Rob Greenfield, U.S. Cross Country Cyclist Reviews the SmartKlean Laundry Ball

September 25, 2014 at 7:57 pm 1 comment

Rob Greenfield
 is an environmental activist and adventurer that cycles thousands of miles across the US promoting sustainable living and doing good. SmartKlean sent him a laundry ball to test on his travels. Check out what he had to say about detergents and our product!

“I bet you’ve never thought about laundry detergent caps.  I hadn’t either until I found all of these in the basement of one suburban American home.  I was pretty blown away so I decided to get to the bottom of this.  I found that the average American family uses 13 bottles of detergent per year.  This pile you see has about 250 caps in it so it took about 20 years for one average family to generate it.

Thinking a little deeper I wondered how many caps are used in America each year.   There are 115 million households in America, which means that’s nearly 1.5 billion caps!  End to end one years worth of Americas caps could line the equator nearly three times!  That’s just the caps though.  Imagine how much space all of the bottles would take up!

Between detergent, bleach, and softener the average family of four spends close to $700.  That doesn’t take into account the water and electricity costs. That’s a boatload of money!
And there is a huge environmental cost as well.  Detergent is toxic to aquatic organisms and algae, doesn’t break down readily in the environment, and causes eutrophication of fresh water which means huge algae blooms.  There’s lake I used to swim in as a kid that have basically turned into lawns because there are so many weeds growing (this is more due to fertilizer run off from industrial farming but it’s in the same realm).The average American families carbon footprint simply for the usage of detergent is about 600 pounds per year, which is equivalent to 600 miles of driving the average car.  That’s the carbon equivalent of 23 million car rides across America!  That obviously has a huge toll on the environment.

There is a huge concern for human health as well!  Detergent has been linked to health problems including cancer!  Think of it this way.  If you wouldn’t put it in your body you shouldn’t put it on your body.  Your skin absorbs liquids that you put on it and there is of course soap residue on your clothes.  Your body has a natural balance of bacteria and moisture that protects you and detergent can easily throw that off.
The smell of fresh laundry done with name brand toxic detergent used to turn me on but after all that I’ve learned about it it now makes me sick.

But there is a solution!

The SmartKlean Laundry Ball.
This ball completely replaces the need for detergent, softener, and dryer sheets!

It’s economical.
You’ll save a ton of money, as this thing is good for 365 loads of laundry. With my minimal laundry needs this would last me at least 10 years!
It’s people friendly.
The active components inside the ball are derived from Earth minerals and leave zero residues behind. No need to worry about chemicals on your skin!
It’s earth friendly. 
It leaves no trace in our aquatic ecosystems like detergent does. It also reduces packaging waste and energy consumption from recycling bottles. Once you’re done with the ball the ceramics inside are even biodegradable and you can recycle the ball.

And if you’re really wanting to leave minimal impact you can wash your clothes using the SmartKlean and the Scrubba Washbag . The Scrubba is a portable new age washboard that allows you to easily hand wash your clothes at home or on the road.  Using these two awesome products would drastically reduce your impact.  I carry both with me on the road so that I use very little water and electricity to do my laundry.  If I don’t use this I try to combine my clothes into someone else’s load.

But remember to protect our water.  Don’t wash your clothes with this combo in a natural body of water if you have any detergent on your clothes or you use any chemicals on your body including shampoo, soaps, perfume, etc.  Even biodegradable soap is detrimental to the water you love because it doesn’t readily biodegrade in water.  So only the purest of people could get away with washing in a lake or river.  You could fill up the bag in a natural body of water and wash away from the lake though, dumping the water out into soil where the elements can biodegrade.

Simply put we can all decrease our impact from washing our clothes.  Some other things I do besides wash without detergent are:
-wear my clothes more times between washing them

-own less clothes so that I don’t have as many to wash

-own clothes that don’t have demanding washing instructions
-wash in cold water

-combine with other peoples to make sure I have a full load

-use a Laundromat so that I can share machines with others rather than owning my own.

It starts with you.  These are just a few of the many solutions, what eco-friendly laundry habits do you have? Please share to help your friends live a more earth friendly life!

Addendum: Due to many people commenting about eco-friendly laundry detergent I am adding this. Although eco friendly detergent is a much better choice than chemically derived detergent I believe that a laundry ball (that’s good for 365 loads) is much less harmful to the environment. Here’s why:

-Detergent has to be shipped which uses fossil fuels
-Detergent bottles have to be recycled which is a very energy intensive process
-even eco friendly detergent still has to be removed from the water which is an energy intensive process and the detergent that is removed then has to be disposed of
-Creating the detergent is an energy intensive process and uses resources

I could be wrong but I strongly believe that the laundry ball overall causes much less harm to the environment and will save you money.  Since people have also been asking me, you can purchase a SmartKlean Laundry Ball here.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Buitine Chemija  |  December 18, 2014 at 6:58 am

    It seems that there is no reason not to use this ball for washing laundry, which is environment-friendly, economical and healthy for skin and whole body. I can see only benefits!


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