EnviroCloth — New & Improved!!!

EnviroCloth — New & Improved!!!

Isn’t it wonderful when something fabulous gets even more fabulous? The Norwex number one, top-selling item, the EnviroCloth that started Norwex, is now New and Improved !!!

3 things have improved…

  1. COLOUR

For the past nine years I’ve been asked, “what’s with the colour palette for the EnviroCloths???”!!! These cloths have always been available in four colors – red, yellow, blue & green – and now it is available in grey. The grey colour is not only trendy for home decor but it is also practical for hiding stains. It is universal to match any home! The yellow EnviroCloth is now discontinued (that’s okay, it was dedicated for my toilets anyway 🙂 ).

2. MAGNETIC CORNER

Not only is the grey EnviroCloth available in the regular size, it is now also available in a larger size with an added magnet… keeping the Magnetic EnviroCloth convenient and always within reach. Hang it on your fridge, washing machine, barbecue, toolbox, fitness equipment, stroller handle, or simply on your stove. Quick and easy for drying your hands, wiping down a dirt surface, removing streaks and smears, or for drying out the inside ring of your washing machine seal. The magnet makes it quick and easy to hanging your cloth up to dry. This strong magnet in the corner of the cloth will keep your cloth handy 24/7.

3.  MORE MICROFIBER

It gets even better!! For years the EnviroCloth has contained 2.9 million meters of microfiber, which was awesome, but now they are even thicker with more than 10 million feet  / 3 million meters of fiber in every Norwex EnviroCloth.   Making the fiber in each cloth one hundred thousand meters longer.  The fibers in the cloth are still a minimum of  1/200th the size of a human hair.   If you were to unravel the fiber in one cloth, you could reach from Canada all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

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You can FEEL the difference. This makes the cloth more absorbent, totally replaces the need for paper towel, it traps dust and grime inside the cloth and leaves your surfaces streak-free and shiny, all with one amazing cloth. The EnviroCloth replaces the need for any toxic chemicals that used to occupy the space underneath your kitchen sink. Just add water to the EnviroCloth and it has the ability to remove up to 99% of the bacteria from a surface when following the proper care and use instructions.

A FEW USAGE & CARE TIPS:

Norwex Microfiber has the ability to remove up to 99% of bacteria from a surface when following the proper care and use instructions.   But, how old are your Norwex EnviroCloths? Do you know when a your cloth need to be replaced?

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Of course, you can still use these older cloths for detailing the inside of your vehicle, wiping down the barbecue or inside your oven, the patio furniture and outside windows. But if you are wanting to clean a surface with an EnviroCloth as a chemical replacement, ensure that the cloth is less than two years old.

You can also use the EnviroCloth dry and with power of static electricity, it will lift small particles of dirt and dust up into the cloth and prevent it from resettling on your surface. Use it damp for heavily soiled areas and it will pick up everything just by using water.

Norwex is the leading distributor of microfiber products globally. Norwex has cutting edge technology in the microfiber industry with micro silver-embedded BacLock™, that goes to work to self-purify and inhibit odors from bacteria, mold and mildew growth within the cloth within 24 hours so that it is ready to use again. Norwex offers one of the most innovative products in the cleaning industry today. The cloths are totally effective to clean your home, just by using water.

The care for the Norwex EnviroCloth is simple. Launder your cloths in the washing machine on a hot cycle with scent-free detergent like Ultra Power Plus Laundry Detergent and dry them in the dryer with Dryer Balls. Always launder them with lint free clothing articles. Never use fabric softener nor bleach. Never submerge them into soapy water. Only use laundry soap for washing your cloths or deep soaking them.

For heavily soiled or stained cloths, pour boiling water over your cloth in a pot or Pyrex dish. Let it sit and soak for 10 minutes. You can also sprinkle in a little bit of Ultra Power Plus Laundry Detergent for extra cleaning power. Then launder as usual.

A FEW NEW PRODUCTS:

The thicker improved EnviroCloth is now available in the Travel Pack sets and the Magnetic EnviroCloth.  And don’t forget that it comes in GREY!!!

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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

 

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The Big Surprise: Part 6

The Big Surprise: Part 6

There is a famous cloth that hangs in the Norwex home office.  This is the first cloth that Gerd Doroshuk brought to Canada and showed to her friend Debbie Bolton back in 1999.  Gerd had just returned from her trip to Norway visiting her sister.  Once Debbie got her hands on that cloth, a dream was born.  To quote Debbie,

“My journey with Norwex began in 1999, when my dear friend Gerd introduced me to the power of a red microfiber cloth.  Being a passionate, positive person, I couldn’t wait to share it with others.  It was ‘just a cloth”, but when we saw what it could do, we immediately understood its potential – especially knowing that it worked using just water.  Imagine fewer chemicals in our homes!

Working together, Gerd and I discovered that this little red cloth could make a big difference in not just our homes, but in many homes across North America.  It took a bit of courage for us to put our trust in that little red cloth, but we began to purposefully share it with others.  We believed in it, we dreamed big and eventually our dream became our destiny – to leave a legacy for each other, for our families and for our world.”

Debbie connected with Bjorn Nicolaisen in Norway and Norwex was born.  When I attended my first North American Conference in 2007, the famous framed cloth was there.  Here is a picture of Gerd Doroshuk, Tammy Burgardt, Cheryl Moffat and myself.

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Once our tour of the factory was complete, with emotion in his voice Eivind Schackt our Norwex Global CEO made an announcement.  He wanted to give each of his leaders the opportunity to make their our own Red (aka Pink) EnviroCloth.  From start to finish.  We were excited to have seen the nine steps and now we were going to do the nine steps and experience the working on the factory floor.

With a partner we unrolled the microfiber, laid it flat and cut it.

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Here I am laying the microfiber out… and cutting the strip.

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Here we are laying out the fabric for our cloth template.

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Then we laid a template out on the fabric and cut our two cloths.

After that, we went to the inspection tables to inspect our fabric for flaws or dye inconsistency.  Everything was great.  So we moved onto the sewing machines.

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Now this was entertaining!  I actually screamed when my sewing machine it took off on me. I was the first to attempt sewing. I actually screamed and so did everyone else. It was very comical.

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Did I mention, I don’t own a sewing machine and I have never worked on one.  So, needless to say they gave me some test fabric to work out the kinks before sewing my actual cloth.  Check out my YouTube cleannatural to watch my factory clip.

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Albert, who is beside me, is a very long-term employee and manager with Norwex.

After the cloth was sewn and the Norwex tag was attached, I was off to the hot tip table.  They wrapped tape around my left finger to press down each corner after we removed the excess seam and sealed it.

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Then we did our final inspection and ran it through the metal detector.  Well, let’s be honest.  One corner of my cloth wasn’t totally square, so my cloth failed the inspection.  I was still delighted to take my cloth home!!

David pulled all the factory staff off their machines and introduced us.  We cheered for them and they cheered for us.  What an amazing group of hard-working Norwex employees.

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As we were about to exit the factory floor, I wanted to sit and watch one last worker make a cloth. Savour the moment. This was a once-in-a-lifetime trip. I thanked the employees for their diligent efforts and for their amazing craftsmanship – delivering an outstanding product.

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We were then brought back up to the board room for our final surprise!  The idea for us to make the cloths was evidently Eivind Schackt’s idea.  He shared with us the significance of the first Red Enviro Cloth framed hanging in the Canadian Norwex home office.   Then with excitement and full enthusiasm he declared that each of us had just made history and wanted us to take our own framed Red Enviro Cloth home.  Wow, that what an emotional gift!!  Thank you Norwex, for your class and generousity!

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A treasured gift!

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We also received a parting gift:  A beautiful rotating ceramic pot, on an engraved base “Factory Tour Norwex China June 2015”.

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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

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Norwex in China: Part 4

Norwex in China: Part 4

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Visiting the factory, taking a tour and meeting the staff was certainly the highlight of my entire trip.  As I toured through the factory I gave the staff Canadian ceramic mugs as thank you gifts.  My amazing husband thought I was crazy to pack half of my suitcase filled with heavy cups, but when their eyes lit up with joy to receive a mug, not made in China, covered in red maple leafs… it made it all worth it.  Plus, I was strategic, I had room to bring some specials items back home from China!

2015-06-25 14.24.16Norwex certainly has changed a lot in the past 15 years.  A questions I am regularly asked, “why are your cloths made in China?”

The answer is:

  • Norwex owns their own manufacturing equipment and technology in China where the microfiber is made.
  • Norwex has a close relationship with all of their supplying factories and it is a small group to ensure quality.
  • Norwex has employees on site with our most important suppliers.
  • Norwex owns their own cut and sew factory, which we visited.
  • In 1999, the Norwex cloths were made in Sweden.  At that time, our cloths contained 1.5 million meters of fiber.  This was the highest quality that Sweden could produce. China with their elite training, education and degrees in textiles was able to help Norwex develop a cutting edge cloth with 2.9 million meters of fiber per Enviro Cloth.  That is a lot more “micro”fiber per cloth!
  • This area of China is famous for their textiles, knitting and dying.
  • It is a good location for transportation.
  • The city is clean.
  • It is a global economic development zone.

Factory Tour 1

How does Norwex treat their employees?
  • Norwex is voluntarily apart of the UN Global Compact, that has a commitment to quality working conditions.  There are less than 300 companies operating in China who adhere to all of these standards.
  • Norwex only deals with other factories who comply to all of the UN Global Compact regulation.
  • The factory was air conditioned  – thank goodness – because it was warm and humid!
  • The factory was brightly lit with big windows.
  • The factory was extremely clean, with one employee assigned to dusting the floors constantly.
  • Wages are at least 50% higher than the average factory worker in the area.
    • Employees were offered the option to either earn overtime or for Norwex to hire a second shift.  All of the existing employees choose to work the overtime.
    • They are paid 1.5 times over 8 hours on week days, double time on Saturdays and triple time if they work on Sunday.  Currently the factory is running Monday through Saturday.
    • Employees currently average 2-3 hours overtime per day plus an 8 hour shift on Saturday.
  • Vacation pay starts immediately with 6-10 days per year.
  • Family Day: Norwex takes all of the employees out for a day of fun and team building.
  • A complementary dormitory is available for employees and many go home on the weekend.
  • A catering company provides lunch and dinner with five food groups per meal.
  • Safety Bonuses:  For every 25 work days, a safety bonus is given.  Once an employee reaches 250 days, the bonus is then given in 250-day increments.
  • Employees receive a 15-minute break every 2 hours with no limits on drink or bathroom breaks.  They also receive 30-minute lunch and dinner breaks.
  • The factory runs 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Factory Tour 2

Three managers for the Norwex China Factory: David, Albert and May.
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 Norwex has their own team for Research & Development to maintain their high quality control standards.
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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

 

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The Norwex  Hair Turban: a Must-Have

The Norwex Hair Turban: a Must-Have

Regardless of where my travels take me… the Norwex Hair Turban is always packed.

When my girls were young, I would use the turban to dry their hair after each swimming lesson… in turn, they would all share the same turban as they were being dressed.    It was remarkable how they all left the pool with dry shirts.  Previously, I had used a regular towel to do the job, but it just wasn’t up to the task; their long hair would make their shirts soaking wet.

Now that our daughters are older, it became apparent we each needed our own turban!  Now no one enters the washroom to shower without bringing it along.  It’s become a staple in our home!

Drying your hair can be tiresome and time-consuming, especially on those days when you’re in a hurry.  Over-drying can cause your hair to lose its lustre, form brittle/split ends, or even cause breakage.  Plus, every minute you use your blow dryer increases your utility bill.

Simply wear the Norwex Hair Turban for 10 minutes after bathing and it will absorb almost 70% of the water from your hair.  Saves you time, hair damage and money!

The lightweight turban is quickly wrapped on and will not fall off.   The superior microfiber has Baclock™ agent , which goes to work to self-purify and inhibit odors from bacteria, mold and mildew growth within the cloth.

TIPS:

  • Flip your head upside down.
  • With the turban button at the back, tuck your hair into the turban.
  • Twist and loop over hair & fasten the button.
  • For ultra-shiny hair, once a week apply a deep conditioner to your wet hair.  Wrap it up in your Norwex Turban.  After 20 minutes, remove the turban and rinse out the conditioner.
  • Give the Norwex Turban to your friends or family members with long hair…it is the BEST gift!!

Did you know?  If you use a 1500-watt hair dryer for 10 minutes a day, at 10 cents per kilowatt hour, your utility bill will increase by approximately $9 per year.

One of my hosts commented to me that she was not interested in receiving the Hair Turban as part of her hosting package of free products.  She said she already owned a different brand of hair turban.  I encouraged her to simply give the Turban away as a gift, as that particular portion of the hosting package was predetermined by head office.  About 6 weeks later, it was November, she was attending another show that had been booked as a result of her own party.  Her order that evening consisted of 6 more turbans!  I just had to ask why.  She said that she had used the Norwex Turban she received and felt it should go the on “Oprah’s Must Have List”.  That year all of her friends received one for Christmas!

Yes, it’s that good!!  Try it, you will love it too!

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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

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How “Micro” is the fiber?

How “Micro” is the fiber?

Getting all of the surfaces in your home as clean as possible, as quickly as possible, can be challenging.  In addition, many of today’s popular cleaners contain harsh chemicals.  One would assume that since they are sold in our local stores that they were tested and are safe to use.

I was shocked to learn that; “About 80,000 new chemicals have been introduced into the environment in the last 50 years.  Sadly, only about 200 of these have ever been assessed for their impact on human health.”   Bjorn Nicolaisen (co-founder of Norwex)

When first introduced to Norwex, I was intrigued and excited, but my husband was the skeptic.   Hearing that Norwex EnviroCloths could clean the surfaces in my home without the need for additional chemical cleaning products was foreign to me. On top of that, the claim that I could clean my home in a quarter of the time seemed too good to be true.  But, I loved a clean home and was more than willing to remove the chemical cleaning products from where I was raising my young family.

My first thoughts included, What’s the difference between Norwex EnviroCloths and the cloths sold at the dollar store?

What differentiates the two is how “micro” the fibers in the Norwex cloth are.  The cloths available at your local store generally have a fiber size of approximately 1/6 the size of a human hair while the EnviroCloth fibers are 1/200th the diameter of a human hair.  It is how “micro” the fibers are that determines the cleaning ability of your cloth.  If we were to completely unravel an EnviroCloth, the 2.9 million meters of microfiber would reach all the way from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada right down to the Gulf of Mexico!

As incredible as that is, there is still more cleaning ability contained within the cloth!  The Envirocloth has BacLock™ in the cloth – micro silver antibacterial agent – that goes to work to self-purify and inhibit odors from bacteria, mold and mildew growth within the cloth.  This self-purification process ensures the cloth is ready to use again within 24 hours.

The Norwex Microfiber has the ability to remove up to 99% of bacteria from a surface when following the proper care and use instructions.  The super-absorbent cloths pick up and trap everything that was on the surface until you rinse it out.

Our family was totally sold on the Norwex product collection when we learned the cloths were already being used to clean hospitals.  It was this simple; if these cloths cleaned to a level high enough to pass the stringent testing required to be used at the hospital, they certainly were good enough for our home!

Key Benefits:

  • Cuts cleaning time by up to 75% by using only water.
  • No need for harmful chemicals.
  • Saves money by using only water.
  • Eliminates the need for paper towels, creating less waste.
  • Used them dry for dusting, it creates static electricity that lifts the smallest particles of dust and dirt up into the cloth and prevents them from resettling on the surfaces.

Did You Know?

  • Norwex Microfiber products are created in state-of-the-art factories with optimal working conditions.  Check out my posts about China.
  • Most paper towels are bleached and then patterned with dyes.  Drying your hands with them can leave your skin rough and cracked.

Warranty:

  • Two Year Warranty
  • 60-Day Money Back Guarantee

As a leader, I was very selective in naming our Team.  My group of consultants are located throughout North America are called:  “The Solution Team.”  Norwex is the solution!  You’ll clean safely, quickly and thoroughly, using super-absorbent EnviroCloths.  You’ll save time, money and the environment by using only water to clean your home.  You will reduce landfill waste, prevent chemicals from getting into our waterways and protect your family’s health as you minimize dust, allergens and chemicals in your home!

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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

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