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Have you tried considered switching to biodegradable sponges? Conventional sponges contain plastic and add to our growing plastic waste problem, but luckily there are eco-friendly solutions!

I used to use conventional sponges. You know the ones I’m talking about — they were yellow and green and would start smelling funny before too long. Those sponges are made primarily of plastic and/or non-biodegradable materials. In the last few years as I’ve begun seriously overhauling my own life to in a non-toxic and eco-friendly way, I upgraded my sponges. Here are some ways to make your sponge situation more eco-friendly.

Natural sponges:

Now a days, there are a lot of bamboo- (and other plant) based sponges that are biodegradable. Do you have a favorite brand or style that you like? One brand to try is Skoy. They make a variety of products and are committed to making eco-friendly and biodegradable items!

Swedish dishcloths:

These are plant-based (cellulose and cotton) sheets that function like a reusable paper towel or a gentle sponge. They can be washed and reused (they can go in the dishwasher or washing machine!) many many times, and can be composted. I have a couple of these that I use regularly. The ones I have were made by Three bluebirds. They have cute designs!

Don’t forget the age old option of an old cotton washcloth in lieu of a sponge!

Want other eco-friendly tips for your kitchen? Check out my FREE kitchen clean-up guide that you get when you sign up for my e-mail list! It has both non-toxic and eco-friendly tips!

Looking for other eco-friendly tips? Check out my other posts on reusable water bottles, coral-safe sunscreen, and reusable grocery bags.