The methods we all use for household cleaning have a serious impact on the environment.
- Paper towels and wipes go to landfill or are incinerated and have a major impact on the environment.
- Impregnated disposable wipes are particularly harmful, due to their volume and the types of waste generated.
- There is a significant environmental impact from cleaning chemical production and the use of cleaning chemicals in the home, quite apart from the impact of the residues that go down the sink and eventually find their way into rivers and oceans.
- A significant number of ‘perfumed’ cleaning liquids, that claim to be natural, have traces of chemicals that many experts believe to be harmful to the environment.
e-cloths are made of man-made fibres and have an environmental impact, of course, but they neither use nor are impregnated with chemicals. The fact that they last for years and can be washed over 300 times, means the environmental impact is significantly lower than other cleaning products and processes.