Many parents worry about whether there are harmful chemicals in the cleaning supplies used in schools. To their rescue has come Grades of Green, a group that helps parents and schools switch to safe cleaning products and other environment-friendly practices.
I've worked for Seventh Generation in one capacity or another for 19 years, which means that it's been about two decades since I switched exclusively to green cleaning products. I am most happy about this decision in April and May, when the annual rites of spring cleaning begin.
The dress was canary yellow and sleeveless, 1960s vintage, with an empire waist and delicate ruffles at the neck and hemline. It cost $18 at a local consignment shop, and wearing it to my senior prom helped me stand out in a sea of nearly-identical poufy princess dresses.
Ours is a pretty enviro family whose life is painted about as green as we can get it. Yet no matter how eco we go, there will always be a roll of recycled paper towels in the cabinet over the stove. Why on sustainable Earth do we use a disposable product, you ask? Because it's the healthy thing to do.
Here in the Green Mountain State, the Alliance for a Safe and Healthy Vermont, a broad coalition that includes environmental groups, health advocates, businesses, and organized labor, is advocating legislation that would require schools to use environmentally preferable cleaning products.