Green cleaning starts with a commitment to the earth

by Lisa Moeschler

Spring cleaning is a great opportunity for greener cleaning! Thanks to the extra daylight, warmer weather, and fewer messes from tracking the wet, muddy outside in, we can finally return our homes to the places of serenity they once were. And, we can clean with a clear conscience by using eco-friendly brands that are kind to our bodies as well as the planet. Would you like to win a complete supply of products, along with sponges, towels, and the like? Just enter our free product give-away (up to a $100 value) that we’re offering our e-newsletter subscribers this spring!


  • 100% of the energy used in their manufacturing and offices is offset through wind power credits.
  • Saves water in manufacturing by using ultra-concentrated cleaning product technology pioneered in 1989.
  • Products are free of phosphates, chlorine, ammonia, petroleum solvents, butyl, glycol ether, brighteners, artificial colors, and artificial fragrance.
  • Bottles are generally recyclable as #1 or #2. Their eco bottle is a plastic reduction that uses a compostable shell.
  • Products never tested on animals.


  • All five manufacturing plants use solar energy and are carbon-neutral, protecting us from exposure to over 50 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually.
  • Readily biodegradable, pH balanced, greywater and septic safe, and made using 100% renewable energy.
  • Zero Waste Platinum certified at all five manufacturing facilities, diverting 95% of the waste from landfills through reducing, reusing, and recycling.
  • 70 EPA Safer Choice Program – certified formulas, one of which is ECOS Dishmate dish liquid (available at BriarPatch while supplies last).
    Products never tested on animals.

Better Life

  • Made from plant-derived cleaning agents, including coconut, corn, and soap bark, with natural scents from botanical extracts.
  • Safe for waterways and marine life.
  • Free from perfumes, dyes, alcohol, ammonia, bleach, chlorine, chloroform, ethers, ethoxylates, parabens, petroleum solvents, phosphates, phthalates, sulfates (SLS/SLES), and triclosan.
  • Products never tested on animals.

Mrs. Meyers

  • Uses concentrated, biodegradable formulas with at least 25% post-consumer plastic in their bottles.
  • Made with essential oils and never contains chlorine bleach, ammonia, petroleum distillates, parabens, phosphate, or phthalates.
  • Phosphate-free.
  • Products never tested on animals.

Seventh Generation

  • Uses 100% post-consumer recycled bottles that display ‘How to Recycle’ icons on each package
  • Using recycled materials, saved 1.1 million trees and 2.9 million cubic feet of landfill space over 15 years.
  • Products including their Natural Dish Liquid, 95% of whose ingredients are derived from plants, are third-party tested by an independent lab.
  • Free & Clear Liquid Laundry Detergent and Free & Clear 4X Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent are EPA Safer Choice program certified.
  • Products never tested on animals.

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