Spring Cleaning with Biobased Products

March 8, 2018

Our fourth installment of Sustainable Substitute features cleaning products useful for spring cleaning. This installment features Seventh Generation® and a few of their many Certified Biobased Products. Seventh Generation® is a Certified B Corporation, meaning they use their business to solve social and environmental problems.

Seventh Generation® formulates products while thinking about the impacts on the next seven generations. They have a strong foundation on taking care of the environment and preserving natural resources. For more than 25 years, the company has been making plant-based products. By 2020, the company also hopes to achieve zero waste. Most of their packaging is already 100% recyclable and includes “How to Recycle” icons on each package.

Seventh Generation® offers many Surface Cleaners that are biobased. Their All Purpose Natural Cleaner is biodegradable and 91% USDA Certified Biobased. The packaging is made from 100% recycled plastic and is recyclable.

For washing dishes, try Seventh Generation’s Dish Liquid! The soap is 95% USDA Certified Biobased, has no dyes or synthetic fragrances. It’s also biodegradable and has a 100% recycled plastic bottle. The soap comes in fragrances with plant-based essential oils and botanical extracts including Lavender Floral & Mint, Lemongrass & Clementine Zest, and Fresh Citrus & Ginger.

If you’re looking for some new and sustainable laundry detergent, Seventh Generation’s Laundry Detergent is made from palm oil and is 97% USDA Certified Biobased. The bottle is made from 80% recycled plastic and 20% derived sugarcane plastic. The detergent comes in fragrances with plant-based essential oils and botanical ingredients giving your laundry a clean and fresh scent.

These are just three of Seventh Generation’s sustainable cleaning products. If you’re looking to do some spring cleaning this month, check out Seventh Generation’s website for more biobased cleaning products or the USDA’s BioPreferred Catalog.

Biobased products provide a sustainable substitute to petroleum-based products and help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Use #BiobasedLifestyle to follow the campaign and to show us what biobased products you’re using to create a more sustainable future.


Sustainable Substitute is a series centered around providing education about sustainable products for every day use. This article was written by Kaitlyn Evans, OBIC Student Assistant and Sophomore at The Ohio State University.