Costco Kirkland Signature Eco Friendly Cleaners
Posted by Norman Fong
Costco’s Kirkland Signature Environmentally Friendly – Eco Friendly cleaner made from environmentally friendly ingredients that are biodegradable and biorenewable. Plant based formula, made from bio-renewable resources. No Phosphates or dyes, cruelty free, natural fragrance. Costco Connection has an article on this product in Costco Magazine page 55.
Kirkland Signature Environmentally Friendly fabric softener is also available. It uses biodegradable softening agents.
Costco Kirkland Signature Eco Friendly Cleaner Ingredients
Costco lists all active agreements. Coconut and palm oils ingredients as well as natural plant oils are used. MSDS documents are tough to get. Calling Costco at 800-774-2678 lead to a recommendation to call their supplier for these products, Huish detergents – Sun Products, at 800-776-6702. You can call them and ask for the MSDS documents.
Costco follows the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) requirement of cleaning agent degrading. Biodegrades 70% in 28 days after functioning.
Costco has stated that “Palm and coconut products are purchased only from certified-sustainable plantations where deforestation and irreversible damage to the ecosystem are forbidden.”
Per the MSDS documents, the Multi Purpose Cleaner has Cocamide DEA (From coconut oil, toxicity) and d-limonene (major component of the oil extracted from citrus rind). They do not indicate how much is present.
The Liquid Dish Detergent has Ethanol. (On the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders)
Liquid Laundry Detergent did not list items on its MSDS.
Digging into a product takes a while but can produce some interesting results. At least Costco is moving in the right direction. Using these products rather than old fashion ‘regular’ cleaners is a step in the right direction.
Don’t forget to wash your clothes in cold water.
Clorox Green Works Laundry Detergent
Clorox Green Works openly list their ingredients open on their packaging, unlike most other Clorox products:
Water, plant-based cleaning agents (methyl ester sulfonate, alkyl polyglucoside, cocodimethyl amine oxide), glycerine, water softener (sodium citrate), plant-derived soap (oleic acid), enzyme stabilizer (boric acid), natural enzymes, alkalinity builder (sodium hydroxide), fragrance with essential oils, salt, calcium chloride, biodegradable preservative, blue & yellow colorant. Contains no phosphate or bleach.
Their MSDS (Material Safety Document Sheet) document shows several hazardous ingredients and petroleum-derived ingredients. Clorox Green Works products are not perfect, but a step in the green, eco friendly direction. Clorox has wide distribution so they will allow more mainstream customers to access greener cleaning products. We prefer the slightly more green Method ultra concentrated or Seventh Generation products ourselves as they do not have petroleum derived products. What exactly is a natural cleaning product?
Alternative Eco Friendly, Green Cleaning products
An easier route we take is buying Planet, Seventh Generation, or Method product from a local grocery store or Amazon. Free shipping and low prices make it easy. These vendors clearly declare ingredients used in their products. No need to lug the heavy items too!
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