This week I will be posting my thoughts on the Ecoforce range of household cleaning and laundry products made from recycled plastic.

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Today we will look at

Eco friendly recycled pegs »
Eco friendly peg basket »
Eco friendly clothes line »
Eco friendly recycled bag grips »

Eco friendly recycled pegs »

I can go with the pegs; I like that they are 93% recycled plastic and (so far) very sturdy. They don’t use steel which I like. I worry about how much steel we use. They are made in the UK which is nice and local. On the down side they do come in a plastic bag. The bag is clearly marked with a plastic code which is good, but made of a type of plastic rarely recycled in the UK – not so good.

I would feel much happier about this product if the throwaway part the packaging was compostable.
So how do they compare with my wooden pegs. Obviously my wooden and steel pegs represent a pressure on natural resources. And there is no denying they get a bit mucky and fall apart quite easily. I don’t know where they are made, or from what kind of wood. They also come in plastic packaging – which is not labeled.

The plus point about my wooden pegs is that when they do fall apart, if they end up lost in the garden they will naturally biodegrade. The plastic pegs won’t.
Even so I think recycled plastic pegs are a reasonable use of recycled plastics.
So too is the peg basket.
Eco friendly peg basket »

As with the pegs it contains 93% recycled plastic, seems sturdy and made in the Uk. Also, whoop, whoop, it is packaged in cardboard and better still the display hanger is made of cardboard.
It bugs me so much when I see cardboard packaging with a plastic hook attached to hang the item – one of those tiny unmarked pieces of plastic that are so hard to dispose of.
The basket is clearly marked with a recycle code so it can be recycled again.
Thumbs up for the basket

Eco friendly clothes line »
I don’t have a drier and when I do have to use one, in the depths of winter say, I go the launderette. For environmental reasons I choose to mostly air dry my washing line. Our business means I do a lot of drying. My washing line is an important bit of kit and sad to say I have found a plastic washing line to be the best for the job. It gets very wet up here and natural lines soak up the water, never dry out, then start to grow mould. A plastic line can be quickly wiped dry and doesn’t get slimy.
So I would be glad to use this line not least because is 89% recycled plastic and like that it is made in the EC so fairly close to home.
But I might not because I HATE that the plastic line is wrapped in unidentified plastic wrap. Why? It’s a plastic line. And unidentified plasticat that. A real shame when the rest of the packaging is so well labeled.
Eco friendly recycled bag grips »

Recycled bag grips – same design as the pegs but smaller, same specification and in the same kind of plastic packaging. I don’t use bag grips as I find pegs work fine for this job – but perhaps I am missing the point! So I didn’t try the pegs but I am sure they will do the job.

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7 thoughts on “Laundry – recycled plastic

  1. Are you talking dolly pegs? I love dolly pegs but I didn’t think anyone used them any more! Don’t they leave marks on your clothes?

  2. I have noticed in the last few years that some ‘wooden’ pegs (we call them clothes pins in the US) are actually made of bamboo. It doesn’t even say on the package, but you can tell looking at them. They have a sort of stripe-y look to them. They are MUCH stronger, long-lasting and dense than the white pine or whatever crap wood they had been made of forever and ever before. To clarify, I am talking about the type of peg that is made of two pieces with a steel spring between. I have had much better luck with this type than with the previous wooden ones which seemed to get flimsier every year. Some would break in half the first time they were squeezed to open them. That being said, the best pegs I ever had were a batch of the old school, one piece, spring-less wooden ones that were given to me by an elderly woman who had been using them for centuries. They were smooth to the touch and slightly dark from years and years of use. Not a single one ever broke, no matter the load and strain put on them. They truly don’t make them like they used to.

  3. Yes I know- its a really tricky issue and it gets more complex the more you know. Surely it shouldn’t work like that? But the point of the boycott was to learn as well as cut my trash. Really when I started I didn’t know my synthetic polymers from my Pollyannas. I don’t know if there is one right answer to the plastic issue – I am beggining to suspect that as with so much else we should be a lot more careful how we use it and a lot less greedy. Cherish what we have and be content with having all that we need not all that we want. Once again thanks for the input. Its plastic scourers next – yet more tricky to place!

  4. That’s an interesting point you make about importing wood. Since I moved from the UK to Australia I’ve learned that what works in one place doesn’t always apply in another. If the pegs are made using British plastic and are made in the UK then that is great! Too much plastic gets shipped to China for processing. There’s always so much to consider, isn’t there – energy costs, sustainability, biodegradability, ethics, social values, arghh! And somewhere there always has to be a compromise. I’d much rather give my money to companies that have morals and are trying to do something good.

  5. so know what you mean and these posts are the start of an exploration into recycled plastics. It is a debate I am always having with myself! Does recycling plastic encourage a less careful use of plastic anyway? But then what to do with all that plastic trash out there? Obviously I encourage cutting plastic consumption but I don’t believe that it can be, or even should be, entirely prevented – which means some plastic waste. Given that plastic recycling is for now at least fairly basic, the range of recycled goods is limited and there is only so much plastic lumber needed.

    It would be nice to be able to make everything we needed from natural homegrown resources but there are not enough natural resources to meet our needs. For sure cutting consumption is part of the answer but so is reusing what we have. Also in the UK we have to import timber and natural fibres but we sure have a lot of plastic trash that is extremely suited to being recycled.

    I dont think that pegs and peg baskets and washing lines are particularly frivolous uses for plastic, and there are some pretty sound arguements for them but I am with you on the bag tie thing.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to contribute to the debate. Love to hear what you think about the pan scrubs!

  6. Sometimes (or do I mean all the time?) I find that the ideas I have conflict with each other. On one hand I want to support green businesses, especially ones with great ecological, social and environmental practices, but then I am against buying new if it is unnecessary.

    So my thoughts on these Ecoforce products… Well, they are making things out of plastic. I notice that whilst most plastic is recycled, not all is – so some virgin plastic is going in there too. I’m not keen on that. Recycling plastic is better than going to landfill – but I’m not sure any of these products are actually worthy of the energy that needs to be used converting the old plastic into new plastic. Let’s take the recycled peg basket – are they serious?! I have my pegs in an old plastic container I got from a cafe that used to contain cheese. I would NEVER buy a brand new plastic container to put my pegs in, no matter how eco it claimed to be. I would never buy a new container, but if I did I would choose some kind of basket material that was biodegradable at least!

    Next up, the pegs. I use wooden ones. Granted they do fall apart, but plastic ones get brittle over time and break down too. We have a communal laundry area where I live and the ground is strewn with pieces of broken brittle plastic peg. At least wooden ones biodegrade. But I can see that plastic ones might be useful, particularly if you live in an area of humidity where wooden ones would rot.

    I can’t comment on the eco clothes line, presumably it’s better than a regular plastic one but I don’t know enough to say. As for the recycled bag grips – what on earth is the point of these?! As I don’t use plastic bags for anything I don’t use bag grips, but I think that is another “green” gimmick. I think it’s disappointing when companies market this kind of unnecessary product as green – it’s far greener not to buy it at all! If you’ve need to seal a bag use a peg, or put whatever it is in a glass jar with a lid!

    Well that’s my two cents worth, anyways…

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