Way back in 2008 I read an article in Time magazine about the environmental impact of meat and I reduced my consumption almost immediately. It seemed (and still seems) like such a simple way to make a positive impact on the planet, and my diet. Since then I’ve also been trying to buy produce that hasn’t been treated with pesticides and bulk items that can be stored in reusable containers.
But my environmental concerns do not always extend to all other areas of my life, even though they should. I’m certainly doing some things right, but I often don’t consider the impact of my every day actions on the world around me. When I read other people’s blog posts about natural skin care products or environmentally sustainable clothing, I feel a little guilty. So when MyBlogSpark offered me the opportunity to try out Seventh Generation’s new natural dish liquid, I jumped at the chance.
The package from Seventh Generation was awesome. It contained 4 full size bottles of dish soap, 2 scour pads and 3 dish clothes made of recycled materials, and 2 sponges made of organic cotton, plus a 12” x 9” Le Creuset stoneware baking dish.
Brian and I have been using the same conventional dish soap for years, largely because that is the brand his mother uses. We’ve only had the opportunity to test the Lavender Floral & Mint dish liquid, but I’m sold. The lavender scent is light and doesn’t transfer to the dishes, but it’s present enough to making washing just a little more enjoyable. I hate doing dishes and I tend to generate a lot of them, so anything that can make it a little less painful is a winner in my book. All of the ingredients are listed on the back of the bottle and though I still didn’t know all of them (chemistry isn’t my strong suit), it’s nice to be using a plant-based cleaning product instead of a petroleum-based one. Seventh Generation dish liquid contains only essential oils and botanical extracts. It’s also free of unnecessary synthetic colors or chemically engineered scents. And, much to our delight, it cleaned really well. The only (minor) complaint I have is that the Seventh Generation soap is much thinner than ordinary dish soap, but that’s just something I’ll have to get used to.
Will we make the permanent switch once we’ve used up all the bottles from the prize pack? It’s looking that way. At my supermarket, the Seventh Generation dish soap is only $1 more per bottle than the brand we were using. That sounds totally reasonable to me for soap I feel better about using.
You can learn more about Seventh Generation on their website, Twitter and Facebook. Right now you can enter the “Nature Makes Perfect Scents” sweepstakes and have the chance to take a trip for two to visit one of the sourcing sites of Seventh Generation natural dish liquid fragrance ingredients.
But wait, there’s more! It wouldn’t be fair for me to brag about my free stuff without sharing with you. You can win a prize pack just like the one I received.
- 4 bottles of Seventh Generation natural dish liquid varieties in Free & Clear, Lavender Floral & Mint, Fresh Citrus & Ginger, and Lemongrass & Clementine Zest scents
- Premium 3 Qt. 12” x 9” Baking Dish from Le Creuset
- 2 Twist© loofah sponges and 2 Twist© scour pads made from 100% post-recycled materials
- Set of 3 organic cotton dish towels
Want to win? Just answer one of the following questions in the comments below:
- Which of the Seventh Generation natural dish liquid varieties are you most interested in trying?
- Which essential oil sourcing site would you be most excited to visit, if you were to win the “Nature Makes Perfect Scents” sweepstakes?
I’ll randomly select a winner next Tuesday, November 15th and announce who won in Wednesday’s post.
Disclosure: The Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid prize pack, product and information have been provided by Seventh Generation through MyBlogSpark.