According to a recent poll conducted by Yale University and George Mason University, titled Climate Change in the American Mind, about seven (7) in ten (10) Americans are at least somewhat worried about global warming/climate change. While this number is encouraging for those of us who are environmentally conscious, it can be difficult to feel like one is making a difference. While powerful climate innovators like Bill Gates are thinking big picture, what can we do in our daily lives to be proactive? Making small adjustments in your everyday life can add up to a big difference when it comes to global climate change!
We believe that switching to green laundry detergents is one such small adjustment that many families can make. With this in mind, today we will identify the problem with traditional laundry detergents, discuss some currently available green laundry detergents, and finally make the case for laundry sheets being the best green laundry detergent on the market today.
The Problem with Traditional Laundry Detergents
Without getting all the way up on our high horse, the problem with traditional laundry detergents boils down to the economic concept of the race to the bottom. This nearly 100 year old term can be defined as “a competitive state where a company, state or nation attempts to undercut the competition’s prices by sacrificing quality standards or worker safety, defying regulations, or paying low wages.”
When we talk about laundry detergent and the environment, the race to the bottom results in companies using the cheapest available products regardless of their efficacy or impact on the environment. The net result is traditional laundry detergents containing toxins, synthetic chemicals, irritants, and ingredients which may harm the environment.
Commercially Available Green Laundry Detergents
With the doom and gloom out of the way, what are some green laundry detergent options from top laundry detergent brands? These are some of the most popular options available today that tout themselves as eco-friendly laundry detergents:
Tide PurClean: one of the most well-known laundry brands, Tide, is in on the eco-friendly laundry game. As we will see from many of these examples, the claims of being green are somewhat exaggerated. A mere 75 percent of the ingredients of Tide PurClean are derived from plants. Additionally, 32 loads cost around $12, a cost per wash of ~37.5 cents.
Method Laundry Detergent: Method is comprised of more plant-based than Tide PurClean, but still contains several synthetic chemicals including sulfonic acids, c10-18-alkane, sodium salts, monoisopropanolamine, and polyester. At an average cost of $16 per 50 loads, the cost per wash comes in at a pricey 32 cents.
Common Good Bergamont: Common Good Laundry Detergent is a green product from a smaller company. Unfortunately, while the ingredients are 100% plant-based, consumer reviews show that the formula is not as effective as other detergents. At a cost of $21 for 48 loads, that comes in at about 44 cents per wash.
Why Laundry Sheets make the Best Green Laundry Detergent
The obvious question now becomes: is there a green laundry detergent that is affordable, completely green, and really works? Thankfully, the answer is yes! Here is why we feel that Sheets laundry sheets are the best laundry detergent choice for the environmentally conscious:
- Our ingredients are 100 percent plant-based and biodegradable. There are synthetic chemicals in nearly all laundry detergents, even those that claim to be green. This is not the case with our laundry sheets. Our ingredients: Water (extracted during manufacturing), naturally-derived surfactants from coconut oil, polyvinyl alcohol, natural essential oil fragrance (Osmanthus). All are natural.
- Laundry sheets save water and resources. Because laundry sheets are completely dissolvable, are lightweight, and contain no water, they save resources during manufacturing, transport, and during use. Because the ingredients are all natural, there is no residue or run off after your laundry is completed.
- Laundry sheets are affordable. Our best value comes in at under 22 cents per wash. This offers significant savings over the other options listed above which deliver less environmentally friendly and/or effective products!
- Laundry detergent sheets have been shown to clean just as well as the best high efficiency detergents. As a continuation of the previous point, searching for a green laundry detergent that really works can be frustrating. Laundry sheets clean with the same power as most, if not all, mainstream detergents.
Sheets Laundry Club is Perfect for the Environmentally Conscious!
Alternative laundry detergents often claim to be green, but most still waste materials, contain synthetic chemicals, and cost way too much! Sheets Laundry Club is dedicated to providing a green alternative to traditional laundry detergents that is free of synthetic chemicals, toxins, and irritants, and fits most budgets. Our laundry club members are protected by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Not happy with our products (we think you will be) just let us know and we will offer a full refund!