When the publicist contacted me about reviewing environmentally-friendly Scotch-Brite sponges, I almost laughed. But since I happen to already use that brand, I figured why not?
Besides, when I was a boy, my dad WORKED for 3M, the makers of Scotch-Brite. Dad would often bring home cool electronic toys before they were cool. I was like 7 at the time.
My wife and I put two of the products through their paces: the soap-loaded scrubber and the non-scratch scrub sponge. My wife fell in immediate love with the scrubber, because she was able to scrape off scum that had built up on her non-stick pan. Why food sticks to our nonstick pan is a mystery to me. (And yes, we received this pan as a wedding gift before we knew that nonstick is bad for everything.)
Since I use non-scratch sponges to clean just about everything – don’t worry, I keep bathroom ones separate from kitchen ones – I was happy to use something made from mostly renewable products such as paper and agave. The tan sponges work pretty much the same as the old blue stand-bys.
The only negative is longevity. After a few weeks of use, the renewable sponges are disintegrating faster than the conventional non-scratch sponges.
Still, I’d rather be using a recycled product rather than one made fresh from petroleum or other non-renewable materials.