Eco Household Items

Household items like sponges, cloths, brushes and scouring pads are usually made from non-biodegradable plastics. So, you cannot recycle them and most of them end up in landfill sites. Keep a look out for eco household items.

Of course, you should keep using the items you already have at home until they are old and make any changes only when needed. If you have an old cotton towel or a bathrobe you can make your own dishcloths, washcloths or kitchen towels.

If you need to buy some of these items there are a number of options that are more sustainable and do the same job.

Eco household items - E-Cloth sponge

E-Cloth sponge

Instead of traditional synthetic sponges to clean dishes, sinks or worktops Ludo recently found a new product at the supermarket that works just with water, you don’t need any chemical. You can wash it regularly in the washing machine at up to 60c. It’s important not to use bleach with it as this can be very damaging if it makes its way to the sea. Unfortunately, the product is still synthetic so it releases microfibres. There are ways of collecting these microfibres and prevent them from going into the drainage system. One option is using a Guppy Friend washing bag when washing your clothes. Ludo uses this and the producer E-Cloth also recommends it and indeed for any garment or item made from man-made fibre.

Eco household items - loofah dishwashing sponge

Loofah dishwashing sponge

Other eco household items she also bought, but has not yet tried, a 100% biodegradable dishwashing sponges made from the loofah plant. So, you can throw it in the compost bin after use. It is thin and hard at first sight but once soaked in water it expands and softens. The brand, Goldrick, are also a supplier for the National Trust and it says it should last 4-6 weeks.

Replace your brush to wash dishes

Eco household items - Pot Brush

Pot Brush

Instead of using a dish-washing brush, you can choose one with a wooden handle. Make sure you check if the wood comes from sustainable resources though. Alternatively, you can get a bamboo one with replaceable heads. The bristles should be from plant-based material otherwise you need to remove them before throwing the brush away in the compost bin.

Are you still using paper towels to mop up food spillages? You should switch to bamboo paper towels. These are stronger, will soak up more, they can be washed and used up to eight times before going in the compost bin.

Jon’s homebound eco plans

As everyone in London has been told to social distance and work from home if possible, Jon started thinking. What can he do to make a difference while keeping to these recommendations? What kind of homebound eco plans can you make? So, he came up with a few ideas that anyone can do:

homebound eco plans

Jon’s balcony

– Spend time in your garden or on your balcony tending to your plants.

Jon has decided to spend some short periods of time (around 30 minutes or so each time) out on his balcony. During this time he is repotting plants and adding compost to the pots from his wormery. In order to empty it and give the plants some much needed nutrients for the spring season.

– Read up on some new eco subjects that you didn’t know about

It’s always good to read about topics related to the environment. Expanding your knowledge and helping you to understand the world better. At the moment, Jon is reading Forest Therapy by Sarah Ivens. It covers seasonal ways to embrace nature for a happier you. Definitely an interesting read so far!

homebound eco plans

Some more homebound eco plans

– Organise an event for the future

Tree planting days out are always a good social event and of course have a positive effect on the environment. Typically, it’s best to do these kind of events from autumn through to winter. This helps the trees bed in better as they need plenty of water to begin with. So, think about organising something with your community.

– Read or write something on your favourite eco blog

It always a good idea to keep up to date with what’s happening in your community. For instance, you can read through some of our posts about where Ludo lives in Brixton. Or, you could write a post and send it in to us. Just email us at: info@ecoaround.org.uk with ‘eco blog post’ in your title.

We hope we have given you just a few ideas as to what you can do from home to make a difference. We will come up with a few more soon!