Saturday, June 28, 2008

Eco Cleaning

My mom is always looking for eco products for the kitchen. Paper towels are too easy to use, but of course they fill up landfills so they are not the right thing to use. Just last week mom found this company, Pacific Dry Goods and their awesome products.

Mom ordered the EcoSponge. Instead of using a traditional sponge, paper towel, or cloth to clean the counters, she has been using this sponge and she loves it. This sponge absorbs more than 15 times its weight in liquid and it's drip free. It is made from a durable yet washable natural fabric(more on that later). It is tough enough to scour and scrub, yet safe for wiping any surface.

Mom also ordered the EcoTowl. She usually uses a dish towel to wipe the dishes dry and to dry her hands after she washes them. The dish towels are okay, but the Eco Towl absorbs more than 10 times its weight in liquid. Like the Eco Sponge, it is made from a durable yet natural washable fabric. It can be used wet or dry and can be used throughout the house.

What is so great about these products? The secret is the natural fabric. According to the Pacific Dry Goods website, the fabric is as unique as how they produce the sponge and towl. The fabric is a natural and environmentally-friendly fabric (made from recycled wood chips) called Viscose. They claim that it wipes like a towel, dries like a chamois and absorbs like a sponge. Very clever indeed!

Like I mentioned before, Viscose absorbs a lot. The secre is in the thousands of tiny air cells in the material which trap liquid rather that absorbing it. So even when Viscose seems soaked, simply wring it out and it’s ready to dry again and again. This amazing natural fabric is versatile, durable, machine-washable, and even gets softer the more you use it.

But what about that miracle fabric microfiber? Microfibers are synthetic products, which means that they are made from petrochemicals - YUCK! They also pickup and hold dirt so tightly that they must be washed after every use.

Okay, but what about chamois? Chamois is made from the skin of animals (yikes!), most typically sheepskin. That is not good. Sheepskin belongs on sheep, not on your kitchen counter.

As if the products weren't great enough, the majority of the production work at Pacific Dry Goods is performed by workers with developmental disabilities. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, they have a long term and on-going relationship with the Association for Retarded Citizens. This company is just a win-win in my book!
You can check out their full product line at

But wait. Where can you buy these great products? Their website has a list of retailers and my mom chose She Hasit. They are a family owned business in Massachusetts and they offer free shipping to U.S. addresses. Shop with them at

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