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One great company I found on the internet is Live For Tomorrow. Munu Hicken-Gaberria is the Founder and President (‘guvnor’) of LFT Group,which is the brand owner of the Live for Tomorrow range of environmentally friendly household products. As an environmentally friendly person Munu decided that he wanted to create an organization which was focused on the triple bottom line model:People,Planet,Planet. Munu wanted to offer a real alternative to those wanting to ‘make a difference‘. Munu felt that BC’s clean water and pristine environment would not stay like this for long without a change in behavoiur and thinking. And so,Live for Tomorrow was born. You can read Munu’s whole story here.
I got to try their Unscented liquid laundry detergent and their Lavender fabric softener. I wash all my clothes in cold water so it’s important to me to have a good reliable product that works well in cold water. The Live For Tomorrow liquid detergent is suitable for cold water. They suggested to use 1/4 for normal and heavy soiled clothes. I was curious to see if it would clean heavily stained garments. Some organic cleaners have not lived up to their claims. I threw a load of my husbands dirty,stinky and stained clothes and used a 1/4 cup of the clear liquid laundry detergent. The result:I was nicely surprised how clean they came out,really clean!! My husband remarked on how clean they were and he liked not having a perfume smell to his clothes. I also washed a load of really old fine doilies which had a lot of ecru age spots I call it using a 1/8 cup liquid detergent. The doilies came out looking fresher and much cleaner. Some spots did not come out but they had been there for over 20 or more years so I was pleased. All the loads I’ve done since are clean and fresh using this detergent,yes I’m really pleased with this product.
Ingredients listed in descending order:Deionized water,Xanthan Gum (thickener),Cocamidopropyl Betaine (cleaning agent), Alkyl Polyglucoside (cleaning enhancer),Sodium Carbonate (surfactant),Borax 5 mol (water conditioner),Potassium Sorbate (food grade preservative). Certified Vegan
DOES NOT CONTAIN:Sodium Lauryle Sulphate 0%,Phosphate 0%,Chlorine 0%,Optical brighteners 0%,EDTA 0%, and Nonylphenol 0%.
The lavender fabric softener is such a nice product too. It has the delightful scent of a field of lavender. I don’t like to use too much fabric softener because the scent can be so strong but this product has a mild scent. I use just enough so I don’t have static cling. They suggested using 1/4 cup for normal loads and this actually worked out well. For light loads I used 1/8 cup. My clothes felt soft,no cling and had the slight scent of lavender.
Ingredients listed in descending order:Deionized water,Soy Alkyl Group (softener),Potassium Sorbate (food grade preservative). All ingredients are vegan.
DOES NOT CONTAIN: Sodium Lauryle Sulphate 0%,Phosphate 0%,Chlorine 0%,Optical brighteners 0%,EDTA 0%, and Nonylphenol 0%.
I admire the ethics and compassion for the earth,the people and the animals this company has. I love these products and would use them all the time if they were available in my local store. I understand that Live For Tomorrow products will be available soon in Alberta so I’m looking forward to that. This earth loving company has really stepped up and created earth loving products that work.
Also of interest is the LFT Group has set out in its vision that Corporate Social Responsibility is a key goal with a focus on triple botom line. As part of profit mandate,we have set out to donate 1% of our sales to social and environmental organizations.
The great people at Live For Tomorrow would love to offer one lucky reader the chance to win their Liquid Laundry Detergent (60 loads). Thank you very much lft-group.
Clean smells like nothing!
I grew up thinking that clean smelled like ammonia while wiping the glass kitchen table for my family after eating dinner. This was how we did it. But we were wrong... Clean smells like nothing! Clean doesn't smell at all.
Over the last few years, I've helped to put thousands of green cleaning kits into people's new homes, one gift at a time introducing people to new ways to keep a clean and healthy home. The two no longer need to be mutually exclusive.
Tips for green cleaning
1) Be realistic. Yes, there are easy ways to make your own green cleaning products from common household items like vinegar and baking soda, but doing so takes time, commitment and changes to behaviour. If you're not the type of person to take initiative for change, you might want to consider buying off-the-counter products to make things easy.
2) Get the help you need. Cleaning services such as Aspen Clean and Simply Green EcoClean, serving Vancouver and surrounding areas, help busy people keep clean and healthy homes. Every cleaning company is different so you should ask questions and be clear about what they will and will not do, including what cleaning products they use. As a bachelor, my roommate and I have had a hard time keeping our place as clean as we’d like so we’re trying out home cleaning services to help us get and keep the results we want. I’ll keep you posted!
3) Convenience – If it’s not easy, chances are it’ll be harder to make it stick. Choose a green cleaning option that’s realistic. Making your own green cleaning products is the healthiest, most cost-effective option, but it takes extra time and also more effort, so there are plenty of products on the market that help you reduce the impact to the environment and minimizing the elbow grease required.
The products I recommend come tested and true, they’ve worked for me in my home and I hope you find some new things that are worth a try. Have fun with it—if it’s not fun, it’s not worth it!
Top 3 green cleaning products
Having tested dozens of green and non-green cleaning products there are three that stand out in my mind as leaders in the local market. I emphasize local because products that travel far have a larger impact on the environment, and buying locally made products has a greater positive impact on the local economy than buying products produced far away. I like these products because they not only work but also benefit our health, community and society in various ways. You’ll find all of the following products in my home for these reasons. (Click the links to read the review)
2. Live for Tomorrow