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December 4, 2014 Leave a Comment 
So we were at the aquarium not too long ago and there was a fascinating exhibit about the floating garbage patch — a mid-ocean swirling vortex of crap we’ve loosed upon the earth.
The best/saddest part was an installation from an artist who works with plastic, showcasing the damage we do to the environment by tossing so much of it into the seas.
It was eye-opening and life changing.
As a family, we try — and fail sometimes — to reduce our plastic bottle buying, opting instead for reusable containers. But man, it’s tough to avoid plastic in day to day life. As the chief shopper, I see it in just about everything I need at the store. It’s omnipresent and the thought of reducing our use of it seems almost overwhelming at times.
Which is why I was overjoyed — I mean, to the point of literally gasping and saying, “Yes!” — when my favorite household cleaning company sent me some free samples of a new product line. (Stay with me, please. It’s a cool, small thing that could do us all good.)
Seventh Generation’s concentrates are something I hope every cleaning product company picks up on and emulates.
Basically, they’re little capsules of cleaning agent that you pour into spray bottles you’ve previously bought. Fill with water and boom! New cleaning spray. It’s cool because your refill bottles are just a fraction of the size of your original spray bottle, and a fraction of the cost as well. Not to mention the ingredients are better and it work greats. (It’d be awesome if these little capsules were made of the thick, recycled and biodegradable paper Seventh Generation uses in other containers, but baby steps.)
I don’t get on product high horses very much, but this is exactly why I partnered with Seventh Generation. Little changes like this are key to reducing our consumption and trash issues. It takes all of 30 seconds to refill a bottle and it costs $2 compared to $5.
Seventh Generation sent me cash monies and samples to write about their stuff and their pro-environment campaigns. I’ll never, ever like their stupid paper towels or toilet paper, but when they introduce products like this, it’s a no brainer and why I love them. Let’s hope more companies follow their lead. For all of us.
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