Seventh Generation Ask the Science Man

Seventh Generation has a column called ‘Ask the Science Man’ and I often find answers to questions that have been lingering in my mind.  One of the most recent Q&A columns was about VOC emissions from paint, new carpet and cleaning supplies.  As a reminder, VOC (volatile organic compounds) are toxins that are emitted into your home from many products.  A huge concern is that not only are they emitted the instance they come into your home but they can constantly emit VOCs over time – some products emit VOCs into your home for up to 3 years!

Browse the archives to find answers to other burning questions such as non-toxic nail polish, SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) in products, plastic shower curtains and organic tampons.  If you don’t find the answer to the question on your mind, then Ask the Science Man yourself!


Seventh Generation Disinfectant Wipes and Sprays


Seventh Generation has come out with another great line of eco-friendly and non-toxic cleaning products.  This time, they have joined forces with CleanWell, using their patented technology based on thymol, a component of thyme oil, to create a line of disinfectant wipes and sprays, including both a multi-surface cleaner and a bathroom cleaner.

Their disinfectant line kills over 99.99% of household germs commonly found in your home, such as Influenza A, H1N1, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli.  Now you clean AND disinfectant safely, in one step.

Look for their new line wherever you normally purchase Seventh Generation products including mass retailers such as Target, Walgreens, Toys ‘R Us and natural food stores such as Whole Foods.

Print a coupon for $1 OFF any Seventh Generation product.


Going Green Starter Kits

Know someone interested in a greener, more eco-friendly lifestyle?  Put a green kit on your Christmas shopping list, a collection of tools and tips to start out on their green journey. 

Kathy’s Climate Kits - kits include: compact fluorescent bulbs, weather stripping, tire pressure gauge, faucet aerator, reusable bags, LED nightlight, toilet leak detection tablets, letters to Congress, junk mail removal, and more. Plus, one tree is planted for every kit sold.  $45

Green Lemonaide- kits arrive in a reusable tote with SIGG water bottle, cleaning scrub, sink aerators, CFL and shower timer.  $35

The Green Starter Kit - kit includes It’s Easy Being Green book, Canvas Grocery Tote, Produce Bag, Stainless Steel Water Bottle by THERMOS, Stainless Steel Mug, Banana Paper Note Pad, CFL Bulb, Sun & Earth healthy cleaning products and coupon for 2 Trees Planted  $59

Seventh Generation Kits – You can’t go wrong with a kit from Seventh Generation.  Choose from their healthy home and cleaning kits or baby kits.  All filled with great Seventh Generation products.  $30 – 45


Natural Carpet Stain and Spot Remover

p95833bI’m in the last two weeks of my pregnancy and nesting like crazy, cleaning and organizing anything that can be.  One of the things on my ‘to do’ list was to scrub some of the carpet stains that have accumulated over the last couple months.

I recently bought a bottle of Seventh Generation Natural Carpet Stain and Spot Remover so I grabbed it and some white microfiber cloths.  I shouldn’t be surprised when a chemical free product works as good as anything with chemicals but still I am!

The directions say to spray the stain and let it set for 5-10 minutes before blotting up the stain.  I had to wait about 2-3 minutes and the stains were gone.  I was able to easily remove a stain on the carpet in my office that had been there for 2 years. 

I love it when a non-toxic, environmentally friendly product works just as well (or better!) than a conventional, chemical filled one.   Seventh Generational Natural Carpet Stain and Spot Remover uses hydrogen peroxide as its most active stain removal agent.  As with all Seventh Generation products, ALL of the ingredients are disclosed so you can decide whether or not you want them used in your house.

At $4.99 per bottle (get a $1 OFF coupon), it’s worth every penny.


Million Baby Crawl

Seventh Generation is hosting the Million Baby Crawl, an initiative to educate parents about stronger standards on toxic chemicals – ones that we are coming into contact with every day!  There are over 80,000 chemical compounds developed for products used in our homes but only 200 of them have been tested by the EPA.   Under the current law, the EPA does not have the authority to demand the information it needs to evaluate a chemical’s risk, and neither manufacturers nor the EPA are required to prove a chemical’s safety as a condition of use.

The Million Baby Crawl will help present the Kid Safe Chemical Act to Washington.  If the Act passes, it will require chemical manufacturers to conduct safety tests before using these chemicals in products.

To show your support , you can create a baby crawler representing your kids on their “march to Washington”.   You can also further educate yourself on chemical reform and the Kid Safe Chemical Act.   Attend an event, they are many in the large metro areas during November.  Finally, start to eliminate known toxic chemicals from the products in your house.  The easiest place to start is your cleaning supplies.  After that, look at the products your kids are using such as bubble bath and shampoo and then move onto the products you are putting on your body.  Going green doesn’t happen overnight, it’s gradual and eventually becomes habit.

 FREE STUFF: To get you started, Seventh Generation is generously giving away 1 of their Starter Kits to get your green cleaning started!  The Starter Kit includes: Glass Cleaner, All-Purpose Cleaner, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Shower Cleaner, Tub & Tile Cleaner, Kitchen Cleaner, Natural Paper Towels, and Reusable Tote.


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