Now that Earth Day and the spring season have officially arrived, many Americans are in their eco-conscious cleaning modes, and while spring cleaning is necessary if not a little exciting (downsizing! de-cluttering! finding everything you once thought was lost forever!), the very products used to clean and protect your living space from germs could be harmful to both your family and the environment.
According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, more than 50% of human poison exposure victims are children younger than six-years-old, and with sixty-three hazardous chemical products in the average American household-according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission-it’s no wonder so many kids are coming into contact with harmful chemicals on a daily basis at home.
According to a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Seventh Generation, 70% of parents with kids under six-years-old store their household cleaning products and solutions under the sink, but 47% cannot name one ingredient in the cleaners that they are using and storing within reach of their children.
You may already be using “eco-friendly” products in your home, but some of the products on the market are not always what they appear to be.
Seventh Generation challenges you to take a closer look at the products you have been using and to kick off your “spring cleaning” by first cleaning out what is under your kitchen sink.
To help get you started with your under the kitchen sink makeover, Seventh Generation would like to send FIVE eco-savvy 5MinutesForGoingGreen readers a starter kit of Seventh Generation products for you to use for your every day cleaning needs.
(Total value: around $30-35 USD, per starter kit.)
Each of the five! starter kits we’re giving away will include the following Seventh Generation cleaning products encased in a handy reusable tote bag:
- Emerald Cypress & Fir Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Ruby Grapefruit & Herb Natural Glass Cleaner
- Green Mandarin & Leaf Shower Cleaner
- Green Mandarin All-Purpose Cleaner
- Emerald Cypress & Fir Tub and Tile Cleaner
- Wild Orange & Cedar Kitchen Cleaner
- One roll of 100% recycled paper towels.
All of Seventh Generation’s products are non-toxic and biodegradable, hypo-allergenic, they aren’t tested on animals, and they are also kosher-certified. Awesome, no? Seventh Generation discloses all of their product ingredients on their website, and all of their paper products are comprised of 100% recycled paper.
I myself have been using the Seventh Generation cleaning arsenal for the past week and a half and already I’m thoroughly impressed. The products pack a serious cleaning punch, while not leaving our home laden with the typical chemical-heavy post-cleaning smells. To put it simply: I’m a believer, and I think you will be too as soon as you try some of their products.
We’re definitely going to help you with that this week.
How to get in on the green giveaway action? Simple.
1) Just leave a comment on this post anytime between today, Wednesday April 22nd, and Sunday, May 3rd by 7pm EST and consider yourself entered. (Be sure to use a valid email address when leaving your entry comments, as I’ll use that email address to notify the winner of the contest.)
2) Because it’s Earth Day and we like you, for a second giveaway entry come back here at any point between today and Sunday, May 3rd by 7pm EST and offer a green living tip (anything you want), and consider yourself doubly entered.
On May 3rd I’ll use a random number generator to pick one winner, so be sure to check back on the site on Monday, May 4th to see if you’ve won!
Some additional contest-related details, and to recap:
* As always, non bloggers are welcome to participate!
* Contest entries are open from Wednesday, April 22nd through Sunday, May 3rd at 7pm EST.
* Five winners will be drawn randomly and I will announce the winners Monday, May 4th. Please make sure to check our site and your email address to see if you have won a prize. We must receive your reply within 5 business days. (The sooner we hear from you, the better!)
* This contest is open to US & Canadian shipping addresses. Due to legal restrictions, this promotion is not available in Arizona or Quebec.
* Please see our site’s Terms and Conditions of Use for a complete list of our Contest and Giveaway Rules.
Earth Week Tip, The Third:
“Use chlorine-free dishwasher detergent.The chlorine in conventional detergents is easily vaporized by hot dishwasher water and then released into your home’s air.” -10 Quick Tips for Green Cleaning
Bonus Links, to keep you reading green this week:
- Habitat Heroes is a wonderful new social networking site built for kids to cultivate the little environmentalist within. The site officially launches today. There is also a video in which Polly the Polar Bear explains Earth Day in a kid-friendly manner.
The story behind the site:
Sharon Lowe, a native-Australian and former New York resident saw that her children were spending a great deal of time online and wanted to create a place for them that was both entertaining and worthwhile. Several months back, there was a series of wildfires tearing through much of Australia, and Sharon’s children were having some profound concerns about these fires and the environment. The idea of Habitat Heroes came to her as a way to address the issues occurring within our environment and tap into just how tech-savvy the children of today are.
- In addition to helping you make-over your green cleaning, Seventh Generation also wants to share a great new resource called Health eHome that will help you uncover the hazards lurking in your home. Seventh Generation created Health eHome in collaboration with WebMD and Healthy Child Healthy World to provide a personalized educational platform that helps uncover potential dangers and hazards identified as “hot spots” in a virtual home. The tool also has an expert blog that provides trusted information on creating a cleaner, greener lifestyle, and you can test the safety of their home by doing a “Health eHome Check,” where they can get personalized results and an action plan for their home.
See you tomorrow for more great green giveaways, Earth Day tips, and bonus links to keep you winning, thinking, and clicking green all week long!