Carbon tiptoes looks at eco friendly Soapods
at Ethical Superstore
A washing detergent that grows on trees…literally! Soapods are nuts that are native to India and Nepal, where they have been used for centuries as a washing detergent. Soapods also grow in Afghanistan, China , Florida, Africa and the Caribbean
Harvested from the Soapnut tree, the nuts contain the active natural washing ingredient saponin. Saponin is very similar to soap, when the shells of the soapnut come in contact with water the saponin is released and suds are produced. Soapods are sourced directly from India and have rigorous quality control procedures in place to ensure their product is of the highest standard.
Soapods are 100% natural.
Organic and biodegradable Soapods are also a sustainable, renewable primary product and a valuable contribution to the fight against environmental pollution. There is sometimes, the inaccurate perception that "Eco-products" are not as effective as their mass-produced chemical equivalents, Soapods breaks down these barriers.
Instructions for use: Simply place a few soap pods in the bag provided, and put in with your normal wash. Once finished, remove the bag, leave to dry, and then use again for your next wash. Can be used for consecutive washes.
Each pack contains roughly 25 washes. Costs £4.95
About soapods - Soapods are nuts that are native to India and Nepal.
They contain the active natural washing ingredient saponin. It is this
natural product which creates suds and washes you clothes.
Soapods are sustainable, renewable primary product and a valuable contribution
to the fight against environmental pollution.
Soapods Organic Laundry Liquid is a great option for those who are concerned for the environment, and still want fresh and scrupulously clean clothes. Soapnuts are the ethical choice for a laundry cleaner, as they are biodegradable and efficient. This is 1.1KG and costs £9.95
* 100% ORGANIC - Soapods grow on trees, are 100% biodegradable and compostable.
Washing in a more environmentally friendly way
Always wait til you have a full load before you put the washing machine on.
Avoid tumble drying. Get a washing line or a rotary dryer in the garden if possible. If you find you can't do without tumble drying then buy a spin dryer that spins the clothes really fast as this will extract more water and this means the clothes take a lot less time to tumble dry.
Spin Dryers - are small units that are either gravity or pumped. These spin dryers are easy to use - they're great for getting excess water from heavy items like jeans or towels which sometimes just never seem to spin properly in a washing machine. They can remove lots of water from clothes and leave them virtually dry. You'll be impressed at how well these work on laundry straight from your machine and also have the advantage that they can be used for spinning clothing you've hand washed.
Of course a washing machine with a higher spin speed will also leave
Don't put damp clothing on a radiator to dry as it stops heat entering the room and makes your room damp which can encourage mould. Dry clothes on a clothes rail in an unheated aired room.
Wash at a lower temperature. New washing powders are being designed to
be used as low as 30'C and still give outstanding cleaning. Even washing
at 40'C can help.
Washing kit from Natural Collection
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