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How Eco-Friendly Choices Can Help Save the Planet (and Save You Money)

There is a common misconception that when you try to be more eco friendly, it’s going to end up costing you much more than your existing lifestyle. The truth is that it may actually be the opposite! Many eco-friendly choices can also be budget-friendly choices. They happily go hand in hand. We’ll dive into why making eco-friendly choices is important, offer some ideas for easy changes that make a big difference, and how much that can all cost (and save) you.

Small Changes, Big Impact

Walking down the laundry detergent aisle at your local grocery store can be plastic central. Everywhere you turn, there are bulky and colorful plastic containers and jugs demanding your attention and your money. Not only are these containers inconvenient to carry home and store once they’re in your laundry room, but they’re also incredibly harmful for the environment and contribute to a large portion of our household plastic pollution. 

You may have heard this before, but we'll say it again because it matters. Our planet faces a massive and growing threat from something we all encounter everyday: plastics. An estimated 17.6 billion pounds of plastic leaks into the marine environment from land-based sources every year—this is roughly equivalent to dumping a garbage truck full of plastic into the oceans every minute, according to Oceana.

 

Of the staggering 300 million tons of plastic we use every year, over half of it is created for single-use. Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. About 12% has been incinerated, while the rest — 79% — has accumulated in landfills, dumps or the natural environment.

And those high density polyethylene plastic jugs used for laundry jugs? A shocking 68% of those are not properly recycled after being used. 

So What Can We Do? 

Being environmentally conscious is about making everyday choices that will make a large impact over time. An easy and obvious place to start is by reducing the amount of trash we create in the first place (goodbye, plastic laundry jugs!).

Dropps is a solution for making laundry day more eco-friendly. Our packaging is designed with the intention of reducing single-use plastic. Our detergent pods are shipped directly to your door in recyclable, compostable, and repulpable boxes. Our packaging also doubles as the shipping container, so there is no excess waste. So far, we’ve helped to keep over 2.5 million single-use plastic containers from ever being created, and thus, ending up as waste in our environment.

 

Let's Break Down the Cost Savings

Clearly, it's important to make eco-friendly choices as a consumer when and where you can. But how much will that cost? We'll break it down for both laundry and dishes.

Laundry Detergent

The average cost of laundry detergent runs around 21 cents per load, based on the unit does (the amount recommended in usage instructions). But the reality is that many people use more than the “unit dose” recommended on the detergent bottles. The cost per load advertised on liquid detergent is based on the bottom line in a detergent lid cup. We find that most people use the full cap, which is 3X the advertised price! That could bring you up to over 63 cents per load.

 

Dropps Pods: Small Package, Big Results

 

With Dropps, you only ever need one pod per load, even when you’re doing laundry for the whole house! Here's a breakdown of some of our most popular laundry detergents:

1. Dropps Stain & Odor Detergent, our best detergent for everyday deep cleaning and longlasting freshness, costs 23 cents per load with a subscription, or 31 cents without.
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2. Dropps Active Wash Detergent, designed to get rid of permastink and help maintain active wear, costs 37 cents per load with a subscription, or 50 cents without.
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3. Dropps Sensitive Skin & Baby Detergent, for sensitive skin, delicates, and natural fibers, costs 21 cents per load with a subscription, or 27.5 cents without.

     

    Dropps Stain & Odor Detergent, our best detergent for everyday deep cleaning, costs 23 cents per load with a subscription

     

    Laundry Accessories: Dryer Balls

    Based on the average of 3 leading brand’s dryer sheet costs, one load of drying laundry with a dryer sheet costs between 9 and 10 cents. That’s not much, until you think about how many loads you’ll be doing in the future. Take 10,000 loads, for example (which just so happens to be how many times you can reuse Dropps XL Wool Dryer Balls). How much would that cost you then?

    The average of 3 leading brand's dryer sheets: $996 for 10,000 loads.
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    Dropps Reusable Dryer Balls: $29 for 10,000 loads.

     

    Dishwasher Detergent

    Based on the average of 3 leading brand’s dish detergent costs, running one load of dishes with detergent costs 37 cents. With Dropps Dishwasher Detergent pods, a load costs just 21 cents per load with a subscription, or 28 cents cents without. That's over a 24% cost savings!

     

    Dropps Dishwasher Detergent pods cost just 21 cents per load with a subscription,

     

    Dish Accessories: Dish Towels

    According to some market-research data, global spending on paper towels for use at home (but not in office or public bathrooms) added up to about $12 billion in 2017, and Americans accounted for about $5.7 billion of that total. In other words, the U.S. spends nearly as much on paper towels as every other country in the world combined.

    What about a reusable option? Reusable options can help save resources used to produce and ship these products, single-use plastic film used to wrap them, and paper towels themselves.

    Dropps Swedish Dish Cloths cost $12.00 with a subscription, or $16.00 without one. As a pack of three, they cost just $3-4 each! This reusable, eco paper towel alternative is a great option to cut down on the steep cost of paper towels while saving waste at the same time.

     

    How Much Plastic Will I Save?

    While many people are saving money by switching to eco-friendly products, Dropps customers are also helping to save over 2,500,000 plastic bottles and containers from ever being created! How many plastic bottles you could save from consuming by switching to Dropps depends on a few things

    1. Whether you’re currently using liquid or pod detergent
    2. What quantity you buy in (usually, buying in bulk can cut down on plastic packaging quantities, while buying in smaller quantities requires more packaging)
    3. How often you run laundry

     

    While there are a few factors that impact how many single-use plastic containers you consume over time, one thing’s for sure. You can cut out 100% of the plastic bottles, plastic films, and plastic containers that you would be consuming with laundry detergents, dish detergents, dryer sheets, and paper towels by making the switch to Dropps!

      

    Other B.S.* Savings (*Bad Stuff)

    It’s no secret that what we buy and sell in stores and online produces lots of waste along the way. In the laundry industry, it’s no different. Many laundry products are shipped in large plastic jugs of mostly water. Diluting laundry detergent not only means the dosage is larger on the consumer’s end, but also that it weighs more, and thus produces a larger carbon footprint, than products that are less diluted with water, and thus, weigh less.

    From the moment plastic is created, its negative impact on the environment begins. Before it's purchased, plastics in the laundry industry go through oil extraction, plastic formulation, shipping to multiple factories for processing, manufacturing and packaging, shipping to yet another factory that specializes in filling with the laundry detergent, and then they’re finally off to the shelves where we see them in the grocery stores. 

    That's a lot of energy put into plastic production, and doesn't account for the energy used after a plastic product is used (and disposed of).

    But, here's the good news. You can help cut back on all of that by making the simple switch to Dropps.

    Every Dropps Counts

    Everyone can make a difference, particularly when smart environmental choices become a habit and perhaps even begins influencing others into taking similar actions. Take it one step at a time and remember: every Dropps counts. 

     

    References: 

    https://www.epa.gov/facts-and-figures-about-materials-waste-and-recycling/containers-and-packaging-product-specific-data#PlasticC&P 

    https://www.dropps.com/blogs/spincycle/the-life-cycle-of-plastic-laundry-detergent-jugs

    https://oceana.org/our-campaigns/plastics 

    https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/12/paper-towels-us-use-consume/577672/

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