Regular Cleaning Sponges vs Cellulose Sponges.
A sponge is a sponge right? Absolutely not! All Regular Cleaning Sponges are made from Polyurethane, a petroleum-based ingredient, which means, conventional sponges are made from oil-based plastic. Not very green, huh?
But, the worst is yet to come... Many Supermarket brands claim their sponges won't hold odours, and "contain an Anti-Bacterial treatment to keep them fresh for longer", and while this is true, that ' Anti-Bacterial treatment' is an extremely dangerous chemical called Triclosan - but they won't tell you that...Triclosan, is an antimicrobial agent (and pesticide) which reduces or prevents bacterial contamination, and has been linked to cancer, decreases in the levels of some thyroid hormones, contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics, potential of developing skin cancer after a long-term exposure, developmental toxicity and skin irritation. This chemical has also made its way into 60 percent of American waterways, and an Australian Report - The Journal of Environmental Quality JEQ-2014-01-0012-TR.R2, was conducted to gather research about Water Contaminants, Hazard Quotients, Micropollutants, Surface Water, TrOC and Water Quality, and according to this report, Australian Waterways Triclosans levels were considered at a hazard quotient, at 35% in NSW alone, not including the rest of Australia.
Triclosan is wreaking havoc on marine life. How do you feel about tossing that sponge in the trash now?
Then there’s the waste factor. A stinky sponge is not something you are going to be keeping for a long time, so we chuck them out—and often. From an eco point of view, that means lots of garbage heading to the tip to be stored as landfill.
What is the alternative to Regular Cleaning Sponges?
Cellulose Sponges are the perfect alternative to Regular Cleaning Sponges. Pure cellulose sponges are not as widely available as plastic ones, but contain no Polyurethane or Triclosan and are completely compostable so don't end up as landfill.
Do Cellulose Sponges work as well as Regular Cleaning Sponges?
Yes, yes and yes!
Cellulose Sponges absorbs water just as easily, if not better due to a fine-fiber phenomenon on tiny air bubbles within the Cellulose. Each and every air bubble holds water, 20 to 30 times more water than its weight.
The heat resistance is better than that of the regular polyurethane sponge, and the physical properties will not be changed up to about 140℃.
What are Cellulose Sponges made from?
Cellulose Sponges are made from cellulose - which is sometimes referred to as non-petroleum, recyclable vegetable fiber, which is a 100% natural material that is created from wood fibers, which are then turned into wood pulp, which is a natural fiber, and although human-made, they’re much more eco-friendly than plastic ones since they go through a less toxic manufacturing process and they biodegrade and compost in landfills.
These sponges are soft inside their sealed packaging because they are usually treated with a soap that keeps them pliable. This treatment also keeps bacteria from growing inside the package before they are purchased.
What are the environmental benefits of Cellulose Sponges?
As Cellulose Sponges are made with zero chemicals like Polyurethane or Triclosan at the end of their life, if burned, a toxic free gas is released and does not generate carbon dioxide on disposal. They are biodegradable, and compostable when buried, which means its properties are 100% earth-friendly, At the end of their life, simply put in your green waste bin, your compost bin, or bury in the garden to return to the circle of life.
Does Neatspiration sell Cellulose Sponges?
Yes! Neatspiration ONLY sells Cellulose Sponges and if a Cellulose Sponge has a non scratch Scourer attached, they are made from recycled plastic bottles which keep them out of landfill and use less energy and emit fewer greenhouse gases in production.