Conscious Cleaning

Lux & Eco is proud to announce our partnership with 2 new vendors who want to take the task out of household chores for you by bringing the scents and solutions of nature into your home while ensuring the safety of our shared home, our planet. Keeping clean has become contradictory these days, where we scrub and polish to keep the germs and grime out, but use toxic, carcinogenic chemicals to do so. While the exposure of such compounds is a dangerous and tactile one (between cleaning products and our bodies) the manufacturing, packaging, aromatic use, and disposal of the same products are also deadly for the environment. While in the past decade major headway has been made to create nontoxic and eco-friendly cleaning products and other household remedies, the ingredients are still not completely trustworthy, and the knowledge behind what goes into our cleansers is still vague. Finally, these 2 companies have taken the time to research, test, and approve products that make household work simple, by keeping their products simple. Meet The Laundress and HAVEN, where home cleaning is as safe for nature as it is for you, because each service provided comes from nature itself.

Finding the best of both worlds between sustainability and fashion can be nearly impossible when it comes down to the maintenance of your luxury apparel. In regards to your health and the safety of the environment, the most consciously concocted products are not always the best at caring for the quality of your clothing. Colors often fade quicker and less sturdy materials don’t last as long in your closet, making you consider going back to conventional, and usually harmful, brands

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So who better to trust to bring not only a new product but an entire line of clothing care service to the table than two environmentalists with a background in fashion? Since 2002 Gwen Whiting and Lindsey Boyd have been researching and testing combinations of ingredients that would care for the most high-end fashion items and leave the ones lucky enough to wear them feeling secure in their health. The final product: The Laundress, a company offering full service washing and a collection of items to take care of every cleaning processes imaginable in your own home. The all-encompassing washing supplies are toxin-free, biodegradable, allergen free, are hand crafted by local artisans, and are only made of all-natural and naturally-sourced materials, especially natural bleach alternatives.

Their products cater to literally every clothing type you own: darks, whites, delicates, denim, wool, cashmere – the list goes on. Each material has a partnering product specialized for personal care and maintenance, and each product comes with detailed instructions on how to get the best results using High Efficiency machines or by hand, saving energy and your wallet. There’s a cleaner for bathing suits, for the toughest stains, for impossible creases and easy ironing afterward, and for managing static. Specialized tools for lint removal, brushes for wool or cashmere sweaters, ironing boards, laundry bags and bins, and clothing pins are all made with natural rubbers, natural oil finishes, wood, and sustainable fabrics. After cleaning, all of your storage and organizational needs are taken care of with the company’s closet bags and hangers. The Laundress offers everything in travel size and in convenient packaging and even has a line specific for baby clothing. The Laundress also realize there isn’t always time to tend to our chores. On top of the handful of products offered, The Laundress provides full service cleaning in their New York location, ensuring the last of your dry-cleaning days. You can either ship off your precious threads or drop them off in the shop yourself, all for reasonable rates that you won’t find at your previous dry cleaner.

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A little research revealed that 90% of items labeled “Dry Clean Only” were actually washable.” – The Laundress

And for all of your other household needs – polished mirrors, sparkling counter tops, clean dishes – you can breath easy knowing HAVEN has you covered. Based in Brooklyn and founded by Kayce White, a product of generations of sustainable Carolina farm life. HAVEN relies on all natural materials to produce and even package each of its innovative, yet insanely simple cleaning solutions. Contained in bottles made of recycled plastics and fibers and sold with multiple refill options, each one of HAVEN’s household products combined will leave your house with the fresh, relaxing scents of lemon, mint, coconut, and grapefruit, because the extracts of each are the only components in creating the products. HAVEN provides air fresheners, soaps, cleansers, polishers, and all-purpose sprays that will scrub up what conventional, toxic products left behind, and safely so.

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Lux & Eco is providing you with these esteemed brands knowing that you want the best for your clothes, your body, and your environment. The ultimate luxury is comfort, and that is what we have built our homes to be. In an ideal world attaining this luxury should be nothing short of simple, natural. Now with HAVEN and The Laundress  where being conscious means being clean, it can be.

Allison Beauregard

Allison is a New York City based writer with a focus on sustainability. Her work demonstrates how it is possible to have the “things” that make us happy without compromising the resources that provide these goods. With this vision, Allison sees a future where environmental degradation is reversed and the quality of human life is equally distributed. She is the Category Editor of The Franklin Report and was among the top 5 contributors for Elephant Journal in October 2014.

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