Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Target Report

In the interests of big-box retailer fairness, I visited Target today to check out what green options they have available. It was a much bigger selection than Walmart. There was a large choice of Burt's Bees products, Dr. Bronner's Castille soap, a few Juice Organics items (the cheaper sister range to Juice Beauty), some Giovanni Organics shampoos (but at a fairly high price point) and some other odds and ends. What annoyed me was that these items were in the cosmetics section, and were not by the general personal care section. If Joe and Jane Public are going to be tempted to try the organic products, in my view they shouldn't have to go looking for them. Sorry, ranting. A small selection of Physician's Formula Organicwear was also available, with the Tinted Moisturizer at $9.94 (compared to $9.93 at Walmart and $11.99 at CVS).

Over in the cleaning and laundry aisles, there was a large selection of Method products, but I'm afraid they are a bit spendy for my budget these days. A couple of Seventh Generation items were also there - again, alas a bit spendy for me. Besides, I've already tried the Seventh Generation laundry detergent and didn't like it because it didn't really get my clothes clean. They did have a bottle of Arm & Hammer Essentials detergent for $2.84 for 26 loads, so I picked up a bottle to try. There seems to be some confusion over whether the Arm & Hammer is completely green because it supposedly contains optical brighteners, but I'm willing to give it a go. It supposedly is based on plant based soaps so at least it's a lot greener than your average detergent, and at that price point it's got to be worth a shot. I got the Mountain Rain scent, as that was the only one on the shelf. I wish they'd had unscented, as it smells like pine toilet cleaner, but we'll see what the clothes come out smelling like. Review to come!

They had two varieties of Tom's of Maine deodorant (apricot and unscented). And three varieties of Tom's of Maine toothpaste, which were on sale for $3.69. They are normally $4.19 (compared to $4.18 at Walmart), so I snapped up a tube.


bleu said...

I am in love with the Method foaming hand wash. After realizing softsoap contains actual drugs I wanted something safe but that worked. The thing about the foaming hand soap is that it gives a little squirt of foam so it goes a really long way. Also it has refill bags. Some of the Method stuff is totally too expensive, I agree.

Solitaire said...

Thanks for the tip! I might check out the Method hand soap next time.