Three New Products from Seventh Generation
Love their soaps and spray cleaners? A sucker for their paper products? Green cleaning giant Seventh Generation has launched three new products into the ecosphere. Guess who scored review samples to test drive for you and a peek at the not-yet-publicly-released press kit? Read on for the results write up.
With so many companies still not bothering to step up at all, I like to support those that do with exposure. So when Seventh Gen's media maven Meghan Butler expressed an interest in a Wise Bread review of their newly released products, I was psyched. Following are the results.
These are made of paper and come unbleached in 65 count boxes with an MSRP of $4.99 - $5.29. You'll find them a bit different if you're a die-hard polyester fabric sheet person. These are crisp, perforated and totally biodegradable. They even make great compost pile additions once they've been used. While they also come in unscented, I found the scented ones to be delicate enough to not be obtrusive. Translation? The men of the house won't feel like they are heading to the gym with Jasmine scented sweat socks. I admittedly don't use dryer sheets very often to begin with, so a detailed comparison isn't the type of information you'll be finding in this review.
I can say this: They don't send me into severe fits of sneezing like other dryer sheets tend to do when I bother to use them, and the snap crackle pop show that normally happens when I pull things out of the dryer was virtually non-existent when I tried these out. Since in my mind their sole purpose is to provide a light fluff and keep me from shocking myself silly, I'd say these pass the test. If you haven't been able to give up your regular dryer sheets and have been looking for a green alternative, these might be just what the doctor ordered. I notice they aren't up for sale yet on Amazon, but are apparently available via brick and mortar retail sources like Whole Foods.
While the company has had dishwasher products for some time, the individual tabs haven't been in their repertoire. These come in recycled product boxes of 15 each, with an MSRP $4.19 - $6.49. Unfortunately, I was left with a film after using these. That being said, I end up with a film from many dishwasher soaps due to hard water. In the interest of fairness, I'm farming out the extra samples to a couple of friends on different county water supplies and asking them check back in through the comment section with any notable results either way.
Since I've been uber thrilled with every other product from Seventh Generation I've ever tried, I'll willing to hold off on a judgement call here and ask for further input from any others who have tried the tabs. Chances are if you have used their other dishwasher cleaning products and had good luck, these will work for you as well. But I really would love it if people would share their experiences either way on this one. Never hurts to get group input, right?
Again not a product I tend to use often. I'm more of a vinegar in the rinse aid dispenser type of girl. However, even the dishwasher soap product I normally use still tends to leave a light residue on the inside of my drinking glasses. Test driving this new product reduced that significantly. So if you prefer a specially formulated rinse aid, this may be a green alternative you want to check out. (I'd be interested to hear how those of you with varying water issues have made out with this product as well.) The new rinse aid comes in an eight-ounce recycled bottle good for up to 75 loads. The MSRP is $4.19 - $5.19.
That's it for this round. Coupons for additional Seventh Generation products can be found on their web site using this link. Have a great green day, folks!