Sunday, August 31, 2014

Why I am Proud Norwex Microfiber is Made In China

Some are shocked to see that Norwex microfiber is made in China.  It is understandable as many of us have heard stories of deplorable conditions in factories in China.  Let me put your mind at ease right away and tell you that is 100% NOT true of the Norwex factory in China where all Norwex microfiber is made.

Shortly after Norwex came to Canada, rapid growth resulted in new plants being needed to produce the microfiber (the parent plant was in Norway, but could not keep up production); so they sourced out a new one. Turns out that you can get a Ph.D. in textile engineering in China and that they were more technologically advanced – which actually resulted in Norwex being able to double the amount of microfiber in the previous cloths produced in Norway. The plant in China is completely run by staff from Norway, who live there and oversee all activities. Norwex does not manufacture or purchase product or deal with any companies that are not fair trade or that exploit workers. When Debbie Bolton (CEO North America) visited she was exceptionally impressed by the cleanliness and efficiency of that plant (no, it is not a sweat shop!). 

Here is a screen shot taken of the answer the question " from the official Norwex F.A.Q. found here:
click on graphic for a larger view.

In the 2011 Norwex Global Update Issue 3 was primarily dedicated to information about the Norwex factory.  You can see it here:

In 2012 fellow Norwex Independent Sales Consultant Carole Kuypers visited the Norwex Factory in China. Her tour was extensive and she took loads of photos! You can view it here:

In summary Norwex products are sourced from numerous countries world-wide. Their objective is to work with suppliers who support their quality requirements and business principles. Work environment, human rights, environmental management, social responsibility and no animal testing are all considered. Norwex always acts on purpose
Click on this graphic to view the 20 page booklet "The Norwex Purpose".
Personally I think it takes guts for Norwex microfiber to be made in China and I'm proud to be associated with a company that chose to do it right rather than to take the cautious route and avoid any potential controversy or negative assumptions.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Norwex Silicone Lids - NEW for 2014

Norwex Silicone Lids are a great alternative to saran and foil wrap. Save money, reduce chemical exposure and waste.  

I have had silicone lids at the back of my mind for months!  I came across them and thought they were brilliant! No more saran wrap! I hate that stuff!  The reason I didn't order them online was the price. These are a far more reasonable price than anything I found online.  These 2 lids would have been about $30 had I bought the others I have seen online. I figured I would wait until I saw them in a store to get them but I never came across them. So glad I did not buy them! Now I can buy them for a far better price from a company I trust and respect. I am so excited and grateful they are expanding their products to offer more home care / tools.  One more thing to love about Norwex.

Blue lid: 26cm diameter / 10.2” diameter
Green lid: 20cm diameter / 7.9” diameter

Did You Know?
• Silicone rubber does not react with food, liquids and most chemicals and does not offgas hazardous fumes over its life or while in use.
• According to the Environmental Protection Agency, each year the U.S. consumes over 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps.
• Every piece of plastic wrap ever used since its invention is still in existence, most of it in our landfills.

Key Features: 
• Creates an airtight seal on smooth-rimmed surfaces
• BPA-free
• Lightweight
• Recyclable
• Made of 100% food-grade silicone

Key Benefits:
• Keeps food fresh longer
• Helps save on environmental waste from plastic wrap and aluminum foil
• Safe; won’t leach chemicals into food
• Reusable, so they save you money
• Safe to use in refrigerators and microwaves, and oven safe to 230° C / 425° F
• Won’t hold food odours

How to Use:
• Use to keep food fresh in any stainless steel, glass, plastic or ceramic container with a smooth rim.
• Dishwasher safe or hand wash. Use Norwex Super Jet Dishwasher Detergent or Norwex Dishwashing Liquid for best results.
• Do not wash with abrasive products.
• Do not carry bowls or containers by the lid handle.
• Do not use directly over a flame or near oven surfaces.
• Do not cut with sharp cutting utensils.
• Do not use to cover pots containing boiling foods or liquids.
• Highly acidic foods such as tomato-based pasta sauce may stain the lids. Please use caution.

One-year warranty