An easy eco-swap from traditional cloths containing polyester (see below for some of the drawbacks of Polyester) and other non-sustainable/biodegradable materials to something greener. Our compostable sponge cloths are made from a mix of 70% cellulose and 30% cotton. They are plastic free and made of natural renewable resources,using water based ink for the printed versions. Cloths are Certified according to Oeko-Tex standard 100 (find out about Oeko-Tex standards, here). As cloths biodegrade they will not omit micro-plastic pollution like other standard cloths are likely to do. At the end of their life, just pop them in your compost and they will naturally degrade there, causing no environmental harm.
Care: Dishwasher safe or washing machine, they can be washed at 30-60c and then line dry. Reuse over and over again, then home compostable after use.
Made in Europe
Size:172 × 200 mm
Approved for vegan use.
Colours and pack sizes:
- plus sign and leaf design (2 pack)
- kangeroo design with one background of grey and the other ivory (2 pack)
- koala and kangeroo on an ivory background (2 pack)
- yellow (4 pack)
- purple and orange (4 pack, 2 of each colour)
- rainbow design (4 pack: 1x yellow, 1x pink, 1x blue, 1x green)
What we think
We have been using the yellow version of these cloths at home. We do test all our eco-friendly cleaning products to make sure they do what they say! Feeling nice in the hand, they don’t have that slippery feel of other standard clothes. Working well with our bars of washing up soap, they then dry out easily after use. Whilst they are stiff when dry, as soon as you wet them they go back to being really efficient,soft cleaning clothes. Our glasses really shine and sparkle when we use these and our soap. Absorption of water is great and they also wipe worktops down well. We also like the different textures on each side of the cloth that help to really give a good cleaning finish.
Some interesting research on Polyester
Is polyester biodegradable?
It depends how long you would feel is a reasonable time frame to biodegrade. Our research suggests that polyester can take between 20-200 years to biodegrade. Bearing in mind it is a plastic, you also have to consider that when it does biodegrade, it just pollutes the environment with plastic anyway. Another consideration is that polyester is derived from petroleum and so that will seep into the environment also as it degrades. Polyester is a type of plastic.
If you think about how it is very difficult to stain polyester then you also need to know this is because of the chemicals it is treated with. The dyes used are called ‘disperse’ dyes, insoluble in water and are not easily decomposed. Imagine, the dyes just floating about in the ocean, as they do and then are very toxic to our plant and marine life.
Implications of polyester have on the environment?
We have not done extensive research on this yet. What we have found is that production of polyester often takes place in vulnerable part of the planet where water is scare. In order to produced polyester much heat is used and requires substantial amounts of water for cooling. The impact of this is reduction of an already scarce source of water in these communities. Ground level water drops thus reducing the availability of clean drinking water.
I hear that there is recycled polyester?
There is recycled polyester about and this does reduce all the impacts above to some extent. We have found from what we have looked at so far, is that you need to carefully read what the company involved are saying about their use of recycled polyester to be sure you feel happy with what they are doing. What we think, personally, is that, still at some point, it is going to find its way back to landfill or the like.