Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on January 21, 2008
I’m a bit of a germ phobe who enjoys washing dishes – how many day-to-day tasks provide instant gratification the way washing dishes does? But as a germ phobe, I tend to be a bit of a sponge-aholic. So, someone recently gave me a hand knitted dish cloth.
My first thought was “How primitive.” My second thought was “Primitive, yes. But greener than the sponges I use for a week or so and then throw in the trash.”
So, I tried the dish cloth. I liked that I could throw it into the washing machine instead of the trash can, but it ended up performing only about half as well as my tried and true sponge.
But sometimes you have to sacrifice in order to be “G”, right? No way!
Enter Twist, a Boulder, Colorado-based company that believes in a clean world. And to do their part, they’ve come up with 100% biodegradable “naked” sponges. Made from cellulose and containing no dyes, they (according the packaging) “perform the balancing act of form and function, cleaning and conservation.” Which means it scrubs like a sponge but when you’re done with it, you can toss it in your compost.
What it doesn’t have is disinfectant. But that’s okay by me, even as a self-professed germ phobe, because I believe overuse of disinfectant causes more long term damage to our world than we realize.
The other curious thing about these sponges is that, according to the small print on the back, they’re “not for aquarium use”.
Not sure why, but since I don’t have one, I won’t waste time wondering… especially when there are dishes to be done.