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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

EcoStore USA Review & $25 Giveaway!

I was thrilled when I was contacted by EcoStore USA, and very intrigued by their product line. Lately, as my kids have become more and more involved in the household cleaning, I have wondered about the wisdom in letting them use any old cleaner to do their chores. With 5 kids, I can't keep my eye on each one ALL the time.

There is SO much talk today about going green, but does it all really mean? We have all grown up surrounded by "non-green" products, and we're ok, right?

Check out some fast facts about household products:

  • According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers accidental poisonings occur in the home every 30 seconds.
  • The National Safety Council has reported that more children under four die of from accidental poisoning than are killed by guns.
  • A report by the EPA to Congress determined household cleaners three times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air pollution.
  • Women who work from home and are more frequently exposed to household toxins and poor air quality are 50% more likely to develop cancer.
  • Newborn infants have trace levels of toxic chemicals in their bodies, passed on by their mother’s exposure.
Here's some info about EcoStore:

Safe Products
ecostore USA has formulated its products without toxic petrochemicals, phosphates, nitrates, chlorine, ammonia, enzymes, synthetic perfumes, coloring or dyes, optical whiteners/brighteners or chemical preservatives. Instead, ecostore USA uses sustainable ingredients derived from plants and minerals, producing safer products that work equally as effectively as those that are chemical-based. Customers anecdotally have reported that, after using ecostore USA laundry products to wash clothes and linens, children’s eczema and dermatitis have disappeared, while allergies and asthma symptoms have decreased.
ecostore USA guarantees its products:
• are plant- and/or mineral-based and free of nasty chemicals (No Nasty ChemicalsTM)
• use safer ingredients from renewable resources
• are formulated with your health in mind
• are safely super-concentrated
• meet the highest environmental standards
• have not been tested on animals
• are GE free (free of genetically-engineered products)
• are packaged in recyclable packaging
About ecostore USA
ecostore USA (www.ecostore USA.com) loves making a difference in people’s lives. We are passionate about improving the planet and bringing you everyday household products that are safer and healthier for you and your family. Originating in 1993 as a New Zealand-based manufacturer, wholesale distributor and retailer of sustainable household and personal care products, ecostore USA offers plant-based cleaning products as well as body and baby care products. The guiding principle of our formulations is that the end product must not only be good for the planet, but must also be good for the user. Individual health issues are at the forefront of product development.

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Lately, I have tried to pick more safe and child-friendly products, including making my own cleaning mixtures (vinegar and baking soda are my friends!). When I was given the opportunity to pick a few products from the EcoStore, I decided on the Citrus Spray Cleaner, the Cream Cleaner, and the Lemon Rinse Aid. I have come to rely on these great products, and have been 100% satisfied with their performance and quality.

Are you ready to try them? EcoStore USA has generously offered to let one of my readers pick out $25 worth of products from their store. The question is--what products would you chose?

To enter this giveaway, visit EcoStore USA and tell me how you would spend the $25. This step is required.

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For extra entries, do any (or all) of the following:
* Tell me how YOU are going green. Give me a tip that I could use!
* Follow me here or on Life is Sweet (or both)
* Grab a button and post it on your blog
* Tweet about this giveaway
* Add me to your blogroll
* Anything else like stumbling, adding to technorati faves, etc

Make sure that you leave a separate comment for each entry. This giveaway will end on Tuesday, 4/7/09 at 10:00pm. Winner will be announced the next day, and will have 48 hours to contact me. Please make sure I can get ahold of you! Good luck!

56 comments:

  1. Well, so much to choose from...but, I would choose the Orange Citrus Cleaner, Lemon Rinse Aid and some toilet cleaner. Wow, shall I keep going?

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  2. I actually follow you on both sites.

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  3. I have your Review button and will add your other one also.

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  4. I would buy some kids shampoo and soap

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  5. I would choose their Citrus spray cleaner, and because I have a new puppy who's getting lots of baths, I'd love to try the Herbal Fresh Shampoo.

    I've been cleaning our tile with just vinegar, so the Citrus spray cleaner sounds like a GREAT alternative!!

    ~TidyMom

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  6. I tweeted giveaway! http://twitter.com/Tidymom/statuses/1423911963

    ~TidyMom

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  7. I try to use as many green cleaners as possible because we are on well and septic!

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  8. I added you to my Link Exchange Blog Roll!

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  9. We are going green like crazy around here. We have switched to cloth napkins, we just made our own rain barrels, we are getting free pallets today from a friend to make a compost bin, we have cut our energy use way down, and we recycle!

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  10. The toilet cleaner and citrus cleaner look great.

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  11. I would buy the Citrus Spray Cleaner :)

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  12. I just posted about this on my blog!

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  13. I am going green by...
    Saving energy by turning off lights :)

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  14. I like the Baby Sleepytime Bath.

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  15. I am trying to preserve as much water as possible if I don't need it running turn it off. and recycling. amsbolda@hotmail.com

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  16. I would love the Kids Shampoo and Soap! Plus the citrus cleanser.
    I make my own non toxic cleansers from distilled water, white vinegar, and orange essential oil.
    Used coffee grounds make a great natural abrasive for cleaning tomato sauce from pots, pans, and storage containers.
    Thank you!

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  17. OOOhhh I like the citrus spray cleaner and all the baby products

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  18. I also use vinegar as a daily cleaner, a dishwasher rinse aid and in place of fabric softener in the washer.

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  19. I am already a follower of this blog

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  20. You are already on my blog roll

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  21. It's hard to decide. I like the cream cleanser and also the citrus spray. I would love to try this stuff!

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  22. The tip I give for going green is a really simple one but was a huge deal for me. I have recently stopped using paper towels. I will admit...I used a LOT of them and loved them. I do still miss them for some cleaning...like mirrors, glass and quick spill clean ups. But it makes me feel better to not be using them. Plus it saves money! I got a box and put rags in them and put them under the sink. I also bought a small laundry basket from good will to throw dirty rags in downstairs (our laundry room is upstairs!) I feel really good about saving money and saving landfill space!

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  23. I am following you now. Great blog.

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  24. I'd like the citrus spray cleaner, leave-in conditioner for pets, and the vanilla and/or coconut bar soap. All of those sound heavenly!

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  25. I also follow your blog already, and am still in love with your new look.

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  26. My green tip: we have a compost pile behind our shed. We put old newspapers, cardboard boxes coffee grounds, veggie and fruit peels... anything except meat/eggs/cheese (which attract rats). Make sure it's far enough away from your house that you can't smell it. :)

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  27. Baby Sleepytime Bath for my kids and the coconut soap for me

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  28. I would pick the Auto Dish Powder, the Ear Wash (for my dog of course) and the Coconut Soap!

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  29. I want to be more green and cleaning products are a great wat to do it. I also, almost only, use my own bags grocery shopping. Each fabric bag can save the lives of 2200 plastic bags.

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  30. I'd like the Aloe Vera Shampoo/Conditioner or the Rosemary Orange Shampoo/Conditioner! I'm in love with the all-around healing properties of aloe vera, its an amazing plant!

    Kiki
    ParkingGoddessFTW @ gmail dot com

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  31. I would get the soaps: coconut, vanilla, baby, Manuka Honey & Kelp, and Lemongrass.

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  32. Got your button http://justanothernewblog.blogspot.com/

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  33. Favorite in technorati (aitmama).

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  34. I would go for the dish powder, the citrus cleaner and the soaps....

    Would love to win!

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  35. I have gotten me some huge bags from Home Goods that are great for re-using when I am shopping, anything from groceries to clothing stores...I love them!

    I also watched How Clean is YOur House and pick up ideas for green cleaning.----like using lemon juice in a bowl in your microwave----heat it up for 2 minutes, then wipe down your microwave! It works great and smells grand!

    This is my second entry!

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  36. I am now a follower!! Yay!

    How do you get all your amazing ads----you are one busy gal!!

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  37. I don't have Tweeter, but I put it out there on my Facebook....

    Does that count? :)

    Hope so!!

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  38. Ok----you are now on my blogroll!!

    Hope to hear from you!
    swaneesinger@gmail.com

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  39. I'd buy their Baby Moisturizer, massage oil and bodywash.

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  40. Laundry Liquid

    luckydolls123[at]verizon[dot]net

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  41. I would love to try the aloe vera shampoo and conditioner!5

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  42. We are going green by using energy star light bulbs!

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