Full Circle is a B-Corp that provides effective, sustainably made products that range from cleaning, home composting, and travel. They pride themselves on using plant-based materials to make their designs. These include bamboo, cellulose, and nuts. Full Circle only uses recycled plastic in a few of their products but for the most part the recycled plastic that they did use on products that are meant to last – like a brush compartment or a tumbler stopper. Why does this matter? Consider how much plastic trash currently sits in landfills. Because it does not biodegrade and some of course can be recycled, this is a way of salvaging what would go to landfill.
While I believe we should minimize or eliminate virgin plastic products it doesn't promote sustainability by any means it doesn't change the fact we still have a plastic problem. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, "Plastics do not biodegrade, although, under the influence of solar UV radiations, plastics do degrade and fragment into small particles, termed microplastics." These microplastics end up in much of our environment and largely, the ocean. Greenpeace states that Around 110 million tons of plastic are produced each year, of which about 11 million tons ends in the sea. And while you can recycle some plastics, its lifespan isn’t ideal by any means: most get downcycled to lesser quality products, which ultimately can no longer be recycled.
A Minimalist & Zero Waste Guide To Home Cleaning
Cleaning our spaces is absolutely important. For most of us its not perceived as the most enjoyable activity but whether you live in an apartment, a dorm, or even at home its necessary to get into the groove of cleaning. Want some facts? Here ya go & another one for added measure. I make my own all-purpose spray which I will post the recipe to very soon!
Laid Back 2.0 Sponge & Brush Be Good Brush | Most generic sponges made from petrochemical plastics. Full Circle offers these cellulose-based sponges as a sustainable solution that will completely break down when thrown away. In the meantime if you have a dishwater these sponge heads are safe to place in there for cleaning and maintenance.
The brush is made of bamboo and contains a non-toxic coating. The company uses recycled BPA free plastic bristles. The bamboo brush is re-useable with proper care and maintenance. All you need to do it replace the brush head. My favorite go-to are the sponges because they biodegrade!
Natural latex Cleaning Gloves | Prettiest environmentally safe gloves I ever did see. The inside of these gloves are made out of of nylon & rayon comprised of plant fibers. The outer is a natural latex exterior and the cuffs are made of cotton. No need to throw them out, with proper care they will last you a long time.
Modern Kitchen Towel | A 100% organic cotton towel for whatever you need: drying dishes, wiping down counters, even home décor. Of course its machine washable and durable.
Tough Stuff: All Purpose Scrub Brush | A sturdy replacement for scour pads this brush is ideal for tubs/showers, tiles, and wall surfaces. The head and its bristles are made of recycled plastic and bamboo making this ideal for vegans. Proper care includes washing in warm soapy water.
Walnut Scrubber Sponge | Only two materials made up these effective little scrub sponges: walnut & cellulose. The darker layer acts as a scour scrubber and the lighter option is a sponge. These were my first intro to Full Circle’s shop when I was trying to find solutions to plastic sponges. To disinfect and re-use you can place them in your dishwasher or place in boiling water for a few minutes and allow drying. Guaranteed to break down even in the landfill when it’s reached the end of its use.