Eco-friendly products don’t seem to be so green

Eco-friendly products don’t seem to be so green

Even the non-green washed examples make me cringe.

While many friends wax on about the benefits of making their own laundry soap—how cheap it is, how better for the earth it is—I have scoffed, saying how much I like my eco-friendly detergent and supporting companies who are trying to make a difference. Besides, who wants to clog their blender with soap flakes? Hello, my blender is for once in a blue moon smoothies!

But now I am thinking that they are on to something. Not only do they spend pennies per wash—something that we really need to do, too—but they’re also not buying all of that packaging. Last night, I saw one of my favorite detergents packaged in individual sample sizes, wrapped with plastic. Really? Was that much packaging really necessary? Then, since there was a big sale on them, this woman with a bunch of coupons bought a dozen of them rather than one full-sized package, which had to have been wasteful as far as packaging goes.

Another favorite eco-friendly brand had designed their own little pod package of detergent that you just pop in, which I’m sure is convenient—except that every single one was individually packaged in plastic, too! Do you see a pattern here? I am thinking it’s time to learn how to use the blender for something else.