Updated: May 7
We all know we’re surrounded by plastic in every area of our lives, but we’re so used to some products that we hardly ever consider how much damage they can do to the environment. Take laundry detergent, for example. Most of us use detergents that come in plastic jugs. Surely they aren’t worse than water bottles, are they? Unfortunately, they are. Since the detergents usually come in high-density polyethylene bottles, only 30% of them can be recycled. The other 70% keep poisoning our planet for decades.
That’s why we compiled a list of 5 laundry detergents that are not only better for the environment but are also much more affordable and less harmful to your health. If you’re still using generic detergent full of chemicals, it’s time for a switch!
Well Earth Goods is a sustainable family business based in Oregon, US. The company sells dozens of zero-waste products for your household, including both personal care and food-related products. In their laundry section, they offer a zero-waste laundry detergent alternative -- Zero Waste, Plastic Free Laundry Detergent Strips. One strip that weighs just 3 grams has the same cleaning power as you would get from 40 grams of liquid detergent. Besides, there’s no plastic jug either! Eco-strips are shipped in recycled, recyclable envelopes, so there’s no plastic used whatsoever. The strips are free from fragrances, parabens, phosphates, and chlorine bleach. Shortly, it is just as great for your health as it is for the planet.
Well Earth Goods also offer a stain remover bar that is made just from coconut oil, water, and sodium hydroxide. It is supposed to help with grease, oil, grass, blood, soil, clay, food, and drink stains. The stains won’t stand a chance! If you would like to find out more about Well Earth Goods products, take a look at their website.
The story of Dropps goes a few decades back, to the 1980s, when the company’s founder Jonathan Propper and his mother Lenore started a small business making apparel from patented cotton yarn. They quickly ran into a big problem — the regular laundry detergents made the yarn yellowed and stretchy. So the Proppers came up with their own detergent formula that is used for Dropps to this day.
Now Dropps come in laundry pods that are filled with the same biodegradable, low-sudsing, enzyme-free detergent. There are different kinds of Dropps to suit everyone’s needs: scented and unscented, stain removing and sensitive, for babies and adults, for big and small loads.
Dropps products are shipped in recyclable, repulpable, and compostable packaging, and what’s more, they offset 100% of carbon emissions from shipping! What’s not to love? Check out Dropps product range on the company’s website, as well as a detailed description of the ingredients they use and the values they stand for.
When Cleancult’s co-founder Ryan took a look at his bottle of laundry detergent a few years ago, he was shocked to see that no ingredients are listed there. Of course, the detergent was full of dangerous chemicals. And the eco-friendly alternatives? The ingredients were better, but the product still came in a nearly unrecyclable plastic bottle.
And that’s why Cleancult was born. Cleancult offers essential household items such as an all-purpose cleaner, liquid dish soap, liquid hand soap, dishwasher tablets, and, finally, laundry tablets. All the products come in very attractive glass packaging. When you run out of your product, you can order a refill that will come in paper-based milk cartons. Yep, milk cartons! Just like Dropps, Cleancult ships the products in fully recyclable paper and offsets 100% of the shippings’ carbon footprint.
As for the detergent itself, Cleancult’s protagonist is coconut. All of Cleancult’s products are based on coconut oil. While it might come as an unpleasant surprise to people with coconut energy, everyone else will love the gentleness it provides compared to the usual detergents that are chock-full of chemicals. On Cleancult’s website, you can learn more about the other ingredients used in the products as well as explanations of what role they play. No more incognito ingredients!
Ecoegg is a great solution for someone who is looking for an affordable, delicate, and sustainable laundry product. Their Laundry Egg was first launched in 2018 and has been sold over 2 million times all over the world since then. Ecoegg’s Laundry Egg is essentially a recyclable egg filled with natural mineral pellets that clean your clothes. Just toss it into your washing machine and this little guy will take care of your laundry. One egg should last you for around 70 washes. After that, you can get a pellet refill and keep using your egg for years — it has a 10-year guarantee.
Tru Earth is a sustainable living brand based in Canada with their Laundry Detergent Eco-Strips being the rockstars of the company. The Eco-Strips are a perfect laundry product that doesn’t hurt your health, animals, or the environment. They are free from chemicals so their hypoallergenic properties make it a product that is great for allergic people or babies with sensitive skin. The low-sudding formula makes it suitable for cold and hot water washes. You can even use them for handwashing or take it with you on a trip! Since the Eco-Strips are so light, they are not only perfect for traveling, they also take up much less space than regular detergents during transportation, which leads to producing a significantly lower amount of CO2. Moreover, all the suppliers are sustainable and the packaging is a recyclable cardboard sleeve.