Planet-friendly and affordable laundry products help you up your eco-warrior game
Contributing to the chemical pollution of our waterways, there’s unfortunately nothing very clean about the way most of us do our laundry. With that in mind, here are five products that’ll clean your pants without poisoning our marine life. Win, win!
We totally get that eco-conscious living can be expensive, but these planet-loving laundry essentials are easily accessible and affordable – because saving the Earth really shouldn’t cost the Earth.
From reusable drying aids that’ll shorten tumble dryer time and save energy, to plant-based and plasticide-free detergents, we’ve got everything you need to make your laundry day both planet and wallet-friendly.
What is it? A washing bag that filters out the teeny tiny microfibres released from synthetic textiles during washing. When filling the washing machine, put any synthetic clothing into the Guppyfriend, and when your wash has finished, take your clothes out of the bag, and dispose of any collected microfibres.
How is it good for the environment? By collecting these microfibres directly from the washing machine, the Guppyfriend stops them from polluting our rivers and oceans.
Where can I get it? You can buy it at Waitrose.
What is it? The all-purpose Clothing Wash is a plant-based detergent that’s free from chlorine, bleach, parabens, phthalates and artificial additives. It’s gentle, re-fillable, and comes in two heavenly scents; lavender, and sea salt.
How is it good for the environment? East Midlands locals who are passionate about preserving the beautiful Norfolk countryside and coast, the team at Norfolk Natural Living are playing a part in preventing harmful chemicals and plasticides entering our waterways by producing all-natural products.
Where can I get it? At Norfolk Natural Living.
What is it? Fragranced with pure lavender essential oil, this fabric conditioner protects fibres and leaves clothes soft and static-free. It also contains no petroleum products, optical brighteners, enzymes or animal by-products.
How is it good for the environment? An environmentally responsible fabric conditioner, this formula doesn’t contain harmful pollutants, and comes in a concentrated formula, meaning less of it is needed per wash. Therefore, it has a minimum impact on the ecosystem – both in its use and manufacturing process.
Where can I get it? Get a 5L tub on the Bio-D website.
What is it? A natural alternative to chlorine bleach, immerse stained clothing in a diluted solution of warm water and Ecover Laundry Bleach before washing, or simply use alongside detergent to give your whites a natural little boost of brightness.
How is it good for the environment? Rated among the top 2% of B Corps globally, Ecover is committed to making a lasting social and environmental impact. Their oxygen bleach is sustainably developed in their ecological factory, and is also clean and biodegradable – meaning it’s not harmful to aquatic life.
Where can I get it? At Waitrose.
What are they? The bobbly nodes on the Ecozone dryercubes cleverly lift and separate clothes in the dryer, which enables better circulation of the hot air, and therefore a faster drying time. On top of this, they also relax the fibres of the fabric and smooth out creases and wrinkles.
How are they good for the environment? By shortening your tumble drying time, the Ecozone dryercubes save electricity. Their ability to relax fabric fibres, and therefore soften clothes, means that there’s also scope for using considerably less chemical additives like fabric conditioner in your wash.
Where can I get them? Straight from the Ecozone website.