Going green is about more than just recycling here and there – it’s a lifestyle choice. This isn’t to say that you should beat yourself up if you’re not composting every single food item; rather, it’s about changing your mentality regarding what you can do to save the planet. It’s about considering how each choice you make, as a consumer and an inhabitant of our earth, can impact the world around you. 

When you make the transition from using traditional chemical-laden cleaning products to eco-friendly ones such as GLAC’s, you’re creating a safer and healthier environment for you and your whole family.

One of the biggest misconceptions that stands in the way of making the shift to eco-friendly living is that it’s wildly expensive, time-consuming, or difficult to achieve. This simply isn’t the case – rather, using renewable resources can actually be more cost-effective!

Switching to as many eco-friendly cleaning products as possible is one of the best ways to combat the harm being done to our environment. The good news is that you can now buy eco-friendly products from local company, Green Life Africa Chemicals (GLAC) at several supermarkets, including Eastcliff Spar, OK Mini Markets and soon at Gateway Lifestyle Centre’s OK Foods. Their products are also available at Build it Hermanus, and among the clients they supply are local schools, residential and business complexes, and well-known hotels, B&Bs and restaurants.

GLAC’s eco-friendly cleaning products are not harmful to the environment, humans or animals. That’s because they are safe, biodegradable, non-toxic, non-corrosive and non-flammable. None of their products contain Formaldehydes. They not only effectively cleanse, disinfect and sanitise your home but also eliminate odour-forming bacteria, leaving behind soft, natural fragrances. 

“By striving to be environmentally friendly, we can set our business apart from our competitors and inspire our customers to reduce their environmental impact and so improve the sustainability of our planet,” says GLAC director, Quentin Richards. “We are deeply committed to ensuring an environmentally friendly code of practice and independent tests done by SAA Technical as well as by the City of Cape Town have both resulted in our environmental safe and eco-friendly products being given the green light.”

GLAC’s green cleaning products include:

Bio Floor Care: A multi-purpose cleaner for any floor surfaces, glass, tiles and ceramic. Supplied in 1L, 5L or 25L containers. This product is non- toxic and non-allergenic, with a Cherry or Lemon fragrance. 

Bin Boss: Used in bins to deodorise and minimise flies and maggots, to eliminate malodours in drains and prevents blockages. Supplied in 1L, 5L or 25L containers. This product (blue in colour) is non-toxic and non-allergenic, with a Cherry or Lemon fragrance.

Degreaser: Used to clean most kitchen surfaces where grease and sludge build-ups are found. Supplied in 1L, 5L or 25L containers. This product is non-toxic and non-allergenic.

Hand Sanitiser Spray Dispenser: Non-alcohol based. No water required – Manual unit, no batteries or electricity required.

Dishwashing liquid: Used for normal hand washing of dishes. Comes in 1L, 5L or 25L containers. Lemon fragrance.

Firelighters and 4kg briquettes: GLAC is the first company to develop a ‘single finger firelighter’ that offers a 17-minute burning time outdoors and up to 20 minutes indoors. The firelighters are all individually wrapped in a compact, clear wrapper, giving the product a longer shelf life. The single finger is ignited with its wrapper in order to avoid contact with the paraffin content.

Five reasons why you should switch to eco-friendly cleaning products:

  1. Green cleaning is less expensive

Keep an eye out next time you go grocery shopping: you may be surprised to see that, more often than not, green cleaning products are more affordably priced than traditional chemical-laden products. By buying eco-friendly all-purpose cleaners that do multiple jobs, you will also save money by eliminating the need to purchase other products. 

2. It’s healthier for you and the planet

When you switch to green cleaning products, you will not only be doing your part to curb the amount of harmful chemicals being released into our atmosphere but also contributing to a healthier home environment. You will no longer be breathing in any Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) found in hazardous chemicals, which can linger in the air long after use and have been associated with a host of health problems. Not only will your overall indoor air quality improve, but you’ll also be reducing certain health risks, such as chemical poisoning, skin irritations, and eye and respiratory infections, just to name a few. 

3. It helps your belongings last longer

One of the best benefits of making the switch to green cleaning products is that their effects tend to last much longer. This is because traditional cleaning products are stuffed with all kinds of toxic chemicals, which aren’t sustainable and do not result in long-lasting effects. In fact, these types of harsh chemicals tend to negatively affect the texture and life of most household items. With green cleaning products, you can ensure that you’re maintaining the longevity of your belongings.

4. One Word: SMELL!

No one likes their home to stink of bleach or ammonia, right? Of course not! Skip out on the strong chemical stench that accompanies most traditional cleaning products and go green, instead. Regardless of whether you’re making your own cleaning agents or buying eco-friendly ones, the smell of these products tends to be much, much more pleasant.

5. Overall Safety

Small children and pets are especially vulnerable to harmful chemicals. When you make the transition from using traditional cleaners to environmentally-friendly ones, you’re creating a safer atmosphere for you and your whole family. Plus, switching to green cleaning products presents an excellent opportunity to become a green role model for young children and to teach them the importance of environmental conservation.

For more information, visit xplorio.com/hermanus/green-life-africa-chemicals-pty-ltd or mrfirelighters.co.za or contact 028 316 1343. For sales, contact General Manager Emile Lubbe on 065 175 9061 or email emile@glafrica.co.za

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