These zero waste washing up tools are ideal for when you are washing the dishes, after your vegan meal. Most scouring pads and washing up brushes are made from plastic, which leach microplastics down the plughole and into the sea. These alternatives are much cleaner and greener, and biodegrade after use.
Use with your favourite biodegradable washing-up liquids and Fair Trade rubber gloves.(avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing and baby/pet food bowls). Do not tumble dry nor use fabric conditioner (reduces absorbency).
Compostable Dish Cloths
Wild & Stone Compostable Dish Cloths are fully biodegradable and can be used for kitchen countertops and bathroom surfaces. Made from 70% natural wood fibre and 30% waste cotton.
Battle Green Compostable Dish Cloths are made from cellulose and printed with eco inks. Use them instead of paper towels too (each cloth holds 20 times its weight in water). Sustainably made in Sweden, use them for washing up or cleaning worktops or polishing surfaces for a streak-free finish on counter tops, granite, glass or stainless steel. The cloths dry rapidly when left to air dry (so less likely to breed bacteria) and they won’t crumble or pill. Sent in zero wsate packaging, choose single or packs (albatross, sea turtle or whale design) with optional organic cotton gift wrap.
Wild & Stone Organic Cotton Dish Cloths are sold in 3 colours – moss green, slate grey or dove grey. Practical and stylish, these knitted cotton dish cloths are highly absorbent and durable. Also good as mini hand towels or cleaning counter tops.
Biodegradable Washing up Sponges
These biodegradable dish-washing sponges are an eco alternative to conventional sponges, which are made from living creatures (cut away with knives by divers on the sea bed). Or nylon sponges, which break off microplastics that wash down the sink and go into the sea, eaten by marine creatures.
Leave No Trace Sponges are made with cotton canvas, hessian and coconut coir, and natural latex coating (lasts up to 2 months, no packaging).
Tabitha Eve None Sponge is ethically made in the UK with organic cotton, and a plant-based cellulose core that expands in water. Machine-washable and fast to dry, it’s in 5 patterns: natural, jungle, dragonfruit, monstera and brushstroke. Soak in water briefly, and allow to expand before each use. Rinse and wring out after use, and leave to dry. Air dry to save energy.
Reusable Organic Cotton ‘Unsponges’ are sold in a pack of 2, a great plastic-free alternative to conventional dish sponges and scouring pads. Also good for cleaning kitchen work surfaces, cooker hobs, bathroom sinks and showers – choose from the smooth pads (mint leaf print organic cotton on one side) or scrub pads (a smooth side and textured side overlaid with organic cotton mesh for a waffled more abrasive surface). Responsibly made in India, the unsponges are padded with organic cotton towelling and sent in a card belly band. Wring out after use and leave to dry. Biodegrade in 6 months.
Loofah Dishwashing Sponge is a set of 5 sponges in a kraft box. Made from the loofah plant and natural cotton string, they can be composted after use. Loofahs are soft enough not to scratch your pots, pans and dishes – yet have enough scrubbing power to get all grime and grease off. Before first use, soak your loofah sponge in water for 5 minutes to expand and soften, and make sure to rinse and hang it up, after each use. You can gently wash your loofah every now and then in a bowl of baking soda, to increase its lifespan.
Biodegradable Washing Up Tools
Tabitha Eve Bamboo Dish Brush is made with sisal and stainless steel. Ideal to make light work of tougher washing-up, the brush includes replacement heads for less waste, and is totally biodegradable. Available with a spare brush head.
This bamboo dish brush with replaceable head is ideal for scrubbing pots and pans, with the long handle and sturdy sisal bristles making short work of washing up. At end of use, just replace the head and keep the handle.
Wild & Stone Coconut Fibre Dish Brush is made from sustainably sourced coconut fibre, FSC-certified beechwood and stainless steel. The bristles are tough enough to shift tough grease, yet soft enough for non-stick pans and glassware. The angled sturdy head makes it perfect to get into the corners of pans or mugs.
Battle Green Coconut Dish Brush has sustainably-sourced beech wood handles. This alternative to a pan scrubber has a smooth shape that feels lovely to hold, with robust plant bristles to clean pots and pans. The brush has a cotton string to hang it up to dry, until next time. At end of its lifespan, just compost it.
This beechwood & sisal dish brush is made from FSC beechwood and the fibres made from sisal. Stylish and durable, you also get replacement heads, so with good care, the handle should last you years. This brush is good to scrub pots and pans, and can even handle baked-on dirt.
EcoCoconut Bottle Cleaning Brush is good to clean glass bottles, wine glasses and baby bottles. The hsnflr id msfr gtom FSC-certified rubber trees, and the bristles are made from sustainably farmed dried coconut husks. After use, let the brush fully dry in an airy place, to prevent build-up of bacteria. The company recommends that you wash and scrub the brush with your hands before first use, to remove excess coconut material. Ideal to effectively remove leftover residues, at end of use the brush and bristles naturally biodegrade. Sold in zero waste packaging.
Biodegradable Scouring Pads
This set of 4 coconut scourers are an ideal alternative to nylon scourers (which deposit microplastics into the sink, when washed down the drain and into the oceans). Plastic-free, these are a good way to clean your pans, dishes and glasses. These are compostable and non-toxic, and won’t scratch non-stick and delicate surfaces.
Coated with natural tree rubber to hold the fibres together, just throw them in the compost bin after use (only use with non-toxic washing up liquids). Do not leave them in standing water for too long. Instead, leave them to dry on a dish or plate.
Eco Living’s Stainless Steel Scourers are sold in a set of 3. Ideal to remove tough dirt, and good for pots and pans. Anti-rust, do not use on non-stick pans. Wrapped in a recycled paper band. Rinse after each use, and store in a dry place.