The closest drugstore to my home is a CVS two blocks away. I pass it along my daily route several times per day and pop in often for prescription refills and other odds and ends. but if I am in need of handsoap, toothpaste, or surface cleaners I am totally out of luck – they’ve got nothing even remotely Eco friendly.
CVS does have its own Earth Essentials brand of recycled paper products, but for some reason they are entirely behind the curve in carrying any kind of green cleaners or personal care products. I cant even find the pseudo green brands like Clorox Greenworks. And there have been times I’ve desperately tried to find some body wash at a CVS in Florida and toothpaste at a CVS in the Philly burbs and came up empty handed, so I’m pretty sure it isn’t store specific.
So it was great news when Walgreens launched Ology, its own line of accessible and affordable products formulated to be free of harmful chemicals. Exclusive to Walgreens family of companies, the Ology brand features a line of baby and personal care products, as well as household cleaners. I knew I could trust it because it is endorsed by Healthy Child Healthy World, meeting the organization’s high quality standards.
I picked up some laundry detergent and all purpose cleaner and I was happy to see all the ingredients listed on the bottle (though I don’t totally understand cleaning product ingredients in general which is why I am happy to let Healthy Child do that work for me). The products were pleasingly green in their recycled packaging as well.
It’s huge step for a major drugstore chain to finally get on board with safer cleaning and personal care products. I hope the other chains take a lesson from this and either start their own brands or simply start carrying the good stuff already out there. At least now when I am in a pinch I can pick up some cleaning products without circling the city.
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