I am one of those odd people who enjoys doing housework; I am particularly fond of ironing, which I find very soothing. Because I do some housework every day, I don’t find the need to do spring cleaning as such, but for those who do, I thought I would share some Canadian cleaning products that are earth friendly, and whose companies have a long-standing commitment to the environment (i.e., no greenwashing). I make my own cleaning products, but for those who are not inclined towards DIY, and who want to use locally-made products, the list below might be of some use:
Bio-Vert: Bio-Vert environmentally-friendly cleaning products are manufactured by Savons Prolav Inc., a family owned and operated company based in Laval, Québec. They use only recycled plastic containers, and sell refills. An interesting fact is their use of square-shaped containers, which allows them to fit more of them on shipping pallets, and thus reduce transport costs.
Nature Clean: Their website is being overhauled right now, so I can’t determine where these products are made, but if memory serves, they are based in Ontario. Their products are all scent-free, which I very much appreciate.
Gentle Earth: This company is based in Victoria, BC. They sell products at both the retail and wholesale levels.
Attitude: These products are made in Montreal. The company uses renewable energy sources, is EcoLogo certified, and makes only vegan products.
Sapadilla: These products are made in Port Coquitlam, BC. Their products do contain fragrance, but it’s derived only from essential oils, and are phthalate-free.
Effeclean: These products are made in Toronto. The products are all plant-based, and the company does a very good job of explaining all the ingredients that it does not use.
Down East: The products are made in Dartmouth, NS. Their cleaning products were the first in Canada to be EcoLogo certified.