Go green with everything from cleaning products to organic linens.
Going green doesn’t have to mean an overhaul of how you live. One simple way to start: Choose products that reduce your home’s ecological footprint and are made in sustainable Earth-friendly ways. Here are our top picks.
1. Clean Sweep
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Concentrate in Basil, $12, mrsmeyers.com.
We’ve been eagerly awaiting an official Canadian launch of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products since 2001, and it finally arrived earlier this year! The products are free from petroleum, chlorine bleach, parabens, phosphates and phthalates. At least 98 percent of the ingredients in this biodegradable cleaner are plant-derived. It’s great for all nonporous surfaces, such as countertops, sealed stone and granite.
2. Find Your Place
Crisscross placemats, $74 per set of four, bottlecloth.com.
These graphic placemats add a high-impact punch to your table, and since they’re made from recycled plastic bottles, they’re highly durable and spill-resistant. They won’t fade, shrink or lose their shape after washing, either.
3. Watered Down
Waterpik PowerSpray+ seven-mode fixed-mount showerhead, $42, walmart.ca.
Use the water-saving spray while shaving or lathering up to save money.
4. Dish Duty
The Honest Company Honest Dish Soap in Lavender, $8, indigo.ca.
You can feel good about using this nontoxic biodegradable dish soap from The Honest Company (cofounded by actor Jessica Alba) to scrub everything from pots and pans to baby bottles to toys.
5. Creature Comforts
Santorini Diamond organic duvet, $387 to $453, bambeco.com.
U.S. home company Bambeco, which sells sustainable decor items, from furniture to wall art, has taken being green even further by partnering with conservation org American Forests to plant a tree for every purchase. We love this diamond-striped 100-percent-organic cotton duvet, made using reclaimed water in an eco-conscious factory.
6. Waste Not, Want Not
Bokashi Living Bokashi Composting Starter Kit, $102 to $126, bokashiliving.ca.
Bokashi, a Japanese method of composting, uses fermenting bran to transform food scraps into nutrient-rich compost in four to six weeks. It’s speedy, doesn’t smell and you can toss in just about anything—including meat and dairy.