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I learned that CFL bulbs are better for the environment
Walmart is celebrating Earth Month by helping shoppers "save & live green" with a special eco-focused section of their website. Consumers can educate themselves with informative articles and tips, share advice with the Walmart community and, of course, shop smarter AND greener! There is also an accompanying Walmart Earth Month YouTube Channel, where you can view money and earth-saving strategies from the Elevenmoms.
As a member of the ever-growing More Than Elevenmoms splinter group, I received several products from Walmart's Earth-Friendly Housewares and Earth-Friendly Appliances selection to review. I've written about the Clorox Greenworks line before so I knew that I would love the Green Works Natural Dishwashing Liquid and Green Works All Purpose Cleaner Spray. These products work just as well as traditional cleansers but they are 99% natural and biodegradable, with no fumes or chemical residues. This Earth Month factoid really strikes a chord with me: If every Walmart shopper bought one canister of Green Works™ natural biodegradable cleaning wipes, we could keep 12 million pounds of petroleum-based plastic from being produced*. Plus, I love the fact that they're compostable so keeping the counters tidy doesn't mean throwing endless paper towels into the landfills.
I also received a jug of Tide Coldwater. I already prefer washing my laundry in cold water and I do use Tide so this is a great product for me. It's been specially formulated to wash better in cold water, which saves energy and potentially a little money on your heating bills: If every Walmart customer switched to washing in cold water with Tide® Coldwater for 50 loads, we could save nearly $4 billion and 39 billion kilowatt-hours of energy*.
The Brita Riviera Digital Pitcher is an updated version of the filter pitcher I came to know and love in college. It has an electronic filter change indicator that reminds you when to change the filter so you have clean, odor-free drinking water. This is really a great thing in a town like Wichita that tends to have stinky tap water! And if you pair it with a reusable cup or container, you save the waste from buying bottled water: If all 200 million Walmart customers used filtered water, we could keep billions of plastic bottles out of our landfills*.
The last thing I reviewed was a Bissell Little Green Floor Cleaner. With six cats, a five year old and a particularly messy 20 month old, having access to a spot cleaner was very nice indeed. We don't have carpeting but we do have area rugs and Jasper is fond of smooshing berries into them. I was impressed with the Little Green's performance, even on old stains. Better still, it features a sustainable design and packaging, PVC-free tanks and hose. Even the formula is clean and green! Best of all is the fact that the Little Green is made from recycled plastics: If every Walmart customer bought a Little Green machine, it would be like recycling two million bags of trash*.
*Here's the data to back up the earth-friendly claims of these products!
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