How Often Do You Clean Your House?

A Year's Supply of Ecover on a 4x4 Table

I’ll admit, I thought I was pretty clean. I do the dishes every day or two, the bathroom every week or two, the floors every month or two.

But it turns out the people at Ecover have other ideas about how much I could be cleaning. Behold the year’s supply of cleaning products I received as a finalist in Ecover’s 30 under 30 contest. I didn’t win the big prize, that went to the very deserving Ryan Arnold.

But, each of us finalists got an extremely generous year’s supply of cleaning products, including products I’ve never heard of:

Cream Scrub!

I brought a stash to a dinner party to share, and over a glass of wine, we pondered important questions like, ‘What is Limescale Remover?’ In the Bay Area, we don’t get a lot of mineral deposits, and without you, dear Ecover, my friends would still be in the dark.

Thank you for educating me on all the things I should be cleaning, and how remiss I’ve been about how frequently I clean them.

Just kidding, of course. You rock, and all my lucky friends think so too.

Jen Boynton

Jen Boynton is editor in chief of TriplePundit and editorial director at 3BL Media. With over 6 million annual readers, TriplePundit is the leading publication on sustainable business and the Triple Bottom Line. Prior to TriplePundit, Jen received an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School. In her work with TriplePundit she's helped clients from SAP to PwC to Fair Trade USA with their sustainability communications messaging. When she's not at work, she volunteers as a CASA -- court appointed special advocate for children in the foster care system. She enjoys losing fights with toddlers and eating toast scraps. She lives with her family in sunny San Diego.

3 responses

  1. I’m an Ecover fan too, but still skeptical… First of all, do we really need to use so many different products to clean? And what is sustainable about Ecover products being made in Belgium and shipped to the US? The most Ecover can claim, I think, is that it is “less bad” but lots of different products in lots of different packages shipped across long distances and flushed down our drains is not ultimately sustainable. And encouraging people to use them up faster is also against the ultimate idea. Ecover, please don’t become like everyone else!

    1. Klinky, you’re totally right. I was sure that comparable products were manufactured in China, but I checked my cupboard: Mrs. Meyers is from MN, something called Biokleen is from WA, and even Lysol is “made in the USA.”

      I know Ecover has a relatively small market share in the US. You’re never going to see most of the products I received on the shelves here- maybe laundry detergent and all purpose cleaner at best. I imagine that sales aren’t high enough for Ecover to open a factory here, and I know they are too rigorous about their manufacturing to outsource it to anyone else, so we’re probably stuck with products shipped from Belgium for the time being.

      1. Hi Klinky, hi Jen, Kipling from Ecover here. Jen, you’re exactly right, because our standards for sustainability go beyond the ingredients we use to include the manufacturing facilities and process, you won’t see Ecover outsource production to a secondary manufacturer that doesn’t meet our strict criteria. As our market share grows, we are exploring production options for manufacturing our products in the US.

        I hope this clears things up and thank you for having the conversation!


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