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Innovations to Make Cleaning Greener

March 4, 2024

Innovations to Make Cleaning Greener

The Problems with Conventional Cleaning Products

Conventional cleaning products often contain harmful chemicals like ammonia, bleach, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and phosphates. When these chemicals go down the drain, they can contaminate water sources and harm wildlife. Many conventional cleaners also come in disposable bottles made of plastic, which contributes to plastic pollution. For these reasons, conventional cleaning products have a significant environmental footprint.

The Rise of Green Cleaning

In recent years, consumers have become more aware of the impacts of cleaning products and have demanded greener options. Green cleaning refers to cleaning methods and products that are environmentally friendly. The green cleaning movement aims to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals and minimize waste.

Some of the key innovations in green cleaning are:

Natural Ingredients

  • Many green cleaning brands use plant-based ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, and soap berries. These natural products get the job done without harsh chemicals.

Concentrated Formulas

  • Concentrated cleaners contain very little water, so you only need a small amount to effectively clean. This reduces plastic packaging waste.

Reusable Packaging

  • Some green cleaners come in recyclable glass bottles or aluminum bottles. Some brands even offer refillable cleaning systems.

Biodegradable Formulas

  • Green cleaners are designed to break down quickly without persisting in the environment. They are often certified by organizations like the EPA’s Safer Choice program.

Eco-Friendly Manufacturing

  • Many green cleaning companies use renewable energy, carbon offsets, and ethical sourcing in their manufacturing processes to further reduce their ecological footprints.

Examples of Innovative Green Cleaning Products

Here are some interesting examples of innovative green cleaning products on the market:

Blueland Cleaning Tablets

Blueland sells dissolvable cleaning tablets that you mix with water in reusable forever bottles. The tablets eliminate single-use plastic waste. Blueland offers multi-surface, bathroom, glass + mirror, and hand soap tablets. The reusable bottles are made of aluminum and plastic.

Grove Collaborative Cleaning Bricks

Grove Collaborative offers concentrated cleaning bricks for laundry, dishes, surfaces, windows, etc. Just one cleaning brick mixed with water in a reusable bottle makes 16-34 loads of cleaner. The bricks help reduce plastic waste from cleaning product packaging.

Soap Nuts for Laundry

Soap nuts are an all-natural alternative to laundry detergent. These dried fruits contain saponin, a natural soap. When agitated in water, soap nuts release the saponin to make a sudsy laundry wash. They are biodegradable and chemical-free.

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Plant-Based Products

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products are plant-based, biodegradable, cruelty-free, and made with essential oils. Scents include lavender, lemon verbena, honeysuckle, and more. The company uses recycled paper labels and post-consumer resin bottles.

Ecos Laundry Detergent Sheets

Ecos makes dissolvable laundry detergent sheets as an alternative to liquid detergent. The sheets help reduce single-use plastic from laundry bottle waste. They are made from plant-derived ingredients and contain no dyes, chlorine, phosphates or optical brighteners.

The Benefits of Green Cleaning Innovations

The green cleaning movement has many environmental and health benefits, including:

  • Prevents pollution – Natural ingredients break down quickly without contaminating waterways or persisting in the environment.

  • Protects ecosystems – Green products are non-toxic for plants and animals if released into nature.

  • Conserves resources – Concentrated, reusable, and biodegradable products use less packaging.

  • Avoids waste – Refillable systems and alternative formats like sheets/tablets reduce plastic waste.

  • Improves indoor air – Plant extracts don’t leave lingering chemical fumes like toxic cleaners.

  • Supports sustainability – Eco-friendly manufacturing practices like renewable energy conserve resources.

The Future of Green Cleaning

As consumers continue to seek out environmentally friendly options, green cleaning will likely keep gaining market share. Here are some possible innovations we may see in the future:

  • More natural cleaning formulas and brands
  • Mainstream retailers offering green cleaning lines
  • Reusable packaging systems becoming normalized
  • Scannable bottle labels to trace supply chain sustainability
  • Cleaning tablets and sheets across more product categories
  • Smart disinfecting solutions using steam, UV light, etc.
  • Widespread use of plant-based plastic bottles made from renewable resources
  • Reduced packaging and lower-waste delivery systems

The green cleaning revolution has made it easy for consumers to make more sustainable choices. With public awareness on the rise, green innovations will continue pushing the cleaning industry toward a greener future.

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