Here’s a common first-world problem: how do you save the world with your buying choices without breaking the bank? If you have an ethical stance to your purchasing choices but you aren’t rolling in it, then you need to seek out products that tick all the boxes and go that extra mile to find affordable and ethical things to buy. Especially, those things you buy all the time.
Cleaning products have been one of those bugbears for me. I want to purchase things that are made with a fully ethical supply chain without going too far to find them or needing to spend too much on them. I’m a busy mum of three who is barely working so it’s not possible for me to always make it to the right store or spend the kids’ lunch money on fancy cleaning stuff.
Ecococonut is a brand that is being built to compete with the price point of conventional cleaning brands but it made in Sri Lanka, is entirely plastic free. Their products are made with coconut fibres, and even the wood glue they use is a water-soluble and non-toxic material. Not only that, they are made by a manufacturer who channels money into local communities to help ensure their supply of clean water.
The idea arose from a group of people originally based in Byron Bay who wanted to build a business based on a consciousness of how we can change the world for the better. Two who had contacts in Sri Lanka and are good with sales, one had a business and marketing background, one connected people and ideas. Together they founded EcoCoconut.
The other great thing about these products is that they are using the by-products from the now increased production of coconut milk and coconut water which is multiplying annually worldwide. Being entirely natural, they are also protecting us from bringing harmful chemicals into our homes and our waterways.
Any sponge pack that states is anti-bacterial or destroys odours is probably best left on the supermarket shelf as it’s likely to contain triclosan or something equally damaging to the environment. Aside from increasing evidence linking triclosan to health problems, it is also believed to destroy fragile aquatic ecosystems…either directly or indirectly.
As sewerage and waste-water treatment plants cannot remove triclosan and the compound remains stable for long periods of time; it’s posing an increasing problem in our waterways – it’s now one of the most common man-made chemicals found in U.S. streams.
I’ve started using these at home and they are excellent. They really work and they don’t get stinky like some other products I’ve used in the kitchen sink which is an absolute bonus because coconut is naturally anti-bacterial. They are non-scratch so good for my fancy pots and pans. Add to that the fact that as they are bio-degradable you really can put them in your compost, feed a pot plant by leaving one at the bottom of the pot covered in soil, or just throw it in a hole in your garden somewhere (imagine a happy housewife flinging sponges into the garden with gay abandon!) and I’m pretty much hooked.
You can find stockists, inquire about wholesale or buy directly from the company via the website:https://ecococonut.com/ or search #plasticfreerevolution.
Or click here to purchase from my favourite local supplier.
Alena Turley/ The Soul Mamma is a writer, educator, ethical digital creator and mum of three little darlings based at Freshwater Beach, in Sydney. Come join the party and bumble through this parenting malarkey together with other lovely souls by following Soul Mamma on Instagram
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