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Old 08-09-2007, 02:01 PM   #1
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Environmentally Friendly Products
I think "saving the planet" is on a lot of peoples minds lately what with global warming, polluted oceans, etc being popular topics in the news. I'm starting this thread for you to share what environmentally friendly products you have used and how they work for you..good or bad.

To keep this topic easy to read for everyone I've got a few guidelines.
  • NO discussion about global warming, pollution, etc. This is a topic for products. Start another topic if you want to debate.
  • Make your product names only in bold black so when scanning this thread they are easy to find.
  • Please link to a product whenever possible and list retail stores that may sell them as well.
  • Review the products you have tried so we can get an idea of how well they work.
  • Try to keep your lists to products you have tested yourself or know of others that have used them.
Okay, I think that will keep this thread easy to read. I'm really looking forward to finding some new products.

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Old 08-09-2007, 02:12 PM   #2
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I use the shower control and I love it. Cleans hard water spots, soap scum and doesn't gas you out of the shower while you clean it. I bought mine at Home Depot and it's a little more pricey than other cleansers but I got tired of the fumes produced with such cleansers as Lysol bathroom and Tilex. I'll definitely look into their other cleaners. I hope they really are earth friendly and it's just not a marketing ploy though.
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Old 08-09-2007, 02:39 PM   #3
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I use Seventh Generation laundry detergent. It's working well (I have the lavender scent, but will try the free and clear if it's at my health food store next time I need it). Clothes are getting as clean as they were with All Free and Clear.
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Old 08-09-2007, 02:45 PM   #4
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We use Simple Green at the barn I work at. It is completely non-toxic, biodegradable, and environmentally safe. It's the only thing we can use to clean the horse's water bucked and feet tubs because it won't hurt them if it doesn't get washed out completely. And it smells good too.

You can get a gallon jug of it at your local Home Depot.. But I'm sure they have smaller sizes too.
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Old 08-09-2007, 03:50 PM   #5
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The first thing that comes to mind is my daughters' lunchboxes from Laptop Lunches. We had started using waxed paper bags in lunches instead of plastic last year, but I was still really bothered by all the waste so we bought these. The amount of garbage generated in school lunch rooms is staggering.

It was funny -- the week of Earth Day they had "waste free lunch week" where everyone was encouraged to pack lunches that didn't generate any garbage -- and we didn't even have to think about it 'cause aside from paper napkins our lunches are waste-free
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Old 08-09-2007, 05:29 PM   #6
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I also love the Seventh Generation dishwashing soap (for handwashing), shower cleaner, toilet cleaner... basically everything they make is awesome.

All at trader joe's and whole foods too.

And my all-time favorite: meyer's lemon scrub stuff (only the ending is a real name, it's like a substitute for comet, only it smells good too). Also available at whole foods, and probably normal supermarkets too.
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Old 08-12-2007, 02:37 PM   #7
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Just came across this today

I subscribe to

and they have a sister site with lots of info
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Old 08-12-2007, 05:25 PM   #8
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Something I began in February is the following, recommended by a friend and detailed at So far, I'm only saving the grease in the freezer. When the weather turns, I'll mix up a batch.

Make your own home-make suet cakes. I save all the bacon fat in a coffee can and when itís nearly full I melt it down and add corn meal, peanut butter, honey, and chopped fruit or nuts, then pour this in tuna cans, let harden in the refrigerator, and nail the can to a tree. Donít use seed in this mixture because birds that are attracted to suet are insect eaters, not seed eaters. Most commercial seed cakes have seed in it and the birds attracted to the suet drop the seed to the ground which eventually gets eaten by a ground eating birds so why bother? Home made suet mixture is very popular with lots of birds, but the squirrels love it too. Put one tuna can on the window sill platform just for the small birds and one out on the tree for the squirrels and woodpeckers.
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This thread is AWESOME, Janny!!

Re: the plastic bag issue, we use Seventh Generation (linked to several times above) garbage bags... they are biodegradable.

We also use Seventh Generation TP, napkins, dishwasher detergent & rinse agent, baby wipes (for DH... dont ask. ) , and several other things that I cant remember at the moment. We shop through

Does anyone know of any good eco/wildlife-friendly solution to algae growth in fountains/birdbaths?
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Old 08-14-2007, 01:11 AM   #10
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I don't have any product knowledge, but you might try, it's now a Gaiam company and they used to carry things like this.
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