When it comes to getting the job done, Seventh Generation cleaning products have earned their reputation for great results. Our plant-based household care products handle daily cleaning needs without harsh chemicals or synthetic scents. They even take care of most cleaning needs for the offices at Seventh Generation headquarters here in Burlington, VT.
Did you know? The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 31 tons of plastic waste was generated in 2010, and only 12 percent of the plastic bags, sacks, and wraps created were recycled. Additionally, every school lunch creates an average of 67 pounds of trash per school year.
When we got our solar water heater, a well-meaning friend cautioned that its unconventional nature might actually detract from our home's value because homebuyers don't like things they aren't used to. He'd heard that on the market, "green" homes are a novelty not worth the premium they cost to create.
Nature is like a good garlic aioli. It's a beautiful, wonderful thing. But that doesn't mean we want it everywhere and on everything. Sometimes we need to keep the wilderness at arm's length and hang a bit of civility on what is usually a rather insistent web of life. The question is how to proceed without tearing its strands to pieces.
“By the way, we have about 8,000 honey bees in our living room.”
As conversation-starters go, this is one of our better ones. And it’s true – we do have about 8,000 honey bees in our living room – give or take 1,000. Thankfully they are all very safely contained, with a clear path directly to the out-of-doors.
For most of us, the household garden is an epicenter of our attempt to live a greener life and one of the few places where the only invited guest is nature itself. The things we grow there are the purest and safest possible. The trouble is, the things we use to grow them often are not.
Just before the Fourth of July, while the country steeped in memories of its birth and recalled the rebels who midwifed not just a new nation but a new way of thinking about such things, one of Seventh Generation's founding fathers was singled out for his own historic efforts. And it's an honor our former longtime leader has more than earned.