In our household, I am responsible for the washing-up. It’s not something I enjoy but I do like my eco-friendly wooden brush with replaceable head. Apart from the eco-credentials, I think these brushes are superior in their ability to clean and also look far more attractive sitting at the side of my sink than a plastic one. (Although there is an eco-friendly plastic brush on the market too.)
The bristles are made from tampico which is a leaf fibre from a spiny, cactus-like plant that grows wild in the semi-desert upland areas of Mexico. Tampico is harvested from the wild plants and is completely biodegradable.
These companies are currently selling the Hills Brush Company Wooden Washing Up Brush with 4 replacement heads (that is 5 washing up brushes in one pack!):
I haven’t tried this brush but it looks like an interesting alternative and is compostable too. Available from Big Green Smile whose website says:
Michael’s Original Washing Up Brush
Made with the fibre from the Sago palm tree, this unique washing-up brush is tough enough to replace plastic alternatives and is ideal for scrubbing pots, pans and cutlery. It is double ended – for really tough scrubbing use the top end.
A useful compliment to the washing-up luffa, this durable brush will last for up to a year and can be composted when worn out.
- Fairly traded
- Petro chemical free
- Ethical and handmade
Bamboo sink brush
Bamboo reaches maturity in just four years which makes it one of the best sustainable resources. It’s also naturally water-resistant which inhibits germs and bacteria. This Natural Home bamboo sink brush is available from BuyGreen.com in the United States for $6.50.
(Originally published: Oct 2011, revised: Nov 2012, Feb 2013)
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