My eco journey continues and this time I've been tackling foreign territory... Cleaning. As my boyfriend, my parents and my old uni housemates can tell you, I have never been 'the clean one'. As a designer, I am clutching onto theories written by psychologists that claim messy desks give you a creative boost (and I'm hoping it is still applicable to the pile of clothing at the end of my bed. (Am I being eco-friendly, am I being lazy, can they be the same thing?))
When I first contacted Eco Max to ask if I could try out their kitchen range, it somehow never crossed my mind that I was ASKING to clean up. Tarik was honestly thrilled that I would be taking over his washing-up duties for a while and we have both given them a good workout over the last six months.
These cleaning brushes were sent to me to review by Import Ants (the makers of Eco Max) and some links used in this review are affiliate links. This means if you choose to shop through them I may make a small commission at no cost to you, which helps to support my work. This is not a sponsored post.
About Eco Max
Eco Max is a fair-trade company that sustainably produces 100% natural brushes for your household, kitchen and body. Each brush is handmade by Fair Trade communities in Sri Lanka using natural fibres that can be composted at the end of their life. The kitchen brushes are all 100% plastic-free and the bristles are made from coconut fibre (except for the non-stick pan brush which uses jute fibres as these are softer and will not scratch delicate items). Coconut fibre is tough, long-lasting, naturally antibacterial and will biodegrade in your home compost! This sounds pretty great, but as with any product, it needs to stand up next to its plastic counterpart to win over the mass market. I love (and will support) alternative products that are a little more fiddly or a little less effective if they are better for the environment than plastic, but in general I understand to have a large effect then the product has to excel across every single level. So today, I am reviewing these brushes against regular plastic brushes to look at strength, efficiency and longevity; because you deserve the best. Let's get cracking.
The scrubber/scourer fits really nicely in my hand and makes it easy to apply the right pressure to get old bits of food off of our plates and pans. This is my go-to washing up brush now and feels so natural to use! I also use it for giving my carrots and potatoes a quick scrub or getting burnt in stains off of the stovetop. Even though it is made from coconut fibre, this scrubber seriously packs a punch that will rival any nylon scourer in your kitchen! Seriously, after using it multiple times a day for over four months straight I don't think the bristles are even dented. But when the scrubber does eventually run out of love, it can be put straight into the home compost! Shop the scourer
(Or as I call it The MORE SCRUBBY LESS GRUBBY Brush!) A scrubbing brush suitable for getting down and dirty with your dishes, while keeping your hands clean and dry. I found this brush incredibly useful for things that needed a little extra elbow grease as well as containers, mugs, pots, and any item that had a deep bottom. I also love that the brush came with string on the handle so it is easy to hang up after washing! Plus, the handle (made from sustainably harvested timber) is curved to be extremely comfortable for your hand, so if you have a mountain of dishes (and I will neither confirm nor deny that that's me) you won't end up with a strained wrist at the end - way better than the stiff plastic handle of my last brush! Touches like this show how much Eco Max care and think about how their products will be used so we get the most out of each product! Shop the dish scrubber
The newest addition to Eco Max is the premium bottle brush! For the longest time, I was put off from buying a big reusable bottle, or any that had small tops that would make cleaning nearly impossible. Plus we don't have a dishwasher so if I ever did need to machine wash something I would need to sneak it into the dishwasher at work. Now I know that plastic bottle brushes exist BUT if I was going to be using plastic free or reusable bottles, I didn't want to have to buy a plastic brush for the sole purpose of cleaning it. Needless to say, finding out Eco Max had bottle brushes was extremely exciting. When I tried out the premium bottle brush, my mind was a little bit blown. I borrowed a stainless steel bottle with a slim top from a friend and happened to also rescue a pair of large reusable plastic bottles from work (I found them in the trash...NOT EVEN THE RECYCLING BIN) With those two, I could properly put the brush to the test. The bottle brush bristles are the same coconut fibre bristles as the previous brushes I have tried, but they are cut finer and feel softer which allowed them to glide through even the tight steel bottle's hole with ease. It was fascinating while cleaning the clear bottle since I could see each bristle in action and make sure it was able to reach every little corner (which it did, brilliantly). Finally, I can use the amazing bottles I have lusted for that remained out of reach. And it's all thanks to some coconuts!
The Eco Max kitchen range is environmentally friendly, biodegradable and entirely handmade. They are utilising waste products and natural materials to produce incredibly durable and effective brushes that can replace plastics in your kitchen. They use natural fibres that would otherwise have been wasted, and keeping them natural so they can be responsibly composted at the end of their use. But more than this they are effective and long lasting. They stand up well to their plastic cleaning rivals and wont be left for hundreds of years in landfill once their useful life is over.
If you want to shop for Eco Max products in Australia, check them out on Flora and Fauna.