Plastic Free Laundry Detergent - Guide
Plastic. So common that it’s even made its way stealthily into everyday products without you realizing. One place we bet you never considered was your laundry detergent. Yep, that’s right, there’s even plastic in your detergents - and not just the bottle they came in. Switching to plastic-free laundry detergent is one of the best and easiest steps you can make towards protecting our marine environment and the planet.
The damage your laundry detergent is doing is easy to ignore, but important to acknowledge and change. Once you understand its impact, we bet you’ll be happy to make the switch to plastic-free laundry detergent.
Why Plastic-Free Laundry Detergent?
There is a huge spectrum of detergents available in the market, many are full of harsh chemicals and additives. These chemicals along with synthetic fragrances can cause skin irritation headaches, allergies and more. For aquatic life, they can be deadly, creating algal blooms that starve fish of oxygen. They also interrupt the surface tension of the water, making it susceptible to other pollutants such as smog and dirt.
Perhaps most surprisingly (and disturbingly) there is even microplastics to be found in some leading detergents. According to the Plastic Soup Foundation, when 300 brands were tested, 119 had plastic polymers present. Some have visible micro-beads, these beads are made of plastic and added with the intention to mask stains, boost fragrance and diversify appearance. They do not add to cleaning power or make detergent more effective in any way.
Additionally, your favourite detergent pods may market a water-soluble outer, but while they dissolve, they degrade poorly. Meaning they do not completely disappear ending up in wastewater and making it into our waterways and oceans.
Unlike personal care products and cosmetics, manufacturers of laundry detergents are not required to list the full break-down of ingredients in their products. The big brands are knowingly keeping this information from you as they deem it unimportant. The environmental crisis we find ourselves in shows how important it is to finally switch to plastic-free laundry detergent.
What Plastic-Free Laundry Detergent Should you Choose?
If you’ve found yourself wishing for a truly plastic-free laundry detergent with powerful cleaning ability, and no hidden plastics then we have the solution. Kind Laundry Sheets are the zero waste, zero mess and zero plastic alternative. Made using just four naturally derived ingredients they are also fragrance-free and incredibly easy to use.
Not only is the product itself plastic-free, but the packaging is also. Even the mailers are completely compostable. Over 700 million plastic detergent bottles end up in landfill and oceans every year in the USA alone. Choosing plastic-free packaging is just as important as choosing a plastic-free laundry detergent. Even powdered detergent in cardboard boxes hide a plastic measuring scoop.
No hidden nasties in packing or ingredients with Kind Laundry. Pre-measured detergent sheets ensure no excess or wasted detergent. Forget sticky detergent spills or messy powders, just a simple no-mess strip and you're on your way to soft, clean clothes.
At Kind Laundry we are committed to being plastic and waste-free in every part of our business, so you can wash with confidence. Our hope is to influence greater change and live in a healthier, kinder and plastic-free environment.
Other Ways to go Plastic-Free In Your Laundry & Our Oceans
Don’t just stop with choosing plastic-free laundry detergent, there are many other ways you can reduce plastic waste in your laundry routine. Here are some:
- Use stainless steel pegs, they last longer and zero plastic to be seen.
- Use woven laundry baskets made from cane or reeds. They are completely biodegradable at the end of their life span.
- Wear cotton or other natural fibres. Polyester and similar synthetic fibres, when washed, release microplastics into the wash that end up in our waterways.
- Avoid microfibre cleaning cloths. These cloths are reusable, but they are also derived from plastic and release plastic fibres in the same way as synthetic clothing. Try repurposing old cotton clothing as cleaning cloths instead.
- Fit a filter to your washing machine to catch the microplastic fibres that get released during the wash cycle.
- Use natural stain removers such as lemon and bicarbonate soda and avoid plastic bottles. Or try our brand new, waste-free vegan stain removal bar!
Clean Clothes, Clear Conscience
It is possible to find a completely plastic-free laundry detergent. From the packaging to the product it contains. Making this simple change protects not only the environment but also your family from a whole host of nasty and unnecessary extras.
Swapping out your everyday products to avoid microplastics is just as important as choosing reusable shopping bags and coffee cups. They’re not as visible, but arguably more damaging.
Make it easy and headache-free to be plastic-free, choose Kind Laundry Sheets. No eco-guilt, no mess, no waste. Just clean, soft laundry that you can be proud of from wash to wear and beyond.