Go ahead, take a whiff of this Canadian company's cleaners and detergents. They smell lovely without being overwhelming thanks to therapeutic-grade essential oils that impart aromas like orange, lavender and lemongrass. In an arena where competing claims make products hard to compare, the company's quality is easy to judge thanks to a green rating on Whole Foods Market's Eco-Scale and certifications from EcoLogo, Canada's well-respected third party verification program.
It's naive to assume the chemicals we use to wash our clothes don't in some measure come into contact with, and get absorbed by, our skin. Molly's Suds went above and beyond to cut out chemicals, GMOs, gluten, animal products, and pretty much everything else potentially nasty for our bodies, when the company developed its line of laundry and pet cleaning products. The products contain no parabens, sodium laureth/lauryl sulfates, phosphates or petrochemicals and use sustainably sourced sodium carbonate from Wyoming's Green River Basin.
The Sili Company
Squeeze packs were all over the Expo floor, but the amount of waste created by these mostly single serving one-time-use packages is depressing. The Sili Company has created a waste-free, easy-to-use alternative with its reusable squeezable pouch. Made with silicon and topped off with a spill proof spout, these pouches are perfect for baby food, lunchtime applesauce or a smoothie on the go.
Eucalyptus is the secret ingredient in Sacred Sleep's lovely line of blended bedding sets. Combined with organic cotton, the eucalyptus lends antimicrobial and moisture-wicking powers as well as strength (the company says its sheets last twice as long as regular cotton sheets). Eucalyptus trees are water efficient and require no fertilizers or insecticides to grow - a major advantage over water- and chemical-intensive cotton. Plus, the sheets get softer as you wash them.
These fun, funky watches do wonders with eco-friendly materials like bamboo, biodegradable corn resin, cork and recyclable Tyvek. The batteries are mercury-free and any diamonds used are certified and conflict-free. It's great to see everyday products redesigned with the entire lifecycle of a product in mind.