When I look back on my path towards living a greener, healthier lifestyle, I often recall one of our last days in Edinburgh. At nearly 3 months pregnant with my son, our time in that vibrant historic city had come to a close and as we were packing and cleaning our flat, I began to get sick from the smell of the cleaners we were using. I used that opportunity to take a walk down to our local library and began searching for information on the safety of household cleaners and the results were disconcerting. That day, I vowed to carefully research any product we used in our home or around our family. Our goal was to find cleaning and personal care products that were safe for both ourselves and the environment.
Eight years ago, the availability of greener household products was scarce and those products that were available were pricey. Research and innovation were propelled by the demand for safer products. Today, I can shop at my local Walmart for laundry detergent, hand soap, dishwashing liquid and a multipurpose cleaner comprised of sustainable ingredients that are safe to use around my kids. But what about the packages that house these products? For a cleaner to truly meet the green benchmark, we must consider the packaging. One of the things I’ve started doing is refilling my hand soap dispensers to prevent the continual disposal (even if the packaging is recyclable) of those plastic bottles. But when it comes to other cleaners, I’ve yet to find a system that works save the ultra-concentrated laundry detergent offered in smaller packages by a handful of brands.
Founder of the innovative Replenish Refill System Jason Foster is utilizing this same concept of concentrated cleaners to “turn clean upside down,” both literally and figuratively. After sitting down to reflect on what is actually in our cleaning products, he realized that most cleaners are comprised of only 10% ingredients and 90% water. Concerned with the immense number of disposable bottles that end up in our landfills (and our oceans), Foster developed the Replenish Refill System. This reusable plastic bottle features a built-in measuring cup that attaches to a concentrated refill pod. To use, you simply flip the bottle upside down, squeeze the concentrated cleaner from the refill pod to the fill line, flip it over, and add water. Brilliant!
CleanPath‘s line of concentrated cleaners, available exclusively at Walmart, utilize the Replenish Refill System to help save families money while reducing the amount of waste that ends up in our landfills and oceans. Foster’s larger vision is to eliminate 1 million plastic bottles from the environment, remove one billion transportation miles off the roads and prevent one billion chemicals from entering the land, sea and air through his innovative new system.
At present, you’ll find the the following products: Foaming Hand Soap, Foaming Hand Sanitizer, Multi-Surface Cleaner, Bathroom Cleaner, and Glass Cleaner, each of which retail for $3.58 each. Each Refill Pod actually makes 3 bottles of cleaner, which means your cost per bottle is under $1! Refill pods can be purchased for $2.28 each and if you buy the entire line, you’ll never have to purchase another plastic bottle of cleaners, which will be an immense space-saver!
According to their website, the ingredients used in CleanPath’s line of cleaning products are those that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class. With that being said, I still feel I need more information about these chemicals to determine how “green” they are. Ideally, I’d love to see this system combined with cleaners with a “greener” chemical profile.
For more information about CleanPath (I highly encourage you to do your own research), visit MyCleanPath.com.