On Tuesday I wrote about how I'll be sharing a few lower-waste, more sustainable options for readers who aren't able to find household products near them in bulk. Not having access to truly zero waste products doesn't mean you can't still strive to live with a lower impact. Any small thing you're able to do matters (you can see my thoughts on that, here).
First up in this series, I'm chatting about different laundry detergents. Ideally, one would be able to find a laundry detergent in a nearby store, package-free (you can look here to see if there's a store in your area that sells it, and also you can visit various natural stores near your home to check what they offer). Or, you might be able to make your own from ingredients bought in bulk (recipe ideas at the bottom of the post!). But, if neither of those work for you, here are a few other options you can buy from brands who are doing things right, who have thoughtfully low-impact packaging and are, of course, nontoxic:
-The Simply Co.* makes a really simple, 3-ingredient, nontoxic laundry detergent that got even the grass stains out of a pair of my light-colored shorts. Owned by zero waster Lauren Singer, the laundry detergent ships in packaging that is reusable and recyclable, down to the paper tape. Even better, if possible, purchase it in a store near you; find a list of their stockists, here (New York City readers can even buy it in bulk!).
-Common Good and Co makes nontoxic, refillable home cleaning goods. Visit the location guide on their website to see if they have a laundry detergent refill station in a store near you. Or, you can purchase their laundry detergent in a bulk quantity for your home, from the same type of container that you'd decant bulk liquids from in the store (5 gallons!).
-Greenshield Organic's* nontoxic and organic laundry detergent comes in plant-based, not petroleum-based, recyclable packaging. They sell a really affordable 5 gallon quantity of their detergent for less than $40, which just means that instead of purchasing it in bulk from the store, you bring the bulk quantity home with you for an equivalent decrease in overall packaging waste.
-Many Etsy sellers make laundry detergent, and because they're smaller vendors they'll likely honor your request to ship it in minimal, recyclable packaging. Or, check to see if there's a seller near you and ask if you can pick up the product yourself, package-free.
-Try making your own. Maybe you can't find laundry detergent in bulk at your supermarket, but you can find Dr. Bronner's castile soap and baking soda. Or washing soda. Or bars of castile soap to grate. There are so many recipes online you can choose from, so pick one that matches what you're able to purchase most sustainably. I'm eager to try this recipe and this one.
More green laundry goodness, if you'd like: air drying clothing, hand washing woolens, and making your own nontoxic dryer balls.
Samples of the products with asterisks were kindly given to me to review for this series. All opinions are my own.