Alternatives
For the Exhibition I have been making comparisons of polluting products or “natural” products to the actual eco-friendly products. The first products I compared were the Greenworks Natural Glass and Surface Cleaner and Windex. I found it very interesting that Greenworks, unlike Windex, was not afraid to show the ingredients on the website in public view.
The ingredients that are in Greenworks are essential oils (natural oils extracted from plants), corn-based ethanol or corn-based alcohol, filtered water, and glycerine (a yellow, sticky liquid that can be used in pollutants but isn’t a pollutant). Also, there is coconut based cleaning agent (coconut scented liquid soap) and soda ash (sodium carbonate which is one of the main ingredients in glass).
The ingredients that are in Windex are ammonia D (ammonia with additives from Windex), 2-butoxyethanol which was used in insecticides, herbicides, and toxic medicine to treat the oil poisoning that was caused because of the Exxon Valdez, and water. Also, there was ethylene glycol hexyl ether which we could not find any information about and isopropyl alcohol (commonly known as rubbing alcohol).
The next and last products I compared were Palmolive, a commonly used dishwashing liquid, and Greenworks Cleaners Natural Dishwashing Liquid. Palmolive wasn’t as afraid to show the ingredients on the site, they showed some but didn’t reveal all of them.
The ingredients that are in Greenworks are coconut based cleaning agents, citric acid (oil from citrus fruits), and biodegradable preservative. Also, there is corn-based ethanol or corn-based alcohol, essential oils, and filtered water.
The ingredients that are in Palmolive are sodium tallowate (ash, steam, and animal fat), sodium palm kernelate (synthetic detergent), water or aqua, and sodium palmate (main ingredient in soap). Also, there is perfume or scent, sodium chloride or salt, glycerine, titanium dioxide (white powder used in paints, sunscreen, etc.), elaeis guineensis (African palm oil), and olea europaea (olive oil). Last but not least there is pentasodium pentetate (used in binding metals), cellulose gum (replacement for sugar), and tetradibutyl pentaerithrityl hydroxyhydrocinnamate (used in cosmetics).
By comparing these products and researching the ingredients I have understood what it means to have a “fake real” label. They claim the product is real or in this case natural, and for some parts that may be true. But for the rest it is completely untrue. That is the reason companies are afraid to publicize the ingredients. So the next time you are looking into buying a cleaner or chemical-based product, look it up online. Typically if the product is natural the website will reveal the ingredients on the site. But if you have to do detailed research like I did, maybe it’s time to look into a different line of cleaning products.