What is it? If you’re looking for a low-barrier-to-entry green product, you can’t beat a bottle of soap. Dr. Bronner’s classic castile soap is all-purpose: it can be used for body-washing, household cleaning, toothbrushing, and even clothes washing.
Why is it better? Dr. Bronner’s is 100% organic (certified by Oregon Tilth and the USDA National Organic Program). It’s also fair trade (certified by the IMO ). On the business side, they take good care of their employees, cap executive pay at five times the lowest-paid position, and all their profit not needed for business development goes to support various charities and causes.
Beyond those two seals of approval, the soap is fully biodegradable and vegetable-based. It’s also bottled in 100% post-consumer recycled containers and paper labels.
And they say it has 18 uses! I can’t speak to all of those uses, but it works fantastically as hand soap and an all-purpose house cleaner.
Where can you find it? You can get a 16 oz. bottle from the Dr. Bronner’s website for $8.99 (or you can pick it up at your local Whole Foods).
Besides her green products column on Cleantech Blog, Cristina is a passionate advocate for green living at the Green Home Huddle at Huddler.com, which focuses on electric cars, energy efficient appliances, and other green products.
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