There’s no need to throw away this dish brush when it needs replacing because you can buy replacement heads for this eco-friendly wooden washing-up brush.
In our household, I am responsible for the washing-up. It’s not something I enjoy but I do like my eco-friendly wooden dish brush with replaceable head. Apart from the eco-credentials, I think these brushes with their natural plant fibre bristles 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 recycled plastic brush available too.)
The natural 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. It has an ergonomically-designed handle and comes with a hanging hook for drying or storage.
When researching this post, I noticed that there are a quite a few similar looking brushes around but some have bristles made from nylon or horsehair so make sure you check the descriptions carefully. I ended up buying replacement heads which were too small for handle but it was easy to bend the metal loop to fit the new heads. Although it’s probably best to buy the correct size if you can.
Redecker Large Natural Bristle Dish Washing Brush – Stiff Plant Fibre (Pack of 2)
John Lewis Croft Collection Wooden Washing Up Brush
£4.00 from John Lewis
Alternatives to plastic and nylon washing up brushes
I haven’t tried these but they look like interesting environmentally-friendly alternatives.
Michael’s Luffas Original Washing Up Pad
Luffas have been used as washing-up scourers for many years in the Philippines and Michael’s Luffas are grown on organic principles on his parent’s farm. They’re great for washing-up as when they get wet they’re flexible enough to reach into corners and bend around rims, plus have plenty of scrubbing power. They’re fair trade and biodegradable and last for between 3 and 12 months. When they’re worn out they can be composted, saving landfill. £1.73 from Big Green Smile.
Natural Home 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: Mar 2015)