January 8, 2008

sponges

Ever wonder what exactly the sponge you use to wash dishes is made of?

I owe this fantastic tip to my friend, Hannah. She told me that she buys the Trader Joe's pop-up sponges made of natural cellulose. You can compost them once done! I'm sure you can find similar sponges at other stores. Just make sure they are made from natural cellulose.
My mother-in-law has been a fan of them for years (where do you buy yours, Therese?)

I also saw sponges by a company called Twist at my Whole Foods (the cute packaging caught my eye). They make an all natural loofah sponge for scrubbing, which is 100% biodegradable, also. I checked the company's website and it seems they make many kinds of environmentally responsible sponges.

Don't forget a eco-friendly dish soap!
Happy cleaning.

3 comments:

Jessica said...

I found the Twist brand in a local organic co-op and thought I'd give them a try. Their paper-towel-substitues have been fabulous. However, I'm not entirely sold on the sponge-loofa combo. I found the glue holding the material was a bit weak (which, I assume, allows for the entire product to naturally breakdown) and the sponge as a whole was much too stiff for cleaning in tight spaces. Thank you for writing the post! Now that I see Twist isn't the only brand, I hope to find some that fit my needs

Therese said...

I usually buy my pop-up sponges at Williams Sonoma. Their website says that they are "Made in France of all-natural material... A run through the dishwasher is all it takes to keep them clean." I've also found them at other houseware stores-- don't remember where. I like them because they're easy to clean and last a long time. I will now check out the ones at Trader Joe's.

kissamew said...

I gave up on sponges some time ago, due to the ick factor and they don't seem to hold up as I would like, but Apartment Therapy links have lead me here and between them and your page I will try Trader Joe's sponges. What do I do in the meantime? I crochet my dish and cleaning cloths, and alas, I still have such a fondness for pretty cotton dishtowels! I find that using things I like is motivating to daily chores being done timely!