Jumping on the bandwagon is often a derogatory phrase used to describe unoriginal people, organizations, or companies. But I continue to be pleased by all the major companies jumping on the green bandwagon. The most recent jump I’ve noticed has been made by Scotch-Brite, a 3M brand of household cleaning products. Scotch-Brite has introduced a line of green products, called Greener Clean, that includes scrubbers, soap pads, wipes, and sponges. The products are easily accessible since they’re sold at Wal-Mart and Target stores. But they do seem to carry higher price tags, which is common with environmentally-friendly products. For example, the basic Greener Clean sponge costs about 2 times as much as the non-natural counterpart sold under 3M’s O-Cel-O TM brand. About the same price differential exists for the Greener Clean scouring pads versus the Scotch-Brite traditional scouring pads.
But the environmental benefits of the Greener Clean line may make their products worth the money. The packaging of four of their products is made from 80-100% recycled material and is 100% recyclable. The scouring portion of the scrub sponge and the scour pad is made from 50% agave plant. The sponges are all-natural and 23% recycled paper. The wipes are made from 60% bamboo rayon and 40% cotton. And the soap pads are made from 100% recycled plastic with biodegradable and phosphorous-free soap.
Photo credit: Victoria Vazquez