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If companies like Melaleuca & Shaklee are really so green, why don't they print the real ingredients on the label?

Why are they so secretive about what is actually in their "Earth Friendly/Green" products if they really are so Earth Friendly & Green?

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Asked by SabrinaMBowen at 5:48 PM on Jul. 9, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • I've never used them. Most "green" cleaners list their ingredients on the container somewhere. I use Seventh Generation, and theirs are always listed. I mean I see on their websites they don't use bleach, ammonia, or formaldehyde, which are all the main things that shouldn't be used, so I would think they would be ok.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 5:51 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • Here's an example of a label.

    From the MelaPower® 6x Detergent:
    INGREDIENTS: Cleaning Agents (biodegradable anionic & plant derived non-ionic surfactants), solubilzers, fragrance, brightening agents, and preservative.

    There are NO real ingredients listed, just the categories they would fall in to...

    Comment by SabrinaMBowen (original poster) at 5:52 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • Oh and seventh generation also lists the MSDS safety sheets for all their products right on the website too, which I really love.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 5:54 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • Hmmm...after looking around online I can not find one single site that lists the ingredients in any of the melaleuca products. I'd be a little bit suspicious of that.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 5:58 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • I haven't used those brands, but the ones we use list ingredients along with other valuable info.

    Answer by Erin814 at 6:01 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • You won't find one either... The label I listed above is letter for letter what the packaging says - beyond that they refuse to let their ingredients out of house... which makes me REALLY suspicious. Especially since I was allergic to just about every thing I tried! I'm allergic to "Mela Oil" but even the stuff that didn't have that in it, gave me issues similar to what I have when I use Clorox or other chlorine containing products...

    Comment by SabrinaMBowen (original poster) at 6:02 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • hmmm, that is interesting. I would not be comfortable with that.

    Answer by KTMOM at 6:43 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • exactly the reason I don't use them..

    Answer by munchkinaplenty at 7:21 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • They are most likely going by the required government regulations to the letter and won't do anything more than what they are required to do. I guess they are going "green" by saving the extra amount of label paper to list their ingredients :)

    Answer by joysings at 11:47 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • Yeah.... that's a little awkward..

    Answer by ethans_momma06 at 8:35 PM on Jul. 10, 2010

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