Charlie’s Angels Pose

What does the term “eco-friendly” mean to you? To Alicia Sokowski, it means running a business dedicated to maintaining the highest of standards for its natural cleaning products. “We don’t cut corners”, she explained to me during our meeting last week. Unlike other regular cleaning products and even those that claim to be “green”, AspenClean discloses all product ingredients and does not add any synthetic fragrances.

As President of AspenClean, Alicia is navigating new territory, with a recently opened Calgary location for this Vancouver-based business. Not only is it a great city of entrepreneurs, Calgary is also a growing green market for the environmentally concious. “More and more people are becoming interested in how to take an increased role in their health. Whether this means looking at what they eat or the chemicals they are exposed to on a regular basis.”

But what impressed me most was Alicia’s pride in her business. There are indications of this all over their office. In the kitchen and main hangout area, there is a suggestion box for all staff to share ideas to help grow the company. They even run a contest to see who comes up with the best suggestion each month. AspenClean is also committed to giving back to the community and supporting other green causes, such as their sponorship contributions to Green Calgary.

To learn more about this great business and how you can make your home more eco-friendly, check out the AspenClean website at

The list below shows what is included and what’s not included in AspenClean products.


Natural ingredients derived from plants and minerals
Pure essential oils
100% Vegan
Biodegradable (test OCDE 301 D or E)
ECOCERT Standards France 32600
High tech, effective additions, like microfiber cloths
Post-consumer material in all packaging
Reusing and Recycling
Social and environmental responsibility

Not Included:

Ethoxylates and Sulphates (SLS/SLES)
Carcinogenic Ingredients (not listed on IARC categories 1, 2A, 2B)
Animal ingredients
Testing on animals
Synthetic fragrances
Disposable products