Please share your recommendations for eco friendly products.

(25 Posts)
Coprolite Sat 29-Sep-12 16:50:36

I am gradually attempting to replace both household cleaning products and toiletries with eco friendly and ethically produced items if possible.

Can anyone share their experiences of what is good,bad and affordable from the selection out there? Since many of the things are more expensive I really don't want to make too many mistakes while selling my family on this lifestyle choice.

PigeonPie Sat 29-Sep-12 16:57:14

I use BioD washing powder, washing up liquid and bathroom cleaner (when I don't use the Eco cloths). For personal stuff I don't think you can beat the Faith in Nature range which has soap, shower gel, shampoo etc.

I also use soda crystals and White vinegar.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 29-Sep-12 16:58:39

I really like the Method range (except stainless steel cleaner), they all work well and smell gorgeous, unlike ecover which I found occasionally adequate and everything smelt like cheap pine.

Problem with Method is its from the US so loses some green points for the shipping distance. Ecover have just bought them, so I don't know what difference that will make.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 29-Sep-12 17:00:02

Oh yes, previous poster reminded me. I rarely use cleaning products as ecloths and water does the job in most cases.

I will need to have a look at the Faith in Nature stuff...

Coprolite Sat 29-Sep-12 17:41:03

The Faith in Nature stuff sounds worth a look at. So far my experiments have included almond,tea tree coconut and lavender oils for various uses,a Neals Yard face cream that was a freebie with a magazine (and is lovely) and some halos and horns shampoo for the kids (which seems to lack a bit of oomph on very dirty hair).

I already use washing soda instead of posh stain removers and it seems every bit as effective and I've ditched the fabric conditioner.I have a nice new box of ecover washing powder to open when my current store's own one runs out.

I agree that e cloths are great. know I need to break my Pledge habit - but what for?

Thanks for all the advice so far! Keep it coming!

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princesschick Thu 18-Oct-12 10:14:35

Hi Cop

We've made big changes this year because of a perceived hormone problem with me that was preventing me from getting pregnant and DH having constant allergies and eczema. Plus when we started looking into this we became horrified at the chemicals used and the impact they can have on health, not to mention the environment. (We're currently renovating our home to make sure it's as non toxic as it can be...oh and after 6 months of making these changes I'm 6.5 weeks pregnant)

Here is a run down of what we're doing:

Toiletries: Green People shampoo, conditioner, make-up remover, sun cream, moisturiser and eye cream. Mistry's organic potenised soap with vitamin E (which is actually a shower gel and cheap and completely fragrance free and about £3 a bottle) www.houseofmistry.com/shop/organic-soap-with-vit-e-p-15.html - this is a great all-rounder and DH uses as shampoo and face wash too. For Xmas pressies and birthday treats, we're asking for REN and Neil's Yard stuff, which is more pricey but absolutely lovely. We use Tom's of Maine toothpaste.

Make-up I use Beauty Without Cruelty make up which is really good value and their waterproof mascara is as good as most luxury brands (I actually prefer it to the Christian Dior one I was using previously), I also use Lavera, Organic Glam, Green People and Nvey. I use Dr Lipp's nipple balm (100% medical grade lanolin) as a lip balm / lip gloss, which is just fab. I bought this from Space NK for about £11, it's a small tube but lasts ages and is much better than vaseline. I'm sure there must be a cheaper tube somewhere, I just haven't found it smile

Cleaning Ecover, method and faith in nature. As others have said e-cloths, water, vinegar, bicarb, lemon juice, drops of aromatherapy oils to scent are all great too. Have you thought about a steam mop with attachments for cleaning the bathroom, blinds, kitchen, cooker etc yes it uses electricity but no chemicals and steam will disinfect everything naturally and effectively too. smile

Good luck smile

zzzexhaustedzzz Thu 18-Oct-12 10:20:09

Ooh, have never thought of a steam mop. Any linkage to one?
I use ecover. The washing up liquid is great.

princesschick Thu 18-Oct-12 10:46:42

zzz I'm thinking of one of these (we are with the in laws waiting to go into the new home - can't wait grin grin grin) as it is more than a mop and can clean grout, refresh fabric, clean ovens and loads more. You can even use to get the creases out of delicates https://www.thanedirect.co.uk/ (oh and yes we have seen it on the shopping channel blush even DH was like "whoah I totally want one of those!"

However, Which recommend this as the best steam mop 90T1-E and state that it cleans floors better than the than h20 mop.

princesschick Thu 18-Oct-12 10:48:34

Sorry, link above doesn't work - should be Bissell Steam Mop

ecokimbo Sun 04-Nov-12 07:59:08

I have recently bought a karcher steam mop. It's great for all my floors and i'm still finding out where else i can use it!

GeordieCherry Sun 04-Nov-12 08:06:20

BioD smells better than Ecover, & is cheaper, for laundry & cleaning
The hand wash is in a big dispenser & lasts ages
Ecover pomegranate washing up liquid

Need a better dishwasher tablet though... Any suggestions?

ecokimbo Sun 04-Nov-12 18:20:02

I think the only thing in the BioD range that isn't great is the dishwasher tabs. I love the washing up liquid and i like the fact thst it's a british company

brought an Eco egg for the washing machine- I love it!!! I havn't brought any washing powder since early last year. Fresh clean clothes, cheap, environmentally friendly - what more could you want? smile

SparkyToo Fri 15-Feb-13 21:04:43

organic cotton pillowcases which feel like silk! What a luxury. Look great too.

mamaonion Sun 03-Mar-13 18:58:35

Been trying ecover dishwasher tabs, with separate rinse did and normal salt. Results great so far, and no nasty perfume taste on plastics.

LoveMyBoots Sun 03-Mar-13 19:10:06

I agree that Evover dishwasher tablets leave no nasty taste on plastics, and seem to clean well. I use their rinse aid as well, but have just started getting a sticky residue on some of the cutlery - not sure if it's rinse aid or salt problems. Haven't changed any of the dishwasher settings.

Just started using ecloths - they're great! Not so sure about the ecloth floor mop, but I'm more likely to clean the floor now as it's so easy, so it will probably be cleaner.

Bicarb is good for stain removal (tea stains, rust stains on crockery, stainless steel sinks), distilled vinegar is amazing on limescale.

Dorisday13 Fri 05-Apr-13 10:31:21

Ecozone ecoballs - only used them for a couple of weeks but totally converted to them!

ecokimbo Fri 12-Apr-13 18:06:44

Kleenap paperless loo roll is another good one

SummitWeb Fri 26-Apr-13 16:44:46

My absolute favourite retailer of Eco friendly organic baby clothes, maternity wear and toxin free toiletries is www.ScampsandScallywags.com

Superb range!

CantStopEatingCheese Tue 04-Jun-13 23:57:45

Glad I found this thread as I've thinking of going more natural with cleaning products. I already use ecover laundry liquid which does a fine job. I saw an ad for Splosh (www.splosh.com - sorry on phone so can't do links) which I'm tempted by. They seem cheaper and they deliver refills and also as the refills are concentrated (you add hot water to them) the packaging is reduced and also you are not transporting the equivalent water content. Has anyone here tried them? I don't want to get the starter pack and then discover they don't really work.

lmcin Mon 15-Jul-13 21:20:42

I buy all of my eco friendly products from Wikaniko, it saves me carrying them home & I don't have to spend ages trying to read the labels whilst getting rammed in the shins. The bio-D range is fantastic & the packaging is eco friendly too. I'm tempted to try the biowash balls because I wouldn't have to buy any laundry liquid for a couple of years. They have different distributors & the one I use is www.ecomum.wikaniko.com

stephy3 Tue 17-Sep-13 11:26:00

I get some of my toiletries and gifts for friends and family at Really Eco Baby (reallyecobaby.co.uk). All the products are eco-friendly and ethical and prices are kept low.
You can also find some home cleaning products.

jojo68 Sat 21-Sep-13 14:05:55

I buy most of my products on line from greensteps.wikaniko.com.
All eco-friendly, natural and cruelty free products available at high street prices including household, health and beauty, bamboo, pets and baby. I love the bio-D and Astonish range also the Faith In Nature shampoo's and shower gel's are great.

YouCanEco Sun 08-Dec-13 20:00:43

It's really hard to find the best and most affordable option. I love bamboo fabric and eco cleaners... Just as affordable! We have lots of info on these products www.youcaneco.com

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