The Truth About Microfibre Cloths: Are They Really Sustainable?

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Are you concerned about the sustainability of your cleaning routine?

Do you want to make a positive impact on the environment?

Then it's time to take a closer look at the cleaning tools you use, starting with the microfibre cloth.

Wait, you say, aren't microfibre cloths long-lasting and therefore sustainable? Well, yes and no. 

While it's true that microfibre cloths can last a long time if cared for properly, the fact remains that they are made of plastic - often polyester and polyamide.

This means that when they eventually do wear out and are disposed of, they will stick around in the environment for 100s of years, releasing harmful microplastics all the while. I guess you can call 100s of years ‘long-lasting’.

Let's talk about microplastics. 

Microplastics are tiny plastic particles that are harmful to the environment and human health. And you guessed it - microfibre cloths shed microplastics when you use them. They harm aquatic life and have even been found in human blood. So, while microfibre cloths may be great for cleaning, they're not so great for the planet - or humans!

Another issue with microfibre cloths is the methane gas they release when they end up in landfill. 

As we’ve discussed they can take 100s of years to break down, and while they do this they release methane - a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. So, not only are they bad for the environment while in use, they continue to do damage long after they've been thrown away.

So, what are the alternatives?

One great option is cotton cloths. Cotton is a natural, biodegradable material that doesn't shed microplastics when you use it. Plus, it's soft and absorbent, making it great for a variety of cleaning tasks. Another option is bamboo cloths. Bamboo is another natural material that's sustainable and biodegradable. Plus, it grows quickly and doesn't require pesticides or fertilisers.

And of course, we can't forget about our own Composty Swedish Dishcloths! Made from cellulose and cotton, these dishcloths are super absorbent and perfect for cleaning up spills and messes. Plus, they're 100% compostable, so you can feel good about using them and then throwing them away when they've reached the end of their lifespan.

In conclusion, while microfibre cloths may seem like a good choice for sustainable cleaning, they actually come with a host of environmental issues. When it comes to cleaning tools, it's important to consider the materials they're made from and the impact they have on the planet. So, next time you're in need of a cleaning cloth, reach for a sustainable alternative instead. Your planet will thank you!

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