Last Updated on July 26, 2021
Water is a precious resource: Only .007% of the water on our planet is available to feed and fuel its 6.8 billion people. That’s not a lot of water so it’s incredibly important to keep our waterways clean and healthy!
One of the ways I like to do that is by opting for biodegradable laundry detergents because many conventional ones contain ingredients, like phosphates and surfactants (or surface-active agents), that are toxic to aquatic life.
With droughts and water scarcity becoming more common, there’s less water to split among us. Adding one more reason to preserve our waterways for all the Earth’s inhabitants.
This post was sponsored by Tru Earth. All thoughts and opinions are my own. For more information please see my disclosure policy.
Average daily indoor water use in the US is around 60 gallons per person per day, but our virtual water use, in other words, how much water goes into the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the products we use every day, is in the thousands of gallons.
Don’t believe me? Check out the Water Footprint Calculator – it’s very eye-opening. The US Average is 2,220 Gallons/Day — think you can beat it?
Seeing how much actual water and virtual water you use each day will inspire you to conserve it. A simple way to save water is by switching to waterless products like Tru Earth.
Tru Earth laundry detergent saves water:
Waterless detergents, like Tru Earth, save A LOT of water. That’s because they get to skip:
1. the plastic bottles (Did you know it takes 3 liters of water to make ONE liter of bottled water?)
2. the added water
3. the fuel to transport that heavy, heavy bottle.
In fact, water accounts for around one fifth of the total ingredients in liquid laundry detergents! And, globally, the laundry industry consumed 5 million tonnes of water in 2015 alone. (source)
Concentrated detergents require less plastic for bottles, less water, less corrugated cardboard for crating, and less gasoline used, and fewer trucks to move the shipments (source).
Instead of liquid or powdered laundry detergent, Tru Earth strips come in sheet form. You simply rip off a strip, place it in your washing machine, add your clothes on top, and let the machine take care of the rest.
1 strip equals 1 load, making each pack good for 32 loads. A single eco strip weighs less than 3 grams, which is a whopping 94% lighter than the world’s leading detergent (weighing in at over 40 grams)!
And because these strips are so much lighter, they have a much smaller carbon footprint when it comes to transportation! I mean, why pay to ship water around the world when we could just use the water we have at home?
Zero Waste Packaging:
Tru Earth eco strips are completely plastic free. They come in a compostable cardboard sleeve that doubles as a shipping envelope. Can’t get more low waste than that!
Approximately 1 billion laundry jugs are discarded in the United States each year. Only 30% percent of these plastic jugs get recycled, while the remaining 70% end up in landfills, with many finding their way into our oceans.
This doesn’t take into account all the resources and energy that went into making each jug (aka its life cycle.)
Plastic jugs are made from crude oil, a nonrenewable resource, that has to be extracted from earth in an unsustainable way. Then, the crude oil is transported to be molded into the shape of a jug – a process that also burns fossil fuels.
Now, packaging isn’t everything when choosing a laundry detergent, but it should definitely factor in somewhere. Sustainable packaging is important because it reduces the ecological footprint of a product in its various life cycle stages.
Tru Earth is a non toxic laundry detergent in many ways. It’s safe for both humans and the environment, thanks to its smart formulation.
It’s paraben-free, phosphate-free, and chlorine bleach-free. There are also no added dyes and it’s free of 1,4-dioxane. FYI, all of these ingredients are usually in conventional detergents and contribute to the decline of our waterways.
Phosphate can lead to eutrophication in waterways resulting in big algae blooms. These algae blooms deplete the water of oxygen and can harm marine wildlife.
Tru Earth lists all their ingredients on their website and explains what each ingredient does and why it belongs. Transparency is one of the things I look for in brands when judging their sustainability claims.
Lack of transparency is a key warning sign a brand might be greenwashing you. Always look for transparency and specificity in an easy-to-find part of their website.
All of Tru Earth’s laundry strips are vegan and cruelty free. They come in three different scents.
– Fresh Linen
– Baby friendly*
Both Fragrance-Free and Baby Friendly are hypoallergenic. Even most natural fragrances set off my allergies or leave me with a headache so my personal favorite is the unscented. My clothes just smell like fresh, clean clothes – no extra fragrance needed!
Septic, HEe + Cold Water Safe
This laundry detergent checks off all the boxes. Its low-sudsing formula works in all types of washing machines, including high-efficiency (HE.) It completely dissolves in both hot and cold water. Last but not least, it’s septic safe.
Why is low sudsing detergent good?
Low sudsing is a good thing! Bubbles don’t clean your clothes. The saponified molecules in water are what do the cleaning.
Many conventional detergents that produce lots of suds typically use suds-producing agents that don’t enhance cleaning power – they’re only added for appearances.
If you want to save energy, and have a high-efficiency (HE) detergent, you’re better off with a low sudsing detergent like Tru Earth.
Regular detergent produces too many suds for HE machines and can cause the washer to repeatedly rinse laundry. This just makes your machine work harder at washing the bubbles off, and results in more wasted energy, water and time.
Less bubbles, less energy consumption – it’s a win win.
The moment you’ve all been waiting for: Does Tru Earth laundry detergent actually work? The answer is yes – and it works surprisingly well.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure if a 2″ x 4″ strip could wash a whole load of clothes. But I was happily proven wrong when my clothes came out smelling fresh and clean.
Water savings is an incredibly important issue so be sure to check out my blog post 10 easy ways to save water for further reading!
Have you tried any just-add-water products? I would love to hear about them in the comments below. Also let me know if you’ve tried Tru Earth, especially if you’ve tried the fresh linen – curious to hear about your experience!