Many people today think about the footprints they leave on the planet, and what kind of world we’re going to leave to our children. It’s good that we’re thinking about it!
Every change we can make to reduce our individual impact on the environment adds up. Think of the cumulative effect of everything you do in a day—driving your car emits greenhouse gases, washing dishes creates wastewater that goes down the drain, cleaning your house adds chemicals to the environment around your home, trash gets put out in the morning and is hauled away (hopefully some of it gets recycled!) to end up in the landfill. Think about the impact your household has, and then multiply that by the number of houses on your street. Then consider your town.
Using ecoegg may not change everything, but it can help you change some things that are in your control. Think about all the ways ecoegg can help:
Don’t Ship Water
We have plumbing hooked up to our washing machines. That means we don’t have to carry a bucket to the well every time we need water to wash clothes. Think of those plastic jugs of detergent. Aside from the harsh chemicals, they also contain water: 60 to 90 percent of them, in non-concentrated formulas. Even concentrated detergents can have up to 50 percent water. So the truck that hauls that detergent to the store, or to the house if you get it home delivered, is carry water that your machine adds anyway. The ecoegg lets you use the water that the machine adds to clean your clothes, and the spherical shape of our pellets optimize surface contact so they can be more effective—and last longer.
The Plastic Problem
Laundry detergent jugs are single-use plastic. Once they’re emptied, they’re thrown out or recycled. Recycling is a great solution, when it happens, but estimates put recycling rates for plastic at around 9 percent. Even the best statistics estimate only 29.3 percent of plastic is recycled. We know plastic is bad for the environment—chiefly single-use plastic because it’s so durable, it simply sticks around. It gets into the environment, where marine animals eat plastic pieces, thinking it’s forage or food, and it causes them pain and health problems, even death. Worse still, plastic can break down, and turn into microplastic, where it gets into everything. Your ecoegg is made of durable plastic—not the single-use plastic. You know it’s not in the ocean because that plastic egg is right in your washing machine. And as for packaging, ecoegg uses recycled materials, that can be re-recycled.
Save Power While Drying Clothes
The less power we can use, the better for the environment. Rather than relying on harsh chemicals to make fabric softer, ecoegg Dryer Eggs soften clothes the old-fashioned way, with their nubby exterior agitating the fibers to prevent a hard finish. The added benefit? The method actually is shown to dry clothes faster, allowing the dryer’s warmth to work into the folds of the clothing more quickly, helping reduce your electricity use. This is good for the environment, as more than 60 percent of electricity in our country comes from fossil fuels.
Fewer Harsh Chemicals Entering the Environment
Reducing your impact at the most basic level, the same lack of harsh chemicals that makes ecoegg a good choice for people with sensitive skin also means that fewer chemicals are put into the environment. While water treatment does remove many of the contaminants from our effluent, chemicals can have an impact on a very granular level. Why not eliminate them wherever we can? When your ecoegg uses fewer chemicals to achieve cleaning results, it is kinder to the environment.