Handbook on Eco-Friendly Household Cleaners

Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods produces its own line of natural, eco-friendly cleaners. Liz Burkhart, media relations specialist, weighs in on the company’s cleaning products.

More than 300 stores in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

All of the 365 Everyday Value and Whole Foods Market branded household cleaners are produced in the U.S. and Canada.

Burkhart: “Whole Foods Market is the first retailer to belong to all four of the EPA’s green partnerships: EPA Energy Star, EPA Climate Leaders, EPA Green Power Partner and EPA Green Chill. Since we were already an EPA Green Power Partner, we wanted to further demonstrate our commitment and share results with the industry by participating in Energy Star, Climate Leaders and Green Chill.”

Burkhart: “All of our liquid and boxed cleaning products are packaged in bottles or cardboard made from 50 percent to 98 percent post-consumer recycled content and are 100 percent recyclable.”

Burkhart: “We are 100 percent transparent about what is in our cleaning products – which is not the industry norm – and provide full disclosure of ingredients on the packaging. All of our house brand earth-conscious cleaners are phosphate, chlorine and phthalate-free and are only scented with 100 percent natural fragrance from essential oils. We also prohibit the use of ingredients with significant environmental or safety concerns, formaldehyde-donors, preservatives which have potential to release formaldehyde, phosphates, chlorine, synthetic colors and animal testing.”

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  1. What about BioKleen products? I was sorry not to see them listed and that’s what I buy.

  2. How about Seventh Generation products? What information do you know about their products in relation to your green cleaner revolution?

  3. Clorox GreenWorks is known to test on animals! If it isn’t kind to EVERYTHING on the planet in its production, then why count it? Obviously, it’s impossible to have 0 impact on a commercial level, but it’s so easy NOT to test on animals I don’t think they should be recommended.

  4. OnlyGreen is a Canadian company with an outstanding 6 point selection criteria for there products so they are green from ingrediants/manufactoring to disposal. AND the products really work. The cleaners and laundry soaps are just amazing! I find products like Green Works don’t work and they stink.

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