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Super Sustainable Scrubbers!

A while back I was searching for ‘something’ on the internet. I can’t remember what it was but then I did one of those ‘stumbles’ that stumbled into something else..and before you realise it, you can’t remember how on earth you got there!

This time, I stumbled across the idea of a reusable, compost-able, sustainable washing up scrubber. I was convinced by the marketing and reviews, and have been impressed with the use I’ve got out of this product, so I thought I’d share it with you. It’s definitely a product that I would recommend if you’re looking for a green alternative to the iconic yellow and green washing up scrubber.

The Iconic Scrubber

Iconic Green Scrubber

I’m sorry, but everything is wrong with this. It is made using plastic. It comes wrapped in plastic. Its aim in life is to be disposed of after a couple of weeks of work. I also found that quite often that green bits would come off and stick onto things that I was meant to be washing clean. It is also unhygienic, since it never fully dries out between washes and therefore retains and provides a  breeding ground for harmful bacteria. You can’t wash it or sterilise it.

See this blogpost by Parsimonious Princess for the low-down. Essentially, using these can mean your kitchen sink is dirtier/more full of harmful bacteria than your toilet. The PP records a couple of alternatives. Firstly, using the plastic netting that comes with oranges/onions wrapped around a cloth gives a good scrub.  This is a a great way to recycle that plastic netting, and is to be applauded.

Even better than recycling is not needing to recycle at all. We’ve decided to try and buy our fruit and veg with no packaging, so this is not an option for us.

Parsimonious Princess also mentions something called a Spaghetti Scrub. I’ve not personally come across this, but it seems like a great idea. The main component of these are made from Corn cobs and peaches. Watch a video here to find out more if you’re interested. It’s not something we’ve tried as a family, but I like the idea of it. Recycled plastic is also used..again, this is great but it would be even better to find an alternative that does not need plastic anywhere in the manufacturing process, making it completely sustainable as a product.

SO… What do we use, then?? Introducing..

The alternative Scrubber

Michael's original washing up pad

Michael’s Original washing-up pad is made in the Philippines from the Luffa plant. Natives have used the Luffa plant in this form to scrub things for generations. The luffa plants are grown as a cottage industry (Michael’s home) to organic standards. Great points about this product:

  • The scrub itself lasts for about 3 months (although it could last longer if you take great care of it). It can be composted at the end of it’s life.
  • The packaging is card so therefore is recyclable.
  • The product is extremely flexible when in water and dries hard if hung up, so there is less chance of bacteria growth.
  • It is easy to rinse through with a tap, due to the nature of the product containing natural holes/gaps.

The only downside that I can see so far is the fact that it comes from the Philippines rather than somewhere in Europe. Apart from that, this is a great product, and I can highly recommend it as an iconic green scrub eco-friendly replacement!



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