All posts tagged: Environmentally friendly

From grapes to wine – how to make an indulgence more eco sustainable

I love wine! Don’t you? It’s a delightful addition to many meals and social occasions, a medium to great conversation and flavor enhancement. Being eco-conscious, I wondered what is the carbon footprint of wine? Through the years I’ve done quite a lot of research and as a result I have changed my choices around my wine selections. The wine footprint story: grapes don’t require the copious amounts of fertilizers to grow that other crops such as corn do organic wines are grown without fertilizer or use of pesticides wine grown using biodynamic certified practices use organic practices and emphasizes biodiversity and ecosystem preservation the carbon dioxide released from the fermentation of wine grapes makes up an insignificant percentage of the total emissions associated with wine production the biggest source of greenhouse gases from wine is in transporting wine to the consumer transporting heavy glass bottles uses much more fuel, and therefore has a bigger impact, than lighter glass or other alternative packaging (box, tetrapack, plastic) transporting bulk wine (in kegs) has a smaller carbon footprint transporting …

Mrs Meyers Lavender Laundry Soap

Product description: Concentrated detergent formula Contains plant-derived cleaning ingredients with dirt and stain-fighting enzymes 64 loads of laundry per bottle Biodegradable, HE laundry detergent for use in high efficiency and conventional washing machines Garden-fresh lavender scented laundry soap with an original and clean floral fragrance Pros: Concentrated so only a small amount is needed per load of laundry (~1/4 cup), scent is very pleasant (if you enjoy scents in your laundry process), 100% biodegradable, inexpensive for amount of laundry loads per bottle. Cons: The lid/top is different than most laundry soaps and this new design is easy to spill if you’re not mindful when pouring. Where to buy in Calgary: Sobeys, Canadian Tire, London Drugs, City Market Sage HillBuy online on Amazon (affiliate link) Overall rating: 4.5/5

Ecover Zero Dish Soap

Product Description: Non-toxic, biodegradable formula 100% Natural fragrance Never tested on animals Bottle made with recycled plastic & Plantplastic® Made with renewable, plant-based ingredients Non toxic Pros: Unscented and scented options, only a small amount is needed and it goes a long ways, very good suds and long lasting. Cons:  low to medium cost for size of bottle Where to buy in Calgary: Canadian Tire, London Drugs, Walmart Where to buy online: Amazon (affiliate link) Overall rating: 4.5/5

Meyers Lemon Verbena Liquid Dish Soap

Product Description: Aromatherapeutic household product Biodegradable  (made without parabens, chlorine, formaldehyde, artificial colors, phthalates, MEA, DEA, glycol solvents) Lemon Verbena Scent Cuts grease Cruelty-free Pros: Scent is enjoyable and not strong, only a small amount is needed and it goes a long ways, very good suds and long lasting. Cons:  medium to high cost for size of bottle however it is very concentrated so it does stretch further than expected. Where to buy in Calgary: Sobeys, Canadian Tire, London Drugs, City Market Sage Hill Buy online: Amazon Overall rating: 4.0/5

Kirkland Dish soap

Kirkland dish soap is available for purchase directly at Costco or on Amazon (affiliate link) Product claims: Eco Friendly Liquid Dish Soap Citrus Scent Tough on grease, yet gentle on your hands and the environment. Biodegradable cleaning agent. Plant based formula. Made from bio-renewable resources. Contains no phosphates or dyes. Mild on skin. Natural fragrance. Safe for septic systems. Pros:   The cost is reasonable for the volume, scent is very subtle, it is biodegradable and cruelty free. Cons: Low suds value, took quite a lot of soap to make enough suds to wash dishes, suds dissipated quickly and was not long lasting, needed to add more soap half way through dinner dishes. Overall rating: 3.5/5