With such a wide range of eco products on the market which ones should you be investing in? Detergents that are phosphate-free, not animal tested, biodegradable and packaged in recyclable containers should be at the top of your list. Efficiency at 30°C is also worth looking for as these detergents need less energy. You can also save money and even water, if you buy concentrated detergents as millions of litres of water are used to dilute conventional laundry detergents before they get bottled. Here are some of the products rated as most of effective and ‘the best value for money’:
Ecover Non-biological Laundry Liquid this eco-friendly detergent is completely biodegradable and the detergent’s formula has been improved containing a new ingredient made from rapeseed oil, which has resulted in improved washing power thanks to its non-foaming properties. Best for colours and darks.
Ecoleaf Laundry Liquid is manufactured from plant extracts and is 100 per cent biodegradable. Sold in recyclable containers, the non-biological laundry liquid is made in the UK and comes with certification from the Vegan Society and BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection).
Bio D Washing Powder is a non-biological, concentrated powder that can be used for hand washing or automatic and twin tub machines. It’s made from renewable raw materials wherever possible and doesn’t test on animals or include animal by-products. Bio D also has certification from the Vegan Society, Naturewatch Trust, BUAV and the World Wildlife Foundation.
Violet’s Non-Bio Laundry Powder this eco laundry detergent is gorgeously lavender scented, chemical free and based on gentle natural minerals and organic essential oils. Formulated with young children in mind, it works equally well on adult clothing and does a good job at 30 degrees.