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ZERO-VOC Spray is Cleaning Up America

Best of All, it is Safe, nontoxic, unscented and certified organic for people, pets and our planet

Middlebury, Vermont (July16, 2013) – With indoor pollution and sick building syndrome running rampant in the modern world; pioneering organic products innovator Vermont Soap has revealed the world’s FIRST certified organic ZERO VOC surface cleaner ever! Liquid Sunshine ZERO-VOC spray cleaner, which is safe for infants, children, pets, asthmatics and immune system compromised individuals, can be used in the kitchen, bathroom and playroom and on walls, floors, toys and fine furniture. Use to clean ALL water safe surfaces.

Unscented Liquid Sunshine ZERO-VOC spray cleaner cleans ALL water safe surfaces without scents or colors or potentially toxic materials. According to Vermont Soap Founder Larry Plesent, this product represents the future of personal care products.

“Consumers are also tired of being told their products are natural when they cannot even pronounce the ingredient names,” says Plesent. “It is only by steering our society toward truly natural, organic and sustainably made products that we can change course and stop rushing headlong down the path of disassociation towards the natural world. The world that sustains us,” adds Plesent.

Although most Vermont Soap products are made to USDA organic food standards, their most sensitive customers have been asking for additional unscented products. In addition to the new Liquid Sunshine ZERO-VOC spray cleaner, Vermont Soap’s aroma free collection includes: Unscented green Gold Herbal Moisturizer; Baby Wash and Shampoo, various bar soaps including the Butter Bar, Vermont Clay Soap, Cocoa Butter Bar, Foaming Hand Soap, Shea Butter and Castile Liquid Soap. Look at Vermont Soap and New Products post. 

Unscented Liquid Sunshine ZERO-VOC spray cleaner is sold in 16 ounce and 1 gallon bottles. It is also available in a 5 gallon Cubetainer. Like all of Vermont Soap’s products, the new hypoallergenic, biodegradable, safe and non-toxic cleaner can be purchased online at http://www.vermontsoap.com and at discriminating retail outlets nationwide.

More Information about VOCs (Volatile organic compounds) are organic chemicals that evaporate quickly into the surrounding air. They are responsible for most aromas natural and human-made from paint to perfume. Whether smelling a flower or gasoline, it is VOCs that we are sensing.

Human-made indoor VOCs are regulated by law. According to the EPA potential health effects include eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system. Some organics can cause cancer in animals; some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans. Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs include conjunctival irritation, nose and throat discomfort, headache, allergic skin reaction, dyspnea, declines in serum cholinesterase levels, nausea, emesis, epitasis, fatigue and dizziness.

The ability of organic chemicals to cause health effects varies greatly from those that are highly toxic, to those with no known health effect. As with other pollutants, the extent and nature of the health effect depends on many factors including level of exposure and length of time exposed. Eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, and memory impairment are among the immediate symptoms that some people have experienced soon after exposure to some organics. At present, not much is known about what health effects occur from the levels of organics usually found in homes. Many organic compounds are known to cause cancer in animals; some are suspected of causing, or are known to cause, cancer in humans. See http://www.epa.gov/iaq/voc.html#Health_Effects for more information of VOCs.

Now in their 20th year in business, Vermont Soap is an organic and natural soap innovator. They are dedicated to replacing yucky petroleum based products with yummy organic and natural botanical based solutions The company makes 100% natural and non-toxic alternatives to the chemical based personal care products now in general use. Most products made by Vermont Soap are certified to USDA organic standards by Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF), the certification program of NOFA-VT.

Larry Plesent started Vermont Soapworks in 1992 after experiencing severe skin problems from detergents used by his window washing company. He began researching healthy alternatives for himself and the many people like him that are sensitive to detergents and other synthetic ingredients commonly used in personal care product formulations. The company has grown from a two person operation in 1992 to the largest manufacturer of handmade organic bar soap in North America, selling products in more than 2,500 stores nationwide. Vermont Soapworks also operates a Discount Factory Outlet Store that features an Antique Soap Museum, factory tours and demonstrations. Vermont Soapworks’ manufacturing operation was among the first in the US to be certified as a USDA organic processing facility specializing in topical products. For more information, visit www.vermontsoap.com or call 1-866-SOAP-4U2.

Why buy it when you can grow it yourself?

Easy tips and tricks for making and growing your favorite food and kitchen products, right in your own home. 

Back to basics is the name of the game in TakePart’s Home Grown Kitchen Series which launched today and is the ultimate guide to getting a sustainable kitchen up, running and fabulous. Want to help change our food system and the way you eat for the better? TakePart is providing the DIY Nitty Gritty on 6 areas that anyone can easily make changes in their personal life, including:

  • Canning & Preserving
  • Green Cleaning Supplies
  • Kitchen Gardening
  • Heirloom Seeds & Produce
  • Composting and even raising Backyard Chickens!

TakePart has gone to the experts and learned that the solutions are actually very simple! They’re the kinds of things our grandparents and great grandparents parents used to do.

Highlights include:

  • “Saving the Season’s” Kevin West who says “home canning is just home cooking by another name” and shows us how easy it is to savor the fruits of summer year-round. West says, “If you have the kitchen skill to make cookies from scratch, or the patience to simmer a pot of tomato sauce for pasta…, then you have everything you need to make a batch of jam, pickles, or relish.”
  • Dianne Ott Whealy, founder of Seed Savers Exchange which she started to share her Grandpa’s Morning Glories and German Pink tomatoes talks heirloom varieties and what the big whoop is, especially given the current Heirloom Hysteria, a condition seen today in grocery aisles and on restaurant menus everywhere.
  • 5 Simple Make-Your-Own Green Cleaners—You don’t need chemicals to keep your kitchen sparkling!
  • 10 Essential Beginners’ Tips for Raising Backyard Chickens from Robert Litt who wrote the book on it and says “Raising backyard chickens is one of the easiest ways to enjoy a healthy source of protein while eating more sustainably and cutting down your carbon footprint.”
  • And tips for making homemade jams from Los Angeles Restaurateur Jessica Koslow—something she knows a thing or two about since she launched her career with signature flavors like kumquat-rhubarb and strawberry-rose geranium.

You will want to read more, here is the FULL FEATURE: http://www.takepart.com/homegrown