In my opinion you can use natural products most of the time but occasionally synthetics come into their own.
This is especially true if you are cleaning tiles. Here steel scourers can leave black marks and luffas and natural bristles may not be quite strong enough. A plastic scourer can be a god send here.
Look, someone got clumsy with the Danish wood oil and It sticks to tiles like a good ‘un. Here you need something strong enough to clean off the oil without scratching the wooden upstand. I used the plastic scouring cloth… courtesy of Ecoforce.
It is made in the UK from 100% recycled fibres and the packaging is compostable cardboard.
Even better the 93% of the cardboard packaging is recycled materials. But best of all the display hanger is also cardboard and not an attached plastic hook.
All good points….
They also do a sponge scrubber – a scouring pad with a sponge backing. In their own words they “found out that every company manufacturing foam products have tons of clean, unused foam going to landfill every day. We rescue and grind up these bits of foam, compress them together and the super absorbent recycled EcoForce sponge is born.”
I had no call to use these so I can’t tell you how they perform, but I guess as well as any other synthetic sponge scourer.
However, this is a semi disposable product. Whereas pegs and washing lines ( see previous review) have a good long working life and can possibly be recycled, these have a much shorter life span and will not be recycled – which raises questions:
Is this a justifiable use of plastic that would otherwise be trashed? Well I suppose if it was going in the bin any way then yes… but talking of bins..
What happens to the finished pan scrub? How do I dispose of them? Well I can’t. As they don’t biodegrade I cannot compost them, they cannot be recycled so cannot go in the green bin and I don’t fancy burning them. So they have to go in my black bin to be collected and specially disposed of by the council. Hmmmmm.
So to conclude nice packaging, properly labeled, the product locally made from recycled materials; when I need a plastic scourer I would choose these.
BUT I would advise you to try one of the natural alternatives first.
You can find more pot scouring options here
You can read my other Ecoforce Reviews here.