There’s a new kid on the block – the coconut fibre scouring pad. It is a tangle of strong matted coconut fibre. It is tougher than the luffa not as brutal as a metal it is excellent for mid range cleaning. I have been using mine for a while now and it is still nice and wiry unlike the luffa which tends to soften up with use. I have used it in a wide range of circumstances and I am pleased with the results. I think they compare well with synthetics and can be used as an alternative.
It comes simply packaged in a cardboard sleeve so no rubbish there.
You can get them on-line from savesomegreen.co.uk
This online shop are very aware of problematic plastic misuse and have a great packaging policy. Tell them you want no plastic packaging and you will be heard.
They also do a good-looking range of bamboo products including crochet hooks and pegs.
You can find more pot scouring options here