Discover one change to your lifestyle that could make a huge impact to your plastic output
How you clean your home could dramatically increase or decrease the amount of plastic waste your household generates.
How does cleaning generate plastic waste?
Detergent bottle, trigger spray bottles, sponges, fibres, mops and buckets – all contain plastic and most become waste.
Why is plastic waste a problem?
Plastic is so useful, versatile and easy to produce that it’s become our go-to material. We use it to create all manner of things from the furniture we might keep for 50 years to packaging we throw away immediately.
Every year we throw away enough plastic to circle the Earth four times, 8 million tonnes end up in our waterways and you know plastic is becoming a problem when it's being found in some of the most remote parts of the planet.
The plastic itself isn’t necessarily the problem, the amount we are wasting and how we’re dealing with it is. This is why even if you've never thought about it before, beginning your plastic-free journey and swapping plastic products for more sustainable ones will make a difference.
How much plastic waste does cleaning your home generate?
Australians produce 540kg of household waste per person each year.
Cleaning products might not be a single-use plastic but they represent disposable household plastic waste that we should work towards reducing.
Whether you clean-as-you-go during the week or have a cleaning blitz on the weekend, we all need cleaning products, but the products you buy and how you use them makes a difference.
Plastic waste and chemical cleaning products
Calculating the waste we generate from cleaning products is tricky when it comes to traditional chemical cleaning products.
Some people might clean their home daily, others might only clean every other week. Some households might spray once and wipe a surface, others might spray three-times and then wipe.
How often you clean and how much product you use will directly impact the amount of waste you produce. On average, households that clean with chemicals have between 6 and 7 cleaning products in the cupboard at any one time.
If a single household uses 25 cleaning products that come in a plastic container or bottle in a year, that’s approximately 1.5kg of plastic waste generated by cleaning only.
Plastic waste and ENJO cleaning products
Calculating the plastic waste generated by ENJO cleaning products is easier, as cleaning with ENJO means switching from disposable cleaning products to reusable cleaning products.
Products are reusable for 3 years meaning you clean, wash, dry, and repeat. To clean with one-of-a-kind fibre technology ENJO products are made from a mix of five raw materials, polyester, acrylic, polyamide, viscose and cotton meaning they contain plastic.
By cleaning your home with the ENJOpure Bundle you’re reducing your plastic waste to approximately 16g of microplastics per year, and using a Cora Ball or Guppyfriend Washing Bag when you wash your ENJO products can capture this plastic waste to protect our oceans.
When ENJO cleaning products become worn (around the 3-year mark depending on how often you use them and how well you care for them) ENJO Australia collects old fibres for upcycling by ENJO International into home insulation, reducing plastic waste further.
What about packaging?
ENJO Fibres arrive in a waste-free Laundry Bag and recyclable box or road bag.
Plastic waste: ENJO cleaning vs chemical cleaning products
Cleaning with ENJO’s reusable cleaning range means reducing plastic waste significantly.
Over the 3 year lifecycle of ENJO products, cleaning with chemicals will produce 94-times more plastic waste.
Reusable products not only minimise plastic waste, but they also minimise your carbon footprint.
For a long time, ENJO International has been updating its business practices for a cleaner planet, such as reforestation projects to offset production emissions.
Plus, in 2019 ENJO Australia planted 1000 trees in Australia with the Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund as another way to reduce waste and our emissions.
Have you made the switch to a reusable cleaning routine?
If you already clean with ENJO, tell us what you think in the comments.
Want to make the change but aren’t convinced fibre technology will keep your home as clean as chemicals? You need to see ENJO in action.
Try the products in your own home and get free products and benefits.
What if ENJO isn't for you? Simply return within 30 days.
Editors note: this post was updated 17 July 2020