May 16th, 2009 - Barbara Feiner
Childhood friends Tim Barklage and Kevin Tibbs weren’t happy with the cleaning products they found in stores.
Tibbs, a chemist who formulated products for mega-retailers like Target, The Home Depot, and Bed, Bath & Beyond, specialized in natural skin-care lines, so he was very familiar with the green movement. When he became a father and began baby-proofing his home, he grew increasingly conscious of mainstream cleaning products’ dangers.
Partnering with marketing and product-development specialist Barklage to create an eco-friendly cleaning line was a no-brainer. Barklage, in fact, had grown up in a green home long before it was fashionable.
That’s how St. Louis-based Better Life was born—a company determined to provide green cleaning options for moms and dads, as well as “Mom Earth.” Products are free of sulfates, ethoxylates, fragrances, dyes, solvents, silicones, petroleum-based ingredients and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like glycol ethers and alcohols. Biodegradability is a high priority, and ingredients come from natural sources.
Better Life’s brightly labeled, cleverly named products include:
Organic consumers can find these green cleaners at Whole Foods Market and Ace Hardware. You may also purchase them online at Walgreens and drugstore.com.
Sign up for the company’s newsletter and receive a $10 coupon toward the Better Life Starter Kit, which contains four products in a collapsible cleaning caddy.
Read More:Better Cleaning, Better Life
December 22nd, 2008 - Laura Klein
This holiday season, give the give of clean, green car carpets! Take a look at my entire line of GREEN CLEANING Car Care at Sam’s Club.
One of the products I’m particulary proud of is recognized for safer chemistry by the EPA’s Designed for Environment (DfE) program: Laura Klein’s Green Car Carpet Spot Remover is a non-toxic, effective and healthy way to clean all your colorfast carpet, floor mats, upholstery, and seats.
This stuff really works! I used it to clean and remove spots from my white dining room table chairs that had been there for years. Good-bye harsh chemicals and smelly fumes, hello effective green goodness cleaning!
Ingredients: Purified water, proprietary nonionic surfactants, coconut-, pine-, and citrus-based cleaning agents, glucose-based sequestering agents
Price and Size: 32 fl. oz; $8.14
Buy it today at Sam’s Club !
Read More:Remove Carpet Spots in Your Car with Easy, Non-Toxic Green Care!
December 21st, 2008 - Laura Klein
Keep your engine, driveway and tough oily cleaning jobs clean with my Green Car Cleaner Degreaser. Three of my green car care products are recognized for safer chemistry by the EPA’s Designed for the Environment (DfE) program, and Laura Klein’s Green Car Cleaner Degreaser is one of them!
My Green Car Cleaner Degreaser is an environmentally safe, non-polluting oil and grime fighter. Because it is water-based, it leaves no residue. It works equally well in soft, hard, cold, hot, fresh, or salt water, and is safe on plastics, most paints, metals, rubber, fabrics, leather, vinyl, and more. Nothing smelly or toxic to inhale -only 100% pure green goodness!
Ingredients: Purified water, proprietary nonionic surfactants, coconut-, pine-, & citrus-based resins, glucose-based sequestering agents
Price and Size: 128 fl. Oz/1 gallon; $25.24
Buy it now Sam’s Club!
Read More:Now You Can Degrease Your Car the Green Way!
December 19th, 2008 - Laura Klein
Looking for the perfect gift for the guy or gal who has it all? Great news! I’ve just launched my brand new GREEN CLEANING Car Care line at Sam’s Club!
I’m particularly proud of my Green Car Glass & Mirror product…not only because of it’s pure, non-toxic goodness, but because this is one of three of my products that has been recognized for safer chemistry by the EPA’s Designed for the Environment (DfE) program. This 1 gallon refill is perfect refill for our Green Car Cleaning Kit!
This non-toxic, efficient cleaner leaves windows, glass and mirrors sparkling clean and streak-free. And best of all, there’s no ammonia, smelly fumes or harsh chemicals to inhale!
Ingredients: Purified water, coconut based cleaning agents, pine-based chelating agents.
Price and Size: 128 fl. oz./1 gallon; $12.54
Read More:Cleaner Car Glass & Mirrors with Eco-Friendly Care this Holiday!
December 11th, 2008 - Laura Klein
In our continuing Green Car product launch series, today we’re covering our cool Green Car Tire & Dashboard Dressing 1 gallon refill for our Green Car Cleaning Kit.
Our Green Car Tire & Dashboard Dressing replaces all those stinky VOC (volatile organic compounds) emitting conventional tire and dash products (you know the ones that leave your car smelling chemically weird with some cheap fragrance).
This product conditions, protects and restores natural suppleness and beauty to rubber, vinyl and leather and provides long-lasting protection and shine. It’s free of petroleum ingredients and harmful silicone oils and leaves no sticky residue. Spray this on your dash, tires and even your leather seats and you’ll be left with a shiny sparkling car that makes you feel proud and truly clean and fresh! We use only real orange essential oil in all of our Green Car products for a touch of fresh aromatherapy to lift your spirits. And yes this product is non-toxic and biodegradable within 7 days.
All of the Green Car product bottles are recyclable. So when they reach the end of their life cycle, please recycle! Remember there is no “away” when it comes to “throwing something away.” Anything that is thrown in the trash and is not recycled ends up in our ever growing, highly polluted landfills. It’s time we reverse this trend, and become conscious consumers and recycle everything we can.
Oh and by the way, here’s a hot green health tip: if you get your car washed at a full service car wash, say no to fragrance. Chemical fragrances, in general contain a known hormone disruptor, phthalates, that are related to a series of health problems ranging from reproductive-development problems in baby boys to obesity. Did you know chemicals could be making you fat, it’s true!
Check out our other Green Car products:
• Laura Klein Green Car Cleaning Kit
• Laura Klein Green Car Waterless Wash & Shine 1 gallon refill
To purchase any of these products go to SamsClub.com
Ingredients: Purified water, polymer leveling agents, nonionic surfactant, pure orange essential oil
Price and Size: 128 fl Oz./1 gallon; $30.88
Read More:Get Green, Clean Tire and Dashboard Dressing this Holiday!
December 10th, 2008 - Laura Klein
Yesterday I announced the launch of Laura Klein Green Car cleaning products on SamsClub.com and featured the Green Car Cleaning Kit. For the next three days I will feature our 1 gallon refills for the kit and give you some inside info on each product. If you’re not driving a hybrid, these non-toxic, biodegradable Green Car cleaning products are a great way to green your car and help keep the environment clean (our products biodegrade in 7 days)!
Let’s start with the Green Car Waterless Wash & Shine. Using a hose to wash one car in your driveway, uses on average 80 -140 gallons of water. Not only is that a lot of wasted water, but water is expensive these days and it’s expensive to get a car wash! My new Green Car Waterless Wash & Shine is designed so you can wash your car, truck, SUV, or motorcycle (even an airplane) without water. It cleans and shines lightly to moderately soiled surfaces, lifting dirt and soil off surfaces easily. And the bonus is there’s no hose or messy clean up saving you time and money.
One of the most common questions I get with this product is, “will it scratch my car?” Now if you’ve just gone out four by fouring in the mud this product is not your solution. Take your car to your local car wash and have them carefully remove the caked on mud and crud. However if you want to keep your car looking sparkling clean on a weekly basis, this is the perfect product for you. Not only does it save you money, time and water, but it keeps the environment clean by not washing dirty oils, gasoline, heavy metals and detergents into our eco systems.
How do you use it? You simply spray it on a 2 foot surface square area, use one of our microfiber cloths that comes with our Green Car Cleaning Kit, to wipe away the dirt and grime, and the second to polish and shine. It is that easy!
Waterless Wash & Shine 1 Gallon Refill
Ingredients: Purified water, citrus distillate, emulsifier, pure orange essential oil.
Price and Size: 128 fl. oz./1 gallon; $18.68
Buy it today! Enjoy!
Read More:How to Green Your Car If It’s Not a Hybrid
December 9th, 2008 - Laura Klein
Just in time for the holidays, I’ve launched my GREEN CAR CLEANING line available now at Sam’s Club! After working on this for months with my team, it is finally live thank goodness! Over the next 6 days I will be featuring a new product in our line on our blog.
To get started the Laura Klein Green Car Cleaning Kit is something we created especially for Sam’s Club, that allows you to wash your car without water!
This kit makes a great gift for the guy or gal who has it all and wants to go green this holiday season.
The Laura Klein’s Green Car Cleaning Kit includes:
1. Waterless Car Wash & Shine: Wash your car without water! Contains: purified water, citrus distillate, emulsifier, pure orange essential oil; 32 oz. bottle
2. Glass & Mirror: Clean your windows in your car and home without ammonia or smelly fumes! (See below for more details); Contains: purified water, coconut-based cleaning agents, pine-based cleaning agents, chelating agents; 32 oz. bottle
3. Tire & Dash Dressing: Conditions, protects and restores natural suppleness and beauty to rubber, vinyl and leather and provides long-lasting protection and shine. (See below for more details); Contains: purified water, polymer leveling agents, nonionic surfactant, pure orange essential oil; 32 oz. bottle
4. Two soft microfiber clothes
This kit literally saves you money, time and water on expensive car washes, increased water bills and wasted gallons of water at home. You’ll also help the environment clean when you purchase our 1 gallon refills for your new kit. The Waterless Car Wash product literally helps keep the environment clean because you are not washing oils, heavy metals, fuels or detergents into our oceans, streams, rivers and environment!
I’m proud to say that my Green Car line is a GREAT VALUE as compared to other green car cleaning lines. While other green product manufacturers claim their product is toxin-free, a closer look reveals synthetic fragrances that are a danger to your family, pets and the Earth. Every one of my products is made from sustainable, biodegradable ingredients (that biodegrade within seven days, the biological optimum) and we only use 100% aromatherapeutic essential oils.
I created these products because in my home consultation work, I saw the need for real green cleaning that is not only effective but truly non toxic. This car line is part of my overall GREEN CLEANING LINE. In the coming months we will be launching our GREEN HOME CLEANING LINE.
I’ve long been an advocate of non-toxic, cleaning green. It’s such a thrill to be bringing my message to the masses with my new product!
Read More:Wash Your Car Without Water This Holiday Season!