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Live Simply - Eco Product Review June 2023

Eco Products Review


Cleaning Brushes and Cloths


Wood Washing up brushes available in many supermarkets and other outlets

Work well, last well Recommended CP

Sponge Cloths – brand - Edited life available Dunelm

from vegetable based cellulose and cotton, fully compostable

Work well Under review for how long lasting

Multiple use cloths brand - Eco available Morrisons

Made from ‘’Naturally derived ingredients’’ Bio degradable

Work well Under review for how long lasting

Scourer/ Sponge brand Edited Life available Dunelm

made from plant based sisal and recycled PET plastic available

Work well, Under review for how long lasting

Skoy scourers

Expensive but last ages and can be washed in dishwasher and washing machine.

Under review CP recommended R P


Reservations

Loofa washing up pad brand Loofa

Work OK at first but go soft and so not good for scouring

Bamboo and Cotton fibre floor cloth brand - Edited Life available Dunelm

Works ok but no better than cotton cloth – expensive!


Didn’t work

Scourer/sponge brand Eco available Morrisons

made from Sisal and recycled PET plastic available Dunelm

Didn’t work well

All purpose cloth (similar to J cloth) 100% compostable brand Eco available Morrisons

Didn’t work well or wash well – useless! However there are many other brands that may work!

Dishcloths Marleys Monsters -. Available online

They work ok as dishcloths, they are cotton so shouldn't lose their effectiveness.

However when in use they leave a lot of lint on the surfaces, this is a particular problem for dark coloured ones. They are expensive! Not recommended CP


Cleaning Products

Washing up liquid brand Ecover

Environment friendly ingredients and available most supermarkets and in some refill stations

Works well Recommended CP

All purpose cleaner brand Ecover

Environment friendly ingredients and available as refill or in most supermarkets

Under Review

Toilet Cleaner Environment friendly and available as refill brand Ecover

Works well Recommended CP

Washing Soda used for general surface cleaning, ovens, drains, degreasing, toilet cleaning

available most supermarkets. Very cheap Recommended CP

Ocean Saver products

A whole range of cleaning, laundry, dishwasher products

Plastic free, plant based, and biodegradable All have good reviews on Amazon


Laundry

Eco Eggs for laundry available Wilko and on line

Work well, last well, cheaper than conventional laundry washing powder/liquid Recommended CP

Eco Egg tumble drier balls

Work ok, a bit noisy

*Wool Tumble Drier Balls

Work well to keep the laundry separated in the tumble drier, have good reviews recommended RP


Dishwasher

Smol – plastic free and bio degradable dishwasher tablets

Work well, similar price to good quality brands in supermarkets.

Arrive by post in plastic free packaging. Recommended CP

Ecover – Eco friendly ingredients but the tablets are wrapped in (recyclable) plastic

Work well Recommended CP

Recycled Paper Products

Toilet Paper – plastic free packaging, recycled

Supermarket own brands eg Sainsburys and Tesco good quality Recommended CP

Who Gives a Crap ( a very colourful name) good quality

Bonus that the company gives 50% of their profit to building toilets for communities in the Developing World who don’t have them.

Used in church Recommended CP

Kitchen Roll available most supermarkets

Works well Recommended CP

Eco paper plates - made from Bamboo – available Cherry Lane Garden centre not tried


100% Recycled Printer Paper

Xerox 100% Recycled Printer Paper unbleached available online

Off white/grey More expensive than conventional but works well in a domestic printer Recommended CP

Office Depot 100% Recycled Printer Paper Bright White available Viking Direct online

Bright white – More expensive than conventional but works well Recommended CP

Steinbeis No 4 Bright white used in the Diocese Pastoral Centre Recommended


Shampoo and Conditioner

Solid Shampoo and conditioner bars brand – Friendly Available on line and some refill stations

Works well, gentle on sensitive skin Recommended CP

Solid Shampoo and conditioner bars brand - Soap for little Suds

Works well, a bit expensive but lasts longer than the liquid alternative Recommended CP

Toothpaste

Plastic Free Toothpaste – it’s difficult to get ones that contain fluoride

Ben and Anna - didn't taste good

Review ‘’Wouldn't swop for conventional toothpaste. I'll recycle the tube at the Colgate recycle stations’’ CP


Compostable bin bags.

Compostable bin bags - Available most supermarkets. A BBC Radio programme said to use them and then empty the contents into the dust bin and put the bin liner in the compost bin (Rotherham brown bin)

Not tried but should be ok if used correctly.


Compostable Dog Poo Bags

Not tried but should work if disposed of correctly


Food Wraps

Beeswax wraps - available online work well recommended EP

Silicon food covers – alternative to Cling Film

work well but need several different sizes expensive but worth a try

Sandwich wraps reuseable available on line Recommended RP and EP

Eco Friendly Cling Film available Dunelm

Under review CP, Recommended PH

Silicon Sheets - available Lakeland and on line

alternative to aluminium foil for under the grill, the bottom of the oven and baking paper

Work well Recommended CP

Reusable Freezer bags available Lakeland and online

Expensive but work well Recommended HA, PH


Stainless steel straws work well recommended EP


Pencils and Pens

Pencils and Pens made from recycled materials available online

Work well recommended

Pen refills available online – make sure you get the right length!

Recommended


Make up remover

Pads – available Lush

Work well Recommended HA

Cloths available online

Work well Recommended CP


Reusable Nappies and Baby wipes

Reusable Washable Nappies and Baby wipes

Work well need a bit more effort, expensive to buy but can be bought second hand or can be resold easily if bought new recommended HA and EP


Selotape /Parcel Tape

Paper Kraft tape - it’s brown and works fine, recommended CP


Not Tried

Natural deodorants Safety razors Mascara Concealer Stick

Wild sage and Co - Bath and body oil and Exfoliating Soap Pouch- not tried

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