5 good reasons to switch to eco-friendly dishes

Cooking in zero waste way is good! But how can you stay green when you have a never-ending pile of dishes? Switch easily to an eco friendly dishes ! You can go green by doing small, simple things that will be in line with your daily life in zero waste mode.

1. Saving water

You can reduce your water consumption when washing dishes by hand or when using a dishwasher.

1. For an eco friendly hand washing.
  • To start, as you might expect, avoid leaving the tap running when you don’t need it. This can start to make a big difference to your consumption. When we run our tap for 1 minute, we use 12L of water, the equivalent of â…” of a shower. It may sound logical, but prevention is better than cure 😉
  • Prefer cold or lukewarm water washes and rinses. Indeed, heating water consumes a lot of electricity or gas, depending on your installation. In addition, the cold water that comes out while the water is heating is lost.
  • If you have two basins in your washbasin, separate the cleaning and rinsing basins. If you only have one basin, you can use a basin. Put your dirty dishes in one basin filled with soapy water (note that solid dish soap is not meant to be left in water). In the second basin, simply put water. Wash your dishes. Dip them into the dirty dish tray to remove any residue. Then put them in the clean water tray. Finally, dry them on the drainer. Repeat this action for each utensil. Depending on the amount of dishes you have, you can change the water in the clean water tank 1 to 2 times. This technique will save you precious litres of water.
  • Re-use the cooking water to make your dirty water tank.
  • You can buy and install a pressure reducing valve on your tap. This will limit the number of litres per minute used by your tap.
  • Invest in a solid dish soap and a durable dish sponge (= a washable and reusable sponge). Your dishes will be just as clean and healthier.
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2. For an eco friendly dishwashing in the dishwasher.
  • When buying a dishwasher, pay attention to its water consumption level. Prefer appliances with an A rating, as they use the least amount of water.
  • Use your dishwasher at the right time. Wait until it is full before running it. This will prevent you from doing one a day when it’s half empty.
  • Prefer the “eco wash” option. This option will reduce the temperature of the water and reuse it. This mode takes longer than a regular wash, but if you run it at night, no worries. A little bonus, normally between 10pm and 6am or 11:30pm and 7am we are in off-peak mode. This means that the electricity rate is lower than normal. Don’t thank us 😉
  • Avoid pre-washing if your dishes don’t have embedded stains. It consumes a lot of water and energy to be able to remove them. So if you don’t have one, save money 😉
  • Buy a dishwasher according to the size of your household. If you live alone or with two people, you don’t need a huge dishwasher. If your dishwasher is disproportionately large, it prefers encrusted stains as it will take time for the dishwasher to fill up completely.

2. Make water less polluting

Some components of dishwashing liquids and tablets are not very environmentally friendly. They include petrochemical surfactants, which pollute waterways. These surfactants are also bad for your health and can cause endocrine disruption.

To make your water discharge healthier, nothing could be easier 😉

Opt for products with the European Ecolabel or Ecocert label. Since 2020, there is a new certification: “Ecocert Ecodetergent”. These labelled products offer, in particular, surfactants of natural origin and natural fragrances based on essential oils.

You can also roll up your sleeves and make your own homemade dishwasher pellets!

Do you wash your dishes by hand? Replace your dishwashing liquid with a solid dishwashing soap. You can also simply use Marseille soap or Aleppo soap.
For 100% effectiveness every time, we recommend solid dish soap. A solid dish soap (also called “cake dish”) is made of natural ingredients. In our cake dish recipe for example? Soap, white vinegar for degreasing, descaling and disinfecting and rosemary or mint-basil essential oil for their antioxidant properties and pleasant smell. This is a surfactant-free washing-up liquid, so it foams a little less than a conventional washing-up liquid but is just as effective. You can find other types of homemade dishwashing soap recipes (with soda crystals or natural surfactants for example).
All these elements have degreasing, disinfecting and cleaning properties. These ingredients are natural and biodegradable, so they do not pollute the water used. To use it is very simple, wet your washable sponge or your tawashi, rub it against the cake dish, and you can start your ecological washing up!

3. Limit plastic consumption

We know that the fight against plastic is making good progress, even if the battle is still long. We can never repeat it enough: every step counts, even the smallest ones. The advantage of solid products is that there is no plastic packaging. And when you are in a zero plastic approach, it is still better 😉

Having your own solid dish soap or creating your own pellets, will considerably limit your plastic consumption. No more packaging for the washing up liquid and no more packaging around the pellets. What more could you want? And believe us, the savings in your wallet will be felt 😉

4. Sanitizing your dishes

We’ve seen that the ingredients in solid dishwashing soap make your dishes well disinfected. But what about your classic sponge? You have to admit that it’s a bit of a mess. Between the dirty residues that get lodged in them and the humidity, sponges are a favourite place for bacteria to grow. According to several studies, 90% of classic sponges are a real nest for bacteria and have several million of them. Most of them are not harmful to health. However, some are toxic. Some can cause nasal burns, others intestinal disorders. According to these studies, to keep a sponge free of bacteria, it should be changed every week or two. Hmm… who does that?!

Why not switch to washable and reusable sponges? These washable sponges are made with a cotton or cloth side, corresponding to the absorbent side of a regular sponge. The other side is often made of a jute cloth that replaces the abrasive side for scouring and removing stubborn stains. You can reuse your washable sponge for an average of 1 year by washing it every week. To wash them, simply put them in the washing machine (washing machine or sometimes dishwasher) and they will be completely clean again.

If you have already created your tawashi (CONGRATS!) and you can’t get rid of the stains that are embedded in it, because there is no “scratchy” side, you can use eggshells. Collect your eggshells, clean them well, grind them with a mortar or blender. Simply sprinkle this preparation on the utensil with the stain. Scrub with your tawashi. The stain is gone in a flash! It’s really amazing. This technique can also be used to clean your oven or microwave, for example. Technique validated by Margaux, your sweet talker 🙂

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5. Save money

We play our last card. If you follow the rule of changing your classic sponge every week, it will cost you between 25 and 40€ per year (depending on the sponges you buy). A washable sponge, on the other hand, will cost you 8,50€ and you will keep it for about 1 year. The washable sponge will allow you to wash your dishes and all your surfaces. We still recommend having a sponge for each surface 😉

By reducing your water consumption, by using 2 basins to wash your dishes or by choosing the right washing mode in your dishwasher, your water bill will drop considerably. And by using cold water, your electricity or gas bill will also be reduced.

Using solid dish soap will also reduce your costs. Generally, a sponge rub on the cake dish will be enough to do all your washing up. With washing-up liquid, you either use too much (which is wasteful) or not enough (which means that you have to use more every two washes).

To conclude, do your eco friendly dishes has benefits in many ways. It is much more eco-friendly by leaving plastic behind and polluting the water less. It respects your skin and your health by reducing bacteria and offering natural ingredients that won’t harm you 🙂 And finally, it saves money.

No more doubts, go for it! We look forward to hearing from you at hello@another-way.com or on our social networks 🙂

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