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Easy Eco Swaps: Sponges

Kitchen sponges are one of the most used products and most disposed of products in my household. Especially if you like to keep your costs down and buy a multi-pack of 24 sponges for as little as £1.

Although this saves you money, the waste is immense and the impact of sponges on landfills and our ecosystem. According to Recycle Nation, “Even after you throw old sponges away, the bacteria-killing triclosan that they’re impregnated with negatively impacts aquatic ecosystems. Plus, the synthetic materials that they’re composed of continue to release dioxins and formaldehyde into soil and the atmosphere long after they’ve left the factory.”

If you do want to make the swap without the hefty price tag of trendy "unsponges". Take a look below:

1. Natural Loofahs

I love natural loofahs, they are cheap and cheerful alternatives to sponges and are 100% natural. Originating from fruits in the cucumber family, “Luffa” is the dried developed fruit which can be used in your kitchen and bathroom, their natural origin means they are also 100% biodegradable!

I bought my sponges on eBay for around 50p a sponge meaning these alternatives are earth and purse-friendly. Although you would be spending more money on each sponge, they tend to be more durable a harbor less bacteria than a traditional sponge.

2. Coir Brush

Coir brushes are a fantastic natural option for your kitchen. Made from coconut fibres, these brushes are extremely durable and safe to use on non-stick pans*. Having bought mine online, you can find ethically and sustainably sourced coir fibres brushes from various sources online as well as on the high street. The brushes can come in different sizes depending on your needs and are extremely affordable. Coir fibre has naturally antibacterial properties and is free from harmful toxic chemicals. The natural product means it is not only recyclable but biodegradable too.

For around £3.50, coir brushes are initially more of an expense than sponges however, they last a lot longer and are a lot better for the environment. Loofco's coir brush costs as little as £3.25 a brush.

3. Silicon Sponge

Joseph Joseph CleanTech Washing Up Scrubber, Pack of 2, Green, £6.00, John Lewis

If you are looking for something truly durable, you could invest silicone sponges. Joseph Josephs CleanTech™ Washing-up Scrubber is an innovative product that is durable, dishwasher safe and is made from 100% recyclable material.

A 2-pack scrubber set would set you back £6.99 at John Lewis, however, the BPA free scrubbers are said to be more hygienic and easy to rinse and clean if you prefer not to put it in the dishwasher. Not suitable for cleaning knives, these might scrubbers are, however, safe on non-stick cookware.

Cheaper alternatives are available online but it's worth investing in a good quality scrubber if you want it to last.

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Have you tried any of these alternatives? Let me know in the comments below.

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