What Are Eco-Friendly Household Supplies & Why Are They Needed?

Eco-friendly household products are household supplies that have been created with our planet in mind. From plant-based biodegradable household cleaners to recycled paper towels, sustainable household supplies are designed to be as ecologically responsible as possible. 

So what’s the problem with regular household supplies? 

Many conventional household supplies are made with chemicals that are toxic to the environment. These chemicals can…

  • Pollute water supplies when washed away which harms aquatic life and causes problems at water treatment plants. Some chemical particles persist and end up in the food chain after being ingested by fish. 
  • Contribute to air pollution when sprayed which affects air quality in the home and adds to city smog formation. These airborne chemical particles are not exactly our lungs’ best friends. 

Non eco-friendly household products are usually packaged in non-recyclable plastic which ends up in landfill. Conventional paper household supplies such as toilet paper and kitchen towels also contribute to deforestation

Let’s take a look at some of the alternatives! 

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products 

Eco-friendly cleaning products and household supplies are made with renewable, plant-based and biodegradable formulas. This means that instead of causing water pollution, they harmlessly biodegrade when washed away. Sustainable household cleaners are also more gentle on the skin and don’t release toxic chemicals into the air. 

Recycled Paper Towels 

Paper household supplies are an everyday necessity, but with deforestation as a major source of climate chaos, we say the only way is tree-free. Choose 100% recycled facial tissues and sustainable bamboo toilet tissue

Natural Sponges & Cleaning Cloths 

Ditch synthetic cloths and sponges which hang around in landfill for our amazing range of natural alternatives to household supplies. Made from the loofah plant, LoofCo has a fantastic collection of compostable cleaning pads, washing-up pads and bathroom cleaning pads for all your scrubbing and wiping needs! 

Why Choose Eco-Friendly Household Products?

There are tons of reasons to make the switch to sustainable household supplies and natural household products. Let’s take a look at just a few… 

  • Cruelty-free: Here at PlantX, this is a prerequisite but we thought we’d remind you anyway! Of course, all the plant-based household products and natural household supplies we sell are 100% cruelty-free. That means they don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients and our household supplies are never ever tested on animals at any stage of production. Next! 
  • Better for the planet: This one is a no-brainer. Eco-friendly household products are designed to minimise negative impact on the environment. These household supplies use fewer resources to produce, they are free from toxic pollutants and are often made from recyclable or renewable materials. 
  • Better for your health: Sustainable household products are free from the chemicals that may affect your respiratory health or aggravate skin conditions. 
  • Cost-effective: While plant-based household products might be a little more expensive, they don’t cost the earth. We’d say that’s worth an extra dollar or two. 
  • Convenient: When you buy household supplies online right here at PlantX, they arrive straight to your door. That means you can stock up and get a whole lot of tasty vegan food while you’re at it, saving multiple trips to the store and heavy grocery bags!

What Swaps Can I Make For a More Eco-Friendly Household?

The first thing to remember when trying to make your household supplies more sustainable is that it’s not all or nothing. Don’t try to change everything at once and feel overwhelmed. Make sensible swaps in a way that feels sustainable for you. 

Here at PlantX, we have all the eco-friendly household products you need to start showing up for the planet. Simply changing up your toilet paper, cleaning supplies and candles is a great place to start. Then you can take it from there! 

Plus, when you buy household supplies online with PlantX, you can rest assured that we’ve done the research for you. No more squinting at ingredients lists - just choose which plant-based household products you need and you can be sure that it’ll be a great swap for your home and for the planet! 

Eco-Friendly Household Products - Top Picks 

Method - Daily Shower Cleaner Passion Fruit

Made with non-toxic plant-based ingredients, this natural shower cleaner is designed to remove and prevent soap scum, limescale, and watermarks. With a tropical passion fruit scent, this eco-friendly household product will leave your bathroom smelling fresh and fruity. 

LoofCo - Loofah Bathroom Cleaning Pad

Say goodbye to scratchy plastic sponges with this all-natural, compostable cleaning pad. Made from natural loofah plant fibres, this bathroom cleaning pad is perfect for those stubborn stains as well as lighter cleaning. And, when you’re finished with it, simply pop it in the compost to biodegrade! 

Ecoleaf - Toilet Cleaner

Made with plant-derived ingredients, this sustainable toilet cleaner is 100% free from harsh chemicals. Just squirt into your toilet bowl, give it a good scrub with your toilet brush and flush for a sparkling clean and fresh-smelling toilet. 

The Cheeky Panda - Antibacterial Bamboo Multi-Surface Wipes

These antibacterial multi-surface wipes are 100% biodegradable and made with sustainable bamboo. Use these convenient wipes to clean, disinfect and deodorise, at home or on the go. Plus, they’re hypoallergenic, meaning you can rest assured that they are safe for you and your family. 

Sodasan - Oxygen Bleach

Free from enzymes, chlorine releasing agents, and preservatives, meet a new kind of bleaching agent. Not only is it unscented and cruelty-free, it’s also carbon neutral. Remove tough stains like red wine and coffee and keep whites whiter than white with this effective eco-friendly laundry product. 

Ecozone - Wood Furniture Polish Almond

With an orchard-fresh almond scent, this plant-based polish is designed to leave wood furniture shiny, polished and streak-free. It conditions and protects wood in no-time!

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Do Eco-Friendly Household Products Really Work?

While they may not contain the chemicals you might be used to cleaning with, eco-friendly household products really work - we promise! Sustainable brands know that customers won’t continue to use household items that don’t perform as well as their chemical-based competitors. That’s why all eco-friendly household products are thoroughly tested to ensure they are just as effective as traditional cleaning products. 

Just make sure you carefully follow the instructions of your plant-based household products. If it says ‘Leave for 5 minutes before wiping off’, be sure to leave for the full amount of time to allow the product to do its job. 

Are Sustainable Household Products Pet Safe?

Most eco-friendly household products are pet-friendly as well. This is because they are free from the harsh chemicals such as bleach that can be toxic to both humans and their pets. 

In our household supplies collection, we’ve even got an environmentally-friendly AND pet-friendly all-purpose sanitiser spray, perfect for tackling messes left behind by your furry friends. We also have non-aerosol room fresheners made with natural essential oils to help keep your home smelling fresh and pet funk-free! 

Why Are Eco-Friendly Products More Expensive?

It is true that eco-friendly household products are generally more expensive than regular household supplies. This is because sustainable household products must be 100% free from cheap toxic chemicals. The lower demand and higher production costs for these items also drives up the price (meaning the more people buy them, the cheaper they’ll become!).

Remember, you don’t need to switch up your household supplies to be eco-friendly all at once. Slowly make the changes in a way that your household can afford. Every extra penny you spend to ensure your household items aren’t contributing to pollution and climate chaos is a penny that isn’t costing the earth! 

Are Eco-Friendly Household Products Better for Sensitive Skin? 

Many eco-friendly household products are specially designed for sensitive skin. They are also free from the harsh chemicals found in regular household supplies that are known to irritate skin conditions. 

If sensitive skin is a concern for you, look out for household items described as fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, or recommended by dermatologists. We’ve got plenty to choose from.