It is my passion to talk about products that can help you live a life with less plastic. There are so many areas in our life that create plastic waste and impact our environment and laundry is a big part of it. I have long disliked all the plastic bottles in our laundry room and have wanted to find an alternative to traditional laundry detergent. In one of my previous posts, I talked about how I finally found an alternative that I wanted to try out, Tru Earth Laundry Detergent. At that time I hadn’t actually tried it myself, but now that I have used it for a few weeks, I would like to share with you my honest review.
Product: Tru Earth Laundry Detergent
Place to Buy: https://www.tru.earth
Different Sizes and Prices:
My Rating: 9/10
What are Tru Earth Eco Strips Laundry Detergent?
Tru Earth Laundry Detergent consists of thin, individual strips rather than powder or liquid. They are pre-measured, ultra -concentrated, hypoallergenic and ecofriendly. You toss one strip per load into the washing machine and during the cycle the strip dissolves completely without any mess. Its formula works in all kinds of washing machines including high efficiency ones. Personally I am always curious about the exact ingredients of a product, so I am going to share with you what I found. All ingredients are plant derived:
- Vegetable Glycerin: plant-derived softener
- Starch: plant-derived biodegradability booster
- PVA: biodegradable supporting matrix
- Potassium Sorbate: Food grade preservative
- Light Mineral Oil: Used in manufacturing as a processing aid. (not an active product ingredient)
- Cocamido propyl betaine: coconut oil based, biodegradable amphoteric surfactant (cleaning agent) and foam booster
- Sodium Gluconate: plant-derived and food-grade, biodegradable water softener that prevents soil from resettling on fabric after it has been removed during washing
- Lauryl dimethyl amine oxide: plant-derived, biodegradable non-ionic surfactant (cleaning agent) and foam stabilizer
- Sulfonic acids, C14-16-alkane hydroxy and C14-16-alkene, sodium salts: biodegradable surfactant (cleaning agent)
- Glycereth cocoate: plant derived and food grade, biodegradable water softener
- Caprylyl Glucoside, Octyl Glucoside: non-ionic surfactants (cleaning agents)
- Fragrance oil blend (not used in Fragrance Free): natural essential oils and synthetic ingredients
- Residual Water
Tru Earth Laundry Strips are hypoallergenic, vegan and safe for the entire family. It includes the following product certifications: It is free of Paraben, phospate, dyes and chlorine bleach and biodegradable. Are you intrigued yet?
In addition, Tru Earth offers three different options strips: fragrance free, fresh linen scent and baby (which is specifially formulated for baby clothes).
There are a lot of great things I can say about this product. I love how simple it is. You tear off a strip, put it into the laundry machine, add the dirty laundry and start the cycle, no mess, no anything.
The strips come in a cardboard sleeve that is plastic free and compostable and doesn’t take any space away. It is so light that you can even take it on trips without any spills or messes.
Per year, North Americans do about 30 billion loads of laundry. Here is a comparison between traditional laundry detergent and Tru Earth Laundry strips. One load worth of laundry detergent weighs in at about 40 grams, whereas Tru Earth Laundry strips weigh less than 3 grams. Just think about that! No more heavy, plastic laundry jugs to truck around and deliver to stores. If everyone switched to using laundry strips, it could eliminate one billion plastic jugs and save truck fuel and CO2 that would be equal to planting nine million trees. Are you amazed yet? I certainly was when I read those numbers.
Tru Earth Laundry Strips clean just as well as any detergent I have ever used. Since I prefer to buy natural and biodegradable laundry detergent, I cannot compare the effectiveness of these strips to very common laundry and possibly harsher detergents. For tough stains, I have always used an additional stain remover, and that’t the case with this product as well. But overall, the laundry comes out perfectly clean.
I am having a hard time coming up with cons here, but I would say that, depending on what kind of laundry detergent you use, the price point is certainly a con. Amazon has some options available that are slightly cheaper, but I think the cheapest option by far is buying a 1 year supply/385 loads for $109. If you purchase it this way, it will automatically be delivered to you once a year. I believe this is a very good deal considering all the other benefits and points I outlined above.
When it comes to green living, I have a general concern about all the green alternatives being too expensive for a lot of people. I worry that caring for our environment is becoming something that only certain people will or can do.
I hope that healthier and sustainable options in any area will become more affordable and accessible for anyone, because it is only through affordability and education that we can truly make a big impact.
I personally would love to see people use alternatives to traditional laundry detergent and I think this is a great option. I personally love using it. The customer reviews that you can find on their website are excellent.
Something I want to point out is that Tru Earth not only offers yearly free delivery, but also bi-monthly, quarterly and semi-annual. However, the once a year option is the most cost effective.
Tru Earth also offers other products besides laundry strips like wool dryer balls (which I can also highly recommend), stainless steel straws, removable make up pads, reusable cotton mesh produce bags and beeswax food wraps.
Any company that offers products good for people and the planet is worth supporting!
I hope you enjoyed this review and I especially hope that I peeked your interest in trying this product. You can always start out with the $9.95 small one to see if it works for you.
As always, please let me know your thoughts and questions in the comment section. Do you know of any other plastic free laundry detergents worth checking out?
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