Melaleuca: the very definition of GREENWASHING!


More on Melaleuca, and why you couldn’t PAY me to use any of their products. They are the very definition of Greenwashing. If you go to their website you see a  green forest in the background. Their symbol is a green leaf. They’re pitching their products to the green/natural/organic crowd. BUT their products are no better than conventional lines on the market, there are tons & tons of product lines with much safer ingredient labels. I know this is shocking info to some, but this is a perfect example of not being able to trust what any company tells you, you have to read the ingredient labels, which speak (very clearly) for themselves!! Here’s my entry for them on my Greenwashers list: One of the worst of all greenwashers! Next to Arbonne, the worst ingredients I’ve seen in a baby line marketed as safe. I truly despise the misleading that this company is doing! Line not in EWG.  The following ingredients from their Koala Pals baby shampoo/wash is nothing short of horrendous- you couldn’t pay me to use this on my family. Rest of the labels I’ve viewed are more of the same: “Aqua (water/Eau), Sodium trideceth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, PEG-150 Distearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, d-a-Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E), Avena Sativa (Oat) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Amylcinnamyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methypropional, Hexl Cinnamal, Linallol.  Is it possible they make one or 2 safer products– of course. BUT, any company that would make this toxic of a baby wash, what should be their mildest formula, is not a company I would trust to make anything safe. Cleaning product labels are extremely vague, which many cleaning labels are. Things such as non-ionic surfactants, buffering agents, non-disclosed preservatives, doesn’t disclose what IS actually in there, which is very important to know.. Can tell nothing about what they actually do contain by their labels…
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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kerri Nelson
    Jul 22, 2014 @ 12:28:33

    I’ve looked at a few of their products on their website and was shocked (ok, not really) to see the horrendous ingredients used by this self proclaimed wellness company. And when the rep trying to sign me up got me on the phone with customer service so I could question them on the vagueness of some ingredient lists (the laundry detergent in particular) I was told the ingredient list was not available because it was a trade secret. Sorry, but I’m not buying anything from a company that refuses to disclose what’s in their products. That’s what I would call a BIG RED FLAG.


  2. Leigh Williams
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 00:44:46

    Melaleuca uses naturally derived ingredients in their products. Melaleuca never claims to be completely COMPLETELY organic. However, they are a better choice than the products on the shelves at your grocery store wal-mart.


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Jul 29, 2014 @ 02:04:10

      The lesser of two evils can be debated to no end. I’m on a mission to find the best products on the market. I wouldn’t use Melaleuca if paid large sums of money.


    • Kerri Nelson
      Jul 29, 2014 @ 02:23:37

      Whether or not their products are organic is beside the point. (Natural and organic are not the same thing – use of the term “organic” is regulated, use of the term “natural” is not.) They market themselves as providing safe natural products but the ingredient lists reveal otherwise. Many of the products have just as many chemicals as those they are trying to convince you they are better than OR they refuse to reveal the ingredients. And just because they use SOME natural ingredients doesn’t make it a natural product – that’s like throwing goji berries in a cupcake and calling it health food.


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