I don’t think it’s any coincidence that both Seventh Generation and I were ‘born’ in the same year. It’s almost like our paths were destined to cross. These guys are new to the UK and are here to shake up our household market. Now, us Brits are defiantly stubborn and like to ‘stick to what we know’ blah blah blah… but sometimes.. just sometimes you have to take a chance on something.
Getting To Know Seventh Generation
With 28 years experience under their metaphorical belt Seventh Generation are a household name in the USA. They’re constantly questioning what they can do to make our planet a greener, nicer and more eco-friendly place to live in. Off the back of the Earth Overshoot Day report I saw today I really feel like I should be doing my bit to ensure that my children, and children around the world, should inherit the best kind of Earth possible upon our departure. Things like this are part of the unknown to me but I think it’s great to be able to explore different ways of living and with an imminent house move coming up we might as well start as we mean to go on – we’ve already got solar panels on the new house so that’s given us a little boost already!
For me, Seventh Generation aren’t just about the cleaning – I’ll come on to that in a second – but it’s about the type of company they are, their ethics and their ethos. They believe in using the power of business to transform society. They’re founding members of B Corp and are a certified B Corporation which means they’re mindful of how they do business. They are accountable, transparent and take into consideration the social and environmental performance and do this by meeting rigorous standards.
Cleaning With Seventh Generation
I’ll admit my cleaning cupboard is full of products that have been on offer, things that smell good or are just plain filled with chemicals. The problem is that there are usually so many to choose from. I want ones that do the job properly, I like my house smelling clean but after using Seventh Generation, and knowing more about their company, I think a well fragranced loo is something I can live without. I mean, there are other ways to make things smell good, right?
‘Green’ cleaning is not something I’ve ever thought about before if I’m honest. I’ve not grown up in a particularly environmentally conscious surrounding and the thought has only ever fleetingly crossed my mind. However, after recent news and thinking about our family carbon footprint it’s definitely an avenue I want to explore. Had Seventh Generation not asked me to review the products or, at the very least, made me aware of their presence I’d have been none the wiser.
The Seventh Generation products sent to me consisted of several easy household items that would be more than easy to change. After checking out the price they’re not entirely above average, although some bits you do pay a bit more for, but do you know what? I kind of feel ok with that because I feel like I’m investing that money into the greater good. This company doesn’t test on animals either so that, teamed with the fact that they’re actively ensuring the welfare of workers, their communities and the environment, it’s a huge positive.
What Are Seventh Generation Products Like?
Having made some gradual swaps over the last week or two I can honestly say they are just as powerful as the chemical laden products we currently use. I was initially super sceptical about how well these plant-based products would stand up to my ‘go to’ products and I was left eating my words. Despite these products also being dye-free, containing no artificial brighteners and all the other nasties that go into our every day cleaning products these things WORK! The only gripe I have about them is that they’re not explicitly anti-bacterial.
As a family who were exposed to quite a few weeks of sickness at the end of last year and the beginning of this one I’m so, so conscious that the things we use, at the very least, kill germs. We just simply can not afford for too many to enter our home, especially with Toby starting school and Teddy starting nursery in September. Aside from that, when we move house next week we’ll be doing the big clean before it goes on to its new owners. I’m actually excited to get into every nook and cranny. I digress.
The natural dish liquid (lavender and mint) smells good and leaves our washing up clean. Some things did need a little extra soaking but that happens even with a very well known brand of washing up liquid. There weren’t loads and loads of suds but that’s fine with me and I’m happily using this in my kitchen!
There are two types of spray cleaner; all purpose and then a glass and surface cleaner. The all purpose cleaner does exactly what it says on the tin and didn’t leave any residual smell which was actually really nice. I don’t like fruity sideboards or savoury wipe clean tablecloths. I’ll admit that I just use baby wipes when it comes to wiping down any surface (yes, I’m one of those mums) but have since replaced it with the all purpose cleaner and dishcloth and find that it works much better. The glass and surface cleaner is literally one of the best things since sliced bread. I am forever trying to keep the kids and their mitts off of my patio doors but there’s always a nice chocolate hand print or the outline of some nose and lips where they’ve been pressed up against it. One little spray and wipe and it’s streak free and removes the ‘artwork. The best thing about both of these cleaners is that, because they don’t contain any harsh chemicals, they’re safe around kids and pets too!
The Seventh Generation toilet bowl natural cleaner is exactly that. It’s super powerful and has brought the bottom of our toilet bowls up a treat. I usually have to use white vinegar to get any stains to move, even with regular cleaning. And finally there’s the laundry detergent. I don’t usually use a liquid detergent, I tend to keep it to powders and so forth. I don’t really know why, but it’s probably because I have previously stuck with what I know and all I’ve ever known is powder.
Both the concentrate and double concentrate detergents are labelled as ‘free and clear’ and upon looking at the ingredients they are! I love that Seventh Generation are really transparent about what their formulas consist of and it’s certainly an education for all of us. They clean just as well as chemical based detergents, powder ones too, but there are no smells. While I don’t mind laundry that doesn’t particularly smell of anything, I prefer something scented so I’d love to try the natural scented detergents in the future.
Not only are these products free of fragrance they are absolutely perfect for those who suffer with sensitive skin, or those who react badly to chemicals unknown.
Seventh Generation Are Forward Thinking
Not only are Seventh Generation environmentally conscious when it comes to their formulas it literally transcends throughout the whole of the brand. Their packaging is all eco-friendly and totally recyclable and their work ethics and ethos, as described above, sound second to none.
Not only does their ‘free and clear’ ethos apply to laundry and household products it also goes for baby products such as nappies and wipes as well as feminine care. I genuinely can’t wait to see how they’re going to expand on this but I’m sure that whatever comes our way in the next few years will be conscientious and well thought out.
Want To Win Your Own Bundle?
I’ve teamed up with Seventh Generation to offer THREE lucky readers the chance to win their very own bundle of cleaning products. Just enter below. Good luck!
Terms And Conditions
- This competition will open on 8th August and will close on 27th August at 11.59pm
- Three winners will be selected at random.
- Three winners will EACH receive a bundle of Seventh Generation cleaning products
- The cleaning bundle will consist of the following; 1x natural dish liquid, 1 x all-purpose natural cleaner, 1 x glass and surface natural cleaner, 1 x toilet bowl natural cleaner, 1 x free & clear 4x concentrate natural laundry detergent and 1 x free & clear natural laundry detergent
- UK residents only
- No cash alternative will be offered
- The winners will be announced on Raising the Rings social media outlets, not the blog and will be contacted by email
- The winner will have 28 days to respond to their winner’s email.
*This is a collaborative post where the products were also sent in return for a review. All views and opinions are my own.