When we think of reducing our environmental impact we usually think about recycling or, if you’re really good, buying less. If we aren’t buying less we are buying big ticket items like solar panels or hybrid cars. Not that there is anything wrong with that (at the risk of sounding pretentious, I have both and think they are worth the expense if you can afford it) but there are 101 small ways to reduce our impact, both in terms of waste and carbon output.
When we view the problems of waste, pollution and climate change it can be so overwhelming. Just let me crawl into my melting igloo and pretend it’s not happening already! But as consumers, as humans, we all have the power to effect real change with each small choice we make. Starting with the ever so humble dish brush.
Now when you finally manage to draw breath again after being completely awed by my beautiful new kitchen sink (thank you Mister for the fabulous reno work), you will probably be left wondering what is so special about this particular dish brush?! Well it’s ethically produced and biodegradable, that’s what.
This particular one is my favourite and is put out by a company named Eco Ants. Unfortunately they are NOT paying me to tell you how awesome it is, but I will go ahead and tell you anyway. Because small changes over time add up to a big difference, and this may be one change you can make in your home. Whilst looking suitably eco-chique, the brush is 100% biodegradable, made from sustainable timber and coconut husk, and is vegan if that’s your bag. I picked it up at my local Flannery’s.
But while I’m extolling the virtues of my dish brush, it isn’t your only option. White vinegar in water is fabulous for bringing shine back to cloudy glasses. Just use newspaper and then compost it when you’re done. Old t-shirts cut up make lovely soft cloths, while old towels cut into squares are better for scrubbing pots. You can hem them if you’re feeling fancy. I have a HUGE collection of face cloths in lieu of paper towel for washing grubby faces and hands. My kids aren’t known for being delicate with their food.
So why not a regular dish cloth? A regular dish cloth from the supermarket is usually made from viscose rayon and acrylic binder. Basically it’s a chemical-laden cloth created from trees, producing large amounts of pollution and using up A LOT of water to make. And at the end of its life it becomes landfill. So let’s take a step towards a more sustainable kitchen…
A small step: regularly wash your cloths in hot water and reuse as many times as possible.
Big step: buy eco-friendly products or make your own.
Bigger still: When your green products have been used and reused to death, compost them!
Like most people, I have a LOOOOOONG way to go when it comes to making my suburban life more sustainable, but it all starts here with the humble dish brush.
What small sustainable change have you made in your kitchen?