largely due to toxic cleaning products. We are eluded that clean is good but you may not even know what’s inside those products and what harm it could be causing you, your family and the environment.
Keep These Harmful Ingredients Out of Your Home and The Environment:
Synthetic Fragrances –Almost all of the chemicals in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum. These can actually alter you skins surface tension and allow more chemicals to absorb through your skin. It can also cause allergies and asthma to develop and allergic reactions. They can build up in the environment and be toxic to aquatic organisms.
SLS and SLES - These are foaming agents. You can often find both of these in dish soaps, liquid laundry detergents, shampoos, bubble baths etc. It is a skin, eye and respiratory tract irritant that Environment Canada has categorized as inherently toxic to aquatic organisms, flagging it for further assessment. To make SLS less irritating, it is often ethoxylated (by adding ethylene oxide), resulting in the modified compound of SLES. But SLES is also a concern because it is contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer.
Dyes - They are just unnecessary to the actual cleaning function of the product. It’s a way to attract a customer and also hide any impurities. Why does a cleaner have to be blue or green for you to want to use it? Natural colors should be a selling point instead. Dyes are environmental toxicants, and some are even carcinogens.
Formaldehyde, also known as formalin – Does it not just make you picture that poor frog floating in that jar in science class - do you want to wipe your counters with that? It’s been classified as a known human carcinogen. It also causes asthma and allergies.
Bleach/Ammonia – Extremely dangerous, especially when they are mixed together and with other cleaning products. This can produce toxic and even fatal fumes.
Phosphates: A most common ingredient in cleaning products to control alkalinity and pH levels. Products heavy with phosphates can cause eutrophication, which throws off the balance of nutrients in rivers and streams.
As you make the shift to green cleaning, be wary on cleaning products that label themselves as “Green.” Watch out for Greenwashing - It’s when a company is actually spending more time claiming to be “green” through marketing but they don’t actually practice what they preach. Some cleaning companies are claiming to be using green cleaning products when they are in fact not. Be sure to read the fine print on labels and research the products and company’s you are using to be sure you’re getting the best for you and your family.
We live in a fast paced world where we want to cook dinner in the microwave and are frustrated when a web browser won’t load in a millisecond. Taking a little time to research what you bring into your home and put out into the environment can and will make a difference. If we shift from thinking short term to long term and from treatment to prevention, our lives and world we live in can be a healthier, safer place.
AspenClean Celebrates Earth Day!
Visit any participating store on Wednesday April 22nd and with purchase of any AspenClean product, you will receive a FREE microfiber cloth.*
One For You,
One For The Planet!
- 100% Natural Ingredients
- Eco-cert Certified
- Organic Essential Oils
- Full Ingredients Disclosed On Label
- Post-Consumer Material Packaging
All Participating Stores:
Whole Foods Robson
1675 Robson Street Vancouver, BC
Whole Foods Cambie
510 West 8th Avenue Vancouver, BC
Whole Foods Kitsilano
2285 West 4th Avenue Vancouver, BC
Whole Foods Market West Vancouver
925 Main St West Vancouver, BC
Greater Toronto Area
Nature's Emporium - Newmarket
16655 Yonge Street Newmarket Ontario
Nature's Emporium - Vaughan
2535 Major Mackenzie Drive West in Vaughan (Maple)
Whole Foods Market - Oakville
301 Cornwall Rd Oakville, ON
Whole Foods Market - Square One Mississauga
155 Square One Drive Mississauga,
Whole Foods Market - Yonge and Sheppard
4771 Yonge Street Toronto, ON
Whole Foods Market - Yorkville
87 Avenue Rd Toronto, ON
Whole Foods Market - Unionville
3997 Highway 7 Markham, ON L
Community Natural Foods - 10th Avenue Market
1304 10 Ave SW Calgary. AB
Community Natural Foods - Chinook Station Market
202 61 Ave SW Calgary, AB
Community Natural Foods - Crowfoot Market
850 Crowfoot Crescent NW Calgary, AB
Can’t make it into a location for the Earth Day deal? Visit our online store at shop.aspenclean.com and with a minimum order of one AspenClean product, you will receive a FREE microfiber cloth!*
*Limit 2 cloths per customer. Valid April 22nd 2015 only.