Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Go Green!: Seventh Generation "Living Home Starter Kit" Review and GIVEAWAY! **CLOSED**


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My husband and I have been thinking recently about moving, and in turn have been thinking seriously about CLEANING! Not that we live in a total mess every day, but there are definitely things that don't get done as often as we'd like (i.e. dusting!). In the past, every time we decided to have a "cleaning day", I got nervous about all of the fumes and chemicals that were floating around the house. It's easy not to notice them while you're the one actually doing the cleaning, but the second you step back and take a break, many times the smells are enough to knock you over. I know I usually get a headache after I've used a 100 different cleaners too. To combat this, we've always opened the windows, turned on the fans, etc. This helps to some degree, but it's still not great. Since we've had EG I've become even more nervous about harsh chemicals in cleaners, and usually try to make sure she is not at the house while we are doing the "serious" cleaning. Then, the thought occurred to me that if I don't want her there, why would I want my husband or me to be exposed to all of this mess either?? Not to mention the dog...poor thing can't complain about anything, but it obviously affects her too. Thus began my search for some great household cleaners that were family-friendly, and eco-friendly, and still got the job done. Thank goodness for Seventh Generation! They offer cleaners to get any job done right, and are completely safe for me, kids, and pets. From the Seventh Generation website:
"Seventh Generation is committed to becoming the world's most trusted brand of authentic, safe, and environmentally-responsible products for a healthy home. "
"The company derives its name from the Great Law of the Iroquois that states, 'In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.' Every time you use a Seventh Generation product you are making a difference by saving natural resources, reducing pollution, keeping toxic chemicals out of the environment and making the world a safer place for this and the next seven generations."


This just what I was looking for! And...the wonderful folks at Seventh Generation were very generous and provided me with a Living Home Starter Kit to review. Boy am I glad they did! This kit included Grapefruit Glass Cleaner, Green Mandarin All-Purpose Cleaner, Emerald Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Green Mandarin Shower Cleaner, Tub and Tile Cleaner, Kitchen Cleaner, 2 rolls of Natural Paper Towels, and a Reusable Tote Bag. My first thought was that they must be pretty confident in their product to provide me with all of these to review! And, I can honestly say that we put all of them to the test! I have to say that I was truly impressed by how well all of the cleaners worked on what they were intended to clean. I think many people are of the mindset that the stronger the fumes, and harsher the chemicals, the better job it does at cleaning. Seventh Generation proved that this is not so. All of the cleaners worked like a charm, and there were no overpowering smells that lingered for hours (if you would like a completely fragrance and dye free cleaner, check out their Free and Clear line)! I have to admit that I was a little nervous after looking at the names of some of the cleaners. But, the scents were great, and none were too much for my little one (thank you, thank you, thank you!). I am certain that we will continue to enjoy our Seventh Generation cleaners and will be buying more in the future. They make a cleaner or product for any job including products for babies (diapers, training pants, laundry detergent), a line of laundry products (powder, fabric softener, liquid), a Free and Clear line (free from all dyes and fragrances), household cleaners, household paper and supplies (toilet paper, paper towels, napkins), feminine care products, and dishwashing products. As you can see, they are definitely committed to their mission and I hope they continue their mission and create even more products!

Lucky you, you have a chance to win the exact set that I was able to review (pictured above)! This includes full size versions (yes, full size!) of the cleaners, 2 complete rolls of paper towels, and the reusable tote (please note that it is not exactly like the one pictured, but just as cute!). All of this is almost a $50 value! See details below for how to enter, and I KNOW you will love it!


To enter this giveaway follow the rules below (US ONLY):

1. For your initial, required entry visit the Seventh Generation website and leave me a comment telling me something you learned (not mentioned above) about the company and/or tell me your favorite product (not included in the kit) and why.

To earn extra entries you may do one or more of the following and leave me additional comments here telling me which you have done:

2. Follow me on Twitter and leave a tweet about this contest. Leave me a link to your tweet as well as your Twitter name.

3. Blog about this contest to earn TWO extra entries and leave me a comment with the link to your post. **Be sure to leave TWO separate comments if you do this**

4. Follow my blog through Blogger.

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**Be sure to leave me your e-mail address, if there is not a visible one in your profile, so that I can contact you if you win. Winners also submitted via PRIZEYWinners if you would prefer not to leave an e-mail address. This contest will end at 11:59 PM CST on Friday March 6 The winner will be randomly chosen via Random.org and notified on or around Saturday March 7.**


84 comments:

  1. What a great line of products! I love the laundry detergent and that it is Hypo-allergenic. That's a big deal in our house! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  3. i love seventh generation products and have been using them for years. One of my favorite products is the carpet spot cleaner. It hard to find a good environmentally friendly carpet cleaner that works. i also love that the products are not tested on animals.

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  7. I like their Chlorine-Free Baby Wipes.

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  8. I'd like to try their fabric softner because its hypo allergenic which i need for my eczema

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  9. I would love to try the Chlorine-Free Baby Diapers!

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  10. I have tried their spot cleaner, but it looks great!
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  11. The carpet spot cleaner would be great for my dog's messes

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  12. I would love the napkins. It is great to use recycled items :)

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  19. Hypo-allergenic laundry detergent -- woo hoo!

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  20. My favorite product, other than those in the kit, are their diapers!! Thanks.

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  21. Here's my tweet: http://twitter.com/prizealert/status/1255940817 (My twitter is @prizealert, and I follow you)

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  22. I would like to try the recycled trash bags.

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  23. I'd like to try the chlorine-free bleach. I have a slight allergy to the chlorine stuff.

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  24. I would love to try the free and clear 2x concentrate laundry detergent. We have to use a free and clear detergent to wash clothes because of my dd's exzema.
    bs.webster(at)sbgclaobl(dot)net

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  25. I love the lavender fabric softener and I would LOVE to try the grapefruit cleaner!! YUM

    THANKS!

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  27. Seventh generation makes great diapers - they are chlorine free and most important to me, fragrance free. I'd love to try all the products in the kit you're giving away though! Thanks for the chance! alicedemske at hotmail.com

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  28. I like that they have a HE option for the liquid laundry soap. I LOVE that they disclose all the ingredients in their products. The community portion of their site was great! You can ask science type questions and find out so much information!!

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  29. I would like the to try the automatic dishwasher powder - thanks.

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  30. I learned about how eco-friendly their diapers are:"Do your diapers compost or biodegrade?

    Question
    Do the Seventh Generation diapers compost or are they biodegradable?


    Answer
    Just like most disposable diaper designs in the marketplace, Seventh Generation diapers are not readily biodegradable, nor can they be composted. Many of the materials used are synthetic, and do not readily biodegrade.

    The inner pulp of the diaper is made of 100% total chlorine-free whitened wood pulp fibers. This pulp is mixed with a super absorbent polymer (SAP) that does not biodegrade.

    Most diapers end up in a landfill where they will not biodegrade, even if they were designed to do so.

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  33. I haven't had a chnace to try it but their baby laundry detergent looks great.

    * Non-toxic & biodegradable
    * Hypo-allergenic
    * Free of phosphates & optical brighteners
    * Safe for septic & greywater systems
    * Not tested on animals
    * Kosher-certified

    Thanks for this giveaway!

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  34. I would love to try the all-natural Carpet Spot & Stain Remover. The spot cleaner that I have made me break out in a rash!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    proudyaya04 {at} yahoo {dot} com

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  35. I love their Free and Clear Laundry Soap. I hate smelling like laundry soap!

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  36. Their Lavender Floral and Mint Dishwashing Liquid is great because it smells great and cleans my dishes really well without using any nasty chemicals. What a great company!
    katiekarr at gmail dot com

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  37. I really like the ask the science man section- so many interesting things to learn!

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  38. Their Automatic Dishwashing Powder has Cleaning and water spot prevention agents that arevcoconut-based and non-toxic.

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  40. I would like to try the Lavender Dishwashing Soap, it looks like a refreshing scent that would be gentle on my skin!

    Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

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  41. I actually use and like their laundry detergent, I have been for years. I like it because it is gentle and rinses very clean.

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  42. They even have chlorine free tampons, pads, and pantyliners.

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  43. I follow you on twitter and I tweeted: tammigirl

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  44. I am interested in the Natural Powdered Laundry
    detergent. I also didn't know they made Chlorine-Free Organic Cotton Applicator Tampons.

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  45. I'm an avid Seventh Generation consumer, my favorite item is probably the lavender floral and mint dish soap. I love the way it smells, plus it works! I think it's also pretty awesome that they offer coupons on their web site and their newsletter is packed with really informative stories.

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  46. I can't believe the number of trees and petroleum saved. Amazing!

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  47. Tough choice...but I would have to go with the Delicate Care Laundry Detergent.
    Thanks!
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  48. I follow your blog.
    Thanks!
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  49. I'm an email subscriber.
    Thanks!
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  50. I am following you on Twitter AND I Tweeted about this giveaway...my user name is Nelsby.
    Thanks!
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  51. I learned that some bottled water is exactly the same as drinking water. My favorite products were the baby products because they were hypoallergenic and alcohol free.

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  52. i only use 7th Gen baby wipes if I must use wipes because they don't have harmful chemicals...something that doesn't need to be touching baby's sensitive skin. they're also great for road trips and cleaning messy hands. i love 7th gen products!

    drgarnecki at gmail dot com

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  53. I didn't know that aerosol products stayed in the air for HOURS after spraying. Scary!

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  54. I've been wanting to try the Chlorine-Free Baby Diapers for the longest time but no retailers sell them near me. Next time I make it to a non-rural area, I'll have to pick up a package and give them a try.

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  55. I've only used 7th generation diapers and wipes on my son since he was a newborn bc I like that they are gentler on the environment that conventional disposables. Plus, since he has ezcema, it helps me avoid the perfumed products out there.

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  56. I learned that Seventh Generation "dedicates 10% of our profits to non-profit community, environmental, health, and responsible business organizations working for positive change."

    My favorite product is the Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Pacs because they get dishes sparkling clean while being gentle on the earth. *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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  58. I blogged about the giveaway :
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  59. I blogged about the giveaway :
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  64. My favorite 7th generation products are the diapers. They work great. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  65. I follow your blog.

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  66. I like that they disclose all the ingrediants used to make their products. I'm also interested in the diapers, and training pants for tots.

    Oh, I follow your blog, too.

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  67. Their products are made right here in the US. Vermont to be more precise. I've yet to try any of their products but would love to.

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  68. I would love to try the carpet spot cleaner because with two kids and a dog, we sure have a lot of messes!

    Thanks!
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  69. My favorite product which I have been using for years, is the lavender dish soap. The scent is authentic and heavenly, especially for French lavender lovers!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    lmarston(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  70. I had no idea that seventh generation made feminine hygiene products, but since they do diapers, I guess that's pretty logical!

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  71. I just learned all the Features and Benefits of Seventh Generation's Chlorine Free Diapers. WOW!

    o Chlorine-free
    o Hypo-allergenic
    o Fragrance- and latex-free
    o Premium fit and absorbency

    That's awesome! : )))

    Thanks so much for this fabulous give~away! : )))

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  72. I am following your BLOG! : )))

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  73. I also subscribe! : )))

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  74. I am following you on TWITTER....username leahita.

    And, I TWITTERED about this fabulous give~away.

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