Lil' Green Wagon is located in SoCal so they personally drop off 5 gallon buckets that they return to be sanitized and it gets refilled over and over again!
Lil' Green Wagon
From the Founder:
My name is Marilyn and I am the heart, soul and working hands behind Lil' Green Wagon LLC. I live in Orange County, CA with my husband and one of my three beautiful daughters. My two oldest daughters, are 1) married and lives nearby and 2) graduated from the University of Michigan and now lives in Chicago. I have an incredible love for dogs and am passionate about finding homes for shelter animals. I've been a vegetarian, now vegan for over 30 years and love to cook from scratch using fresh, organic ingredients. Spending time with my family, snuggling with my dogs, summers in Traverse City, Michigan, watching college football (Go Blue!) and Christmas... these are a few of my favorite things.
Looking for an alternative to commercial cleaning products, I started handcrafting my laundry + cleaning goods in 2007 using simple yet effective ingredients. Realizing many of the products I thought were green had ingredients I couldn't pronounce, I decided to make products with ingredient names you could read and understand. I also wanted them to smell amazing but without the use of synthetic fragrance which I knew was a concoction of man made chemicals and petroleum based. I decided upon essential oils and Lil' Green Wagon was born.
I started doing a lot more research on the companies I loved which I believed to be green, all natural and eco friendly but what I discovered shocked and disappointed me. Many of the companies I had been supporting for years were discretely owned by the big companies who make the toxic products I so desperately avoided using. Did you know Burts Bees is owned by Clorox (makers of bleach, Pine Sol, Liquid Plumber) and Mrs. Meyers Clean Day is owned by SC Johnson (makers of Drano and Raid)? I wanted so badly to believe it wasn't true but it was. I couldn't believe what were once reputable, small and sometimes family owned businesses were now part of the greedy world of companies that didn't care about me or my family let alone our well being; they cared about money. If using the packaging from a once honest business meant they could make more money by not telling us, well then, that's what they were going to do. How could a business be sold, the packaging remain the same yet the ingredients change and no one ever know it? Or worse, that they aren't required to tell us. Deceitful; that's what it is.
Disgusted by the greenwashing they were filling my head with and not knowing who to believe, I took matters into my own hands. I educated myself on who was the backbone to the products I loved. It wasn't easy, but in the end, it was clear I needed to create my own cleaning products and support none of them. Of course we all know Greenworks is a Clorox company but do you feel good about supporting Clorox even though the product you're using may be a little greener? I know I sure don't.
I believe nature provided us with the tools we need to live a clean, healthy, sustainable life. Unfortunately, most cleaning products found on the market today are filled with synthetic chemicals and artificial fragrances. They found their way here because they were easily mass-produced and cheap. No one knew what long-term effects these chemicals were going to have on our health, oceans, landfills; our planet. More importantly, no one seemed to care.
I knew there had to be a better way. I knew we could clean our homes without leaving behind chemicals which were much more dangerous than the germs and bacteria we were killing. Lil' Green Wagon LLC ingredients are simple, yet effective. Our packaging is designed to be beautiful and also refilled and reused aiding in the reduction of waste going into our landfills.
I spent years developing my formulas, tweaking and changing them along the way. I wanted them to work great and smell wonderful! My friends and family were happy to be my testers, because I would never even think of using animals. Every thing sold by Lil' Green Wagon is designed, tested and packaged with love by me and my hardworking friends and family. With their blessing, I bring my goods to you. I hope you love them as much as we do.
Marilyn // owner + founder
Lil' Green Wagon LLC