Around 1 billion laundry jugs are thrown away annually in just the United States alone, and that’s a big problem. Some companies are trying to find solutions to these problems to help cut down on the waste produced from laundry detergent. This list has a few zero-waste options, as well as some biodegradable solutions to the laundry problem. Not all of these companies listed will be completely zero waste, but they are great options to switch to to try and minimize your footprint.
Dropps is a company that is working to provide a zero-waste solution to laundry and dishwasher detergents. They are trying to reduce single-use plastic jugs by shipping their detergent in cardboard boxes. The detergent comes in pods reminiscent of TidePods, but they claim to be the first laundry detergent pod in the market.
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Dropps has multiple formulas for sensitive skin, babies, and delicates. They also allow you to subscribe for less in order to have your Dropps order sent to your door whenever you run out.
These soap “nuts” are actually dried berries from the Sapindus mukorossi tree—a unique species of trees found in both the eastern and western hemispheres, but native to the tropical conditions of India and Nepal. When agitated in water, they produce a naturally occurring surfactant called saponin, which gently cleans laundry and is a more natural option for those with sensitive skin.
Simply place 4-5 Eco Nuts in the provided cloth bag and toss in the washer with your clothes like you would a laundry pod– they suds up naturally and act as a natural fabric softener in the rinse cycle. Eco Nuts can be re-used up to 10 times making them a super-affordable option.
Eco Nuts also has reusable dryer balls that work the same as a dryer sheets. They are a reusable, healthy, natural and chemical-free alternative to dryer sheets. Dryer Balls work by lifting and separating clothes allowing air in the dryer to properly circulate, and can reduce drying time. They fluff and soften the laundry through gentle friction.
CleanCult makes most of its product from a clean coconut-based formula and allows for refills of its product from hand soap to laundry tablets. They ship in sustainable packaging to make it easier for you to feel good about what you’re using. They have a list of all the ingredients for their products on their website so that you can understand what’s in your cleaning supplies. They also have the option of wool dryer balls like Eco Nuts and are very affordable.
This is another company creating laundry pods responsibly and with budget-conscious consumers in mind. The bag is made of kraft paper with a plastic lining. It has a recycle number of 7, so it may be important to contact your local community to see how to properly recycle this bag. Unlike most of the detergents on this list, Stoneworks comes in many different fragrances as well as fragrance free.
Biokleen is your normal liquid laundry detergent that comes in a bottle that uses 70% less plastic than a traditional bottle. You can recycle or compost this bottle after you have used it up.
Tru Earth’s Eco-Strips work very similarly to a pod. All you have to do is place the strip in the washer with your clothes and let it dissolve in the water to clean your clothes! There is no measuring or mess with this completely solid solution to laundry. Eco-Strips come in compostable and recyclable packaging and work in high-efficiency and normal washer and dryers.
Let me know if there are any other brands that you know of that I could look at!