Improve health and waste nothing: The Elemental Essentialz formula





Rick Lingle, Technical Editor — Packaging Digest, 6/14/2013 1:02:16 PM


Theresa HarrisTheresa HarrisTheresa Harris, founder/CEO of Elemental Essentialz, presents her unique sustainability-driven insights Tues., June 18, from 1:00 – 2:45 p.m. as part of the EastPack seminar series. For more information or to register for the conference or the show, visit


As a chemistry teacher and former developmental specialist, Theresa saw firsthand the increase in developmental delays and disorders. Along with research linking chemicals found in our homes to an increase in various health issues, she felt an obligation to take what she knew and formulate cleaners that were both safe and effective.


Additional research led her to the realization that her customers were also concerned with consumption levels and waste production. The rebel in her itched to upset the status quo, and she decided to take on both issues, making it her mission to “Improve Health & Waste Nothing.”


Packaging Digest asked her to share insider information on her approach to business and packaging.


Q: What was your hobby and how was that propelled into a growing business?
A: Cake Pops (cake on a stick)! Unfortunately my teenage sons and I ate them faster than I could make them, and I realized I needed a hobby that nurtured my creativity, not my waistline. Around the same time I happened upon an article about the dangers of certain chemicals in cleaning products. I was shocked to learn the ingredients in household cleaners did not have to be listed in their entirety. I decided to make homemade cleaners that weren’t dangerous for my family. In doing so, I had three priorities, that they needed to be safe, smell nice and be pretty. 

I started with used wine bottles because they were beautiful and free! As an aside, it turned out that many high school teachers enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day. I was proud of my little sets of cleaners and started sharing them with friends and family. The response was amazing…and here we are!


Q: What are the essentials of your “waste nothing” approach?
Our approach is to bridge the gap between knowing what is right and being able to achieve it. Our customers want to consume and waste less. They do not want to negatively impact our planet. Current efforts to help make this happen, including improvements in packaging, are often “invisible” to consumers. That’s not to say those efforts aren’t admirable. The impact of these changes on our planet is positive and significant, but the customer doesn’t get to “feel” they are making their own contribution. By packaging in refillable and reusable glass bottles, we make it easy for our customers to feel good about joining the mission to “Reuse for Zero Waste.”


Q: Why has this resonated with retailers and consumers?
Ultimately, we are making it easy for our customers to feel better about how they are treating our planet. Our products are safe, beautiful and, simply by purchasing their first bottles, consumers can “waste nothing.” The ambiguity over how, where or even if our bottles can be recycled is a non-issue and our customers never have to feel guilty about adding another empty household cleaner to our landfills or oceans. For retailers, I think they recognize the priority consumers are now placing on reducing waste. Providing a new and unique solution for their customers is an obvious win-win.


Q: What is one piece of advice you can share with consumer packaged goods companies?
I feel funny offering advice to an industry to which I am still so very new, especially since I feel much of our success came about almost accidently. By hard work, yes. But a brilliant and calculated packaging plan, no. 

I’ll explain why I think that’s important. We chose wine bottles because they were pretty and, in the beginning, free. We started allowing our customers to refill them to save money—ours and theirs. Fast forward almost two years…our packaging approach is now considered by many to be sustainable and innovative. Thankfully, these are two good qualities to have these days. 

Looking back, I just wanted to make something that was safe and beautiful and the package was always part of the product. 

My advice would be, when considering a new package, treat it as part of the product, not separate from it, not something to be discarded. Ask yourself, is it safe? Is it beautiful? And will it always be? If the answer is no, I guess I would ask, what can be done to change that? 







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The Truth About Harsh Pet Stain Removers Chemicals That Are Hurting Your Family

The Truth About Harsh Pet Stain Removers Chemicals That Are Hurting Your Family

Ever Wonder Your Pet Stain Removers Are Created With?

Did you know that older pet stain removers were developed to make your pet pee more. You daily household pet stain removers do have so many secrets. What do you really know about them?

I am about to tell you what you are cleaning pet stains with and when you leave your pet alone what type of chemicals you are leaving behind.

In this article you will learn about the health effects your children, pets and the earth are suffering from simply because you may have not known better.

Important Facts That Open Your Eyes

1. Many childhood problems such as eczema, asthma, and learning disabilities are induced by toxins from household cleaners and toxic raw materials.

2. EPA Considers Common Household Cleaners “Hazardous Waste” – household over cleaners, drain cleaners, wood, tile and grout cleaners, tub cleaner and bleach.

3. Around the year in 2005 218,316 reported poisonous exposures from your common household cleaning products. That is about 9 out of 10.

4. In the United States the common household generates more than 20 pounds of hazardous waste per year. In fact the average home will accumulate 100 pounds of household hazardous waste.

5. According to a Toronto Air Conference that was done for 15 year study women who have done work at home had a 54% higher death rate from cancer than those who worked away from home. The study came to find that it was a direct relation to the increased exposure to toxic chemicals, many which have been found in your common household cleaners.

6. Only a small percentage of the registered chemicals in household cleaning products have been actually tested for human health concerns.

Natural Cleaning Products In The Home Need To Be Safe

Your home should be the safest place in the world for your family and pets.

Although natural cleaning products seem to be available they do not seem to work as well. Especially in the terms of pet stains and odors.

In fact did you know that pet stain removers in the past were developed with ammonia which is toxic, but also this ammonia raw material was known to have your pets continue to pee in the same spot.

Simply because animals have ammonia in there urine and believe when you clean the stain with an ammonia based pet stain cleaner. Another dog is in fact peeing in that spot.

This was grand marketing scheme for some larger corporations and we are addressing this.

Not only do pet stain removers need to be organic and safe they must soothe the soul.

With this in mind a new Green Bean Cleaning Product has been developed to not only clean pet stains, odors, but also using an aroma therapy like fragrance which soothes the users. Imaging coming home to clean carpet that has zen like fragrances that will relax you.

This product will not mask odors, in fact it will encapsulate the carpet fiber. While encapsulating it neutralizes the odor and stains. So no matter how old the stain is, it literally no match for Stainerizer.

How Green Pet Stain Remover Is Completely Different

When Your Green Bean Cleaning It Is Entirely A Different Experience

Do not have to worry about toxic chemicals and in fact will be making your family healthier.


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What is the Green Seal in Cleaners and Where to Buy Them

What is the Green Seal in Cleaners and Where to Buy Them

Consumers are more aware of their choices than ever and cleaners are no exception. The organization that most turn to is the Green Seal. The Green Seal is an independent, non-profit organization that is dedicated to the protection of the environment and human health as well as transforming the market by promoting the manufacturing, purchasing, and use of environmentally responsible products and services. The Green Seal uses science-based certification standards that are both credible and transparent. Their industry knowledge and standards have allowed for environmentally responsible choices to be made for positive business behaviors and a better quality of life. The first certification with the Green Seal was in 1992. Since then, many businesses, universities, government agencies, and other institutions have benefitted from the Green Seal.

The goal of the Green Seal standards is to identify sustainable leadership performance levels and practices for products and services. These products and services can be cleaning products as well as office supplies, construction supplies, and vehicles. This process is based on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards. Products or services are evaluated using a life-cycle approach to ensure all possible environmental impacts are considered in the development of a standard, from raw materials through manufacturing to use and disposal. The evaluations done are thorough using state-of-the art scientific evaluations that are used globally.

The Green Seal criteria in section GS-8 for household cleaners is rather extensive, but can be summed up in a few ways. A product must be easy to use in most household conditions, such as not requiring water at special temperatures in order to use. The performance is also measured in that the product must clean as well as or better than nationally recognized products. The safety of the product is strictly tested in that the undiluted or diluted products cannot be corrosive or cause any injury as well as harbor any toxins that are harmful to human or any other life forms. The environmental aspects of course are strict as well. Products must be biodegradable in water, compostable, and not create air pollution. Some things such as phosphorous are used very minimally with their known impacts on water supplies. Certain agents never be used such as heavy metals. The Green Seal also requires and discourages any use of perfumes or animal testing, so consumers are completely aware of the product from all of its stages of manufacturing. Labeling and packaging are also required so that consumers are aware of all content and can dispense of the products wisely.

There are a few household cleaners that are already listed for earning the Green Seal. There are a total of 11 manufacturers who have earned this so far. Among them are names that are easily recognizable such as Office Depot, Ace Hardware, and Simple Green. Products can be looked up on the Green Seal website at Several stores and supermarkets are carrying more of these cleaners all the time. They are usually found in the natural section of the supermarket and sometimes with other cleaners.

The Green Seal is increasing the numbers of products that can be used in any home. The website has new standards developing for more products and listing more each year. This is just one of the many ways to support the Earth and live well. is a comprehensive ecommerce website that combines robust commerce, content, and community.  We believe that we have created the most comprehensive site to date to make eco-friendly products, services, and information available to individuals who wish to live a green, more eco-friendly lifestyle.  Our site offers a very broad and diverse array of eco-friendly products as well as comprehensive, authoritative information and environmental education.  Additionally, users can enjoy the sense of community created by participating in our Forum.

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    Household recycling

    Household recycling

    Household Recycling and your recycling bin
    Recycling is an important factor in conserving natural resources and greatly contributes towards improving the environment.   A large percentage of household’s still do not recycle enough and throw everything that they consider ‘rubbish’ into their ordinary bin and not into a recycling bin. On average every person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks. Each year in Britain, we throw away 28 million tonnes of rubbish from our homes. This weighs the same as three and a half million double decker buses. A queue of buses that long would go around the world one and a half times. (Source: The Green parent website).

    Some useful tips for Household recycling:

    Household Recycling. Recycling in and around the home can be easy when you know how. By thinking carefully about what products you buy at the supermarket and how to recycle them is the first step towards efficient recycling.

    Find ways of recycling different materials. Many materials can be recycled, such as paper, plastic, metal and glass. Other items such as furniture, electronic equipment, building material and vehicles can also be recycled but many people don’t often think to do so.

    Buy products that can be recycled.When shopping at the supermarket, buy products that can be recycled easily such as glass jars and tin cans.

    Buy products that have been made from recycled material.You can tell if a product is eco-friendly by looking at the label on the packaging.

    Avoiding buying hazardous material.It is difficult to recycle products that contain hazardous waste. Try to find safer alternatives to household cleaners and buy non-toxic products whenever possible.

    Recycle bins. Make sure you have a recycle bin in your home. Keep it in an obvious place so you won’t forget to use it. Your local council should be able to provide you with a recycle bin that can be used for materials such as glass, paper, aluminium and plastic. There are a wide range of recycling bins available so you can now recycling virtually any household rubbish.


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