I have been slowly making changes to make our house use less plastic. I haven’t wanted to suddenly throw everything out to buy new eco-friendly products because one, I couldn’t afford to suddenly change everything but two, that defeats the point of being eco friendly, throwing away useable items so when things have been worn out, rather than buy new plastic ones or ones that don’t biodegrade so easily, I have been looking at what will produce less waste long term.
I have recently been introduced to EarthBits. They firmly believe real change comes from both individual and societal choices, but as a family that still tries to live a plastic-free life every day, they are very aware of how challenging this can be, especially for families and young people. They’ve decided to use their experience and desire to protect the planet and make it easier for people to find products they can trust are not going to damage the environment.
Eco-friendly dish brush bundle
This full set of cleaning brushes will cover all your needs for hand washing in the kitchen. All the brushes are fully biodegradable, and the metal wire that holds the coconut fibres together is 100% recyclable. The bundle includes a coconut fibre round head dish brush, coconut fibre bottle brush, pot scrubber made from sisal bristles and wood and a wooden dish brush with sisal bristles.
I love them, the heads are very hardwearing but soft enough not to scratch my dishes and glasses. They look fab too, wooden handles look much nicer than plastic.
Eco-friendly dish sponges
These amazingly versatile eco-friendly kitchen sponges are made with organic fabrics that are fully compostable. The internal lining is bamboo, renowned for its antibacterial properties; one side is organic cotton, suitable for delicate surfaces, the other is made of hessian fabric, perfect for scrubbing away the dirt on dishes and cups.
You can use them time and time again, washing them when needed in the washing machine. Once they come to the end of their life, cut them in small pieces and pop them in your compost. They will naturally biodegrade. They come in a pack of 2, with 4 colourful distinctive design to choose from, dinosaurs, cactus, bees and clouds.
Vegan food wraps
Now, I have seen beeswax food wraps before but I didn’t realise you could get vegan food wraps. These vegan wraps are a great step to cut down on your plastic usage while using a product made 100% of plant-based materials. The Vegan food wraps are handmade using organic cotton. They are a fantastic eco-friendly way to protect and maintain your food fresh and a sustainable alternative to cling film! The pack includes 2 wraps, a smaller one at 20x20cm and a bigger one measuring 30x30cm.
The wraps last about a year, to increase the lifespan and keep them clean, just wash with lukewarm water and a tiny bit of washing up soap. After a year, you can rewax with a vegan wax refresher block to use it for another!
I haven’t tried these yet as we are getting a new washing machine soon so I want to wait for that and use them in a washing machine that hasn’t had any chemicals in. These berry shells grow on the Sapindus mukorossi (Soap Berry) tree in the Himalayas and they naturally contain a cleaning agent that works like detergent, called saponin. Saponin is amazing at penetrating the fibres of your clothes, lifting stains from the fabric that is then rinsed away.
Soap nuts work at all temperatures from 30. C – 90. C. Get the best out of their natural cleaning properties by putting them in a mug with hot water just before using them, or make liquid soap that can also be used as a natural pesticide for your plants, shampoo and even a general cleaner for your home!
You can use the same soapnuts for approx 4-6 washes, once they start they start to turn dull grey and the shells become flimsy you simply place them in your compost as they are 100% biodegradable.
EarthBits have very kindly offered one reader the chance to win a pack of their eco-friendly dish sponges. You can choose the design between dinosaurs, cactus, bees and clouds, subject to availability. Use the app below to enter, good luck!