One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2018 was to run a more environmentally friendly household. And to be honest, until recently it was not going all that well.
You see, a lot of products and practices may seem environmentally friendly at first, but when you actually knuckle down and do the research into what these products actually contain and how they are made, things are not always what they seem.
It can be difficult to do that level of research on each product you want to use while still attending to your busy life.
I’ve got my KeepCup so my war on waste is well sorted there. And I’m good with turning lights on and off to save energy. But one area I needed to make a change was with my laundry liquid. Is environmentally friendly laundry liquid as good as the usual stuff I buy? I put one to the test to see if it would sway me away from the toxic chemicals I’m ashamedly rather used to.
Laundry liquid trial: ecostore (RRP $9.99).
It quickly became clear to me that using a naturally derived laundry liquid would be the best way to make my entire home more environmentally friendly, more sustainable and overall healthier for me and for all the friends and family I’ve had staying with me recently.
I read up on ecostore, a brand started by New Zealand couple Malcolm and Melanie Rands in the ’90s. The Rands were using sustainable and organic gardening practices on their property, but found themselves still exposed to too many toxic chemicals in cleaning and body care products. So, they decided to create their own products using ingredients that are better for both our skin and the environment.
When I picked up the ecostore laundry liquid bottle, it was quick and easy for me to check that all the ingredients used were plant and mineral based. I also noticed that there were no bad chemicals or synthetic fragrances secretly snuck in and hidden within the fine print – so anyone with sensitive skin or allergies should feel safe.
Once that little bit of Sherlock Holmes level detective work was out of the way, it was time to put it to the Laura dress test.
The Laura dress test.
A whole bunch of my favourite summer dresses had been sidelined from my closet as they were waiting for the wash, so they were the first to go in the washing machine with a splash of ultra concentrated ecostore laundry liquid.