As an individual, I try to reduce my carbon footprint in the little ways I can: I compost, recycle, and implement reusable household items whenever possible. But I’m ashamed to admit that laundry is one area in which I had never even paused to wonder how my habits might be impacting our climate. Turns out, laundry detergent is hugely polluting. In fact, 700 million plastic laundry jugs find their way into our landfills and oceans every year. Clearly, I had to find a way to cut out plastic detergent bottles. But how?
When I heard about Earth Breeze, a laundry company founded to be eco-friendly, I was immediately eager to give the brand a try. Earth Breeze is an alternative to conventional laundry detergent. Rather than coming in a bulky plastic bottle, Earth Breeze detergent is 100% plastic free, and comes in sets of 60 compact sheets that get your laundry clean without the waste. As the name suggests, it’s clearly made with our earth in mind. But their commitment to our planet goes beyond just the product they sell: for every purchase you make, Earth Breeze donates 10 loads of laundry to those in need. Most of those loads of laundry go to women’s shelters and homeless shelters, where laundry detergent is the #1 most requested item. I love that Earth Breeze doesn’t just talk about making a change— they truly make an impact every time someone chooses to purchase their product.
So it’s an eco-friendly, less expensive detergent alternative – but does it work?
Despite my dedication to reducing waste where I can, I’ll admit I was a bit nervous to try Earth Breeze. Suffice it to say that at the end of such a swampy, humid summer, I need all the cleaning power I can get. But as it turns out, I didn’t need to worry about Earth Breeze’s cleaning powers: this stuff is seriously potent. To truly put Earth Breeze to the test, I washed everything from dirty kitchen rags to sweaty exercise clothes. I was totally thrilled when everything came out of the wash completely odorless and clean. As I folded my laundry, I marveled that such a seemingly small amount of detergent could have produced such fluffy, crisp laundry. It truly put my old drugstore detergent to shame.
Another thing I love about Earth Breeze? How lightweight it is. If you live in New York City, you know that when it comes to lugging your laundry to the laundromat, every pound counts. Compared to my old detergent, which came in a bulky, heavy bottle, Earth Breeze is light and compact enough to slip easily into my laundry bag, and frees up some all important space in my crammed storage closet. When you finish a pack, the cardboard packaging is recyclable. And like many aspects of Earth Breeze, the benefits aren’t simply to the consumer: a lighter product means fewer carbon emissions due to shipping. Plus, Earth Breeze products are made in the USA (at their warehouse in Oregon), so there’s no additional overseas shipping to get the product to you in the first place.
A few days later, I’m happy to report that Earth Breeze’s scentless detergent has yet to irritate even my sensitive, reactive skin. That’s because Earth Breeze is not only fragrance-free, it’s also hypoallergenic and dermatologist-approved, so you can rest assured knowing your detergent won’t cause any unnecessary irritation. That being said, if you prefer your detergent to be lightly fragranced, they do offer an enticing scented version, which the brand describes as a “fresh scent with floral notes.”
I’m hooked! So long traditional detergent 👋
I love that with Earth Breeze, I can eliminate yet another wasteful household product and actually feel good about a typically dull chore. With Earth Breeze, I can get my clothes clean while helping clean up our planet, too. And now that I know I’ll be using Earth Breeze for a long time to come, I’m excited to try out their subscription service— which not only ships conveniently to your door, but also offers a whopping 40% off the price. My laundry days just got a whole lot easier— and way greener.