While I was attending the cosmetics allergy talk at the Natural & Organic Products Show this weekend (see full report here), I also spent some time looking for new methylisothiazolinone-free household products on the stands – and not only discovered two brands I’d not come across before, but also heard about one well-known brand’s new plans to phase out its occasional use of isothiazolinone preservatives in the year ahead.
The first to catch my eye were US brand Earthy. The company has an earth-friendly ethos and boasts simple and attractive packaging. CEO John Vlahakis told me no isothiazolinone preservatives are used (phenoxyethanol and potassium sorbate are deployed instead) and that the range is GM-free, gluten-free and vegan. Products include Glass and Window Cleaner, All Purpose Cleaner, several Laundry Detergents, Dish Wash liquid in a variety of fragrances (and one fragrance-free) and a Pet Stain and Odor Remover.
Presently, Earthy is only available in the US, find your nearest stockist / store here. European distribution to hopefully follow.
Next were German company Sodasan, which has a wide range of several dozen environmentally friendly products, which appear incredibly gentle on inspection of their ingredients (all available on their site), including laundry products, household cleaning, washing up, air fresheners and room fragrances.
The detergents are all based on vegetable oils, and the products are free from all isothiazolinones, or indeed any other synthetic preservatives or fragrances. Products are also ECOCERT and vegan certified. They’re now available in the UK (distributed by Pravera), and a selection is also available on Amazon here.
Finally, some news which I’m sure many of MI-Free.com’s readers will very much welcome …
I got talking to Lois Clark, Director at ECOS – the new name, which is being phased in during 2016, for Earth Friendly Products, which are known to use isothiazolinone preservatives in a few of their products.
As well as an attractive new modernised look, Clark told me that plans are afoot to phase out isothiazolinone preservatives during the year, and she hopes all products will be free from MI and related chemicals by 2017. The range is already free of petroleum-derived surfactants, solvents and detergents, as well as phosphates, artificial fragrances and chlorine-based ingredients (see here for a full list).
You can take a sneak preview of the new designs here on the right, and we’ll try to keep you posted on when the new formulations are on the shelves.
For our directory of household cleaning brands free from MI and other isothiazolinones, click here.