29 Feb '16, 11am

Detergent pods are handy, but I can use them with a clean conscience?

Although I personally can’t look at pods without ranting about this dadgum society and our obsession with single-use products, I have to admit that the basic concept of pods has a couple of things going for it. For one, they’re ultraconcentrated: The detergent in Tide Pods contains only 10 percent water, as opposed to up to 90 percent in some other liquid detergents. Less water means they’re lighter and much more efficient to ship, which dials back their carbon footprint. And for two, pods have the potential to greatly reduce packaging waste. Right now, they usually come corralled in a plastic bag or carton, not unlike your standard liquid formulas. But what if companies packaged them in a roll of stitched-together dissolving pouches, like this grad student’s anti-packaging project suggests? You’d ditch the plastic entirely for a zero-waste laundry day, beating out even re...

Full article: http://grist.org/living/detergent-pods-are-handy-but-i-ca...

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