The bamboo eco wipes are made in China from FSC Certified Chinese bamboo. China has a well acknoweledged certification standard called Guobiao (GB for short) and these standards are issued by the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) which is the Chinese National Committee of the ISO and IEC.
Our test report is approved for GB/T 19277.1-2001 Measurement of Final Aerobic
Bio-decomposition Capacity of Materials under Controlled Composting Conditions Released Carbon Dioxide was Measured Section I: General Method.
The report found composting took 49 days.
Below are a few photos from the report showing how our bamboo fibres break down:
Figure 5 Photo of T150411-01 before Test
Figure 6 Photo of T150411-01 on the 45th day of test
There are two ways to see this:
1. Stains: Yes you can wash in cold water – as with your clothing it gets cleaned to the same degree you’d get stains of your clothes when washing in cold water. For some stains it’s fine, for others they won’t budge in cold water.
2. There is absolutely no harm to the bamboo cloth itself from being washed in cold water, it’s merely a good means to get the stains out. Bacteria: as the rolls will be used in areas with more bacteria and germs than for instance your clothing, the bamboo sheets will get more bacteria on them. It does take hot water to get rid of some bacteria and germs. Bacteria and germs themselves are a whole other discussion and people have different opinions on this, so I will not get too much into this, but IF you are of the believe that bacteria and germs are a necessary part of life then the cold water should do fine, but we just will not official recommend this. There would be a few footnotes to add such as (but not fully inclusive): meat juices harvesting dangerous bacteria, if used as a handkerchief for someone who’s sick, and so forth. Those examples could be dangerous for some people’s health if the cloths are washed “properly” and so we have to recommend washing in warmer water to reduce any risks.
a. How does the Eco Cloth fight bacteria?
Whether or not the eco cloths fight bacteria has been the subject of several conversations. Studies have shown that products using natural materials are less likely to be breeding grounds for bacteria.
Dean Cliver, a professor of food safety at the University of California, found in a study he conducted, that cellulose in wood (which is the base of our Eco cloths) absorbs bacteria but will not release it. ”We’ve never been able to get the bacteria down in the wood back up on the knife to contaminate food later,” he said. Plastic which can be found in synthetic cloths absorbs bacteria in a different way. ”When a knife cuts into the plastic surface, little cracks radiate out from the cut,” Professor Cliver said. The bacteria, he said, ”seem to get down in those knife cuts and they hang out, and they could hang around for weeks.”
Made from wood pulp and cotton, moisture-loving bacteria are less likely to breed on eco cloths . They are very thin they dry more quickly than your normal cotton cloth. Also as the backside is white it shows dirt quicker and will probably get washed more often to keep them from looking dirty. Washing the eco cloth is super easy. Put it in the dishwasher or put in the microwave (wet!) as steam will kill the bacteria.
Lack of Odour in Eco Cloths
One other supportive evidence of less bacteria is the lack of odour in the eco cloth. Smell originates from the compound produced by the bacterium’s metabolism. It eats fat. It excretes fat. And that fatty excrement stinks. The eco cloth’s lack of smelly rag odours is evidence that less bacteria harvest and grow in our cloths.
One a different note, if you look at fighting bacteria from simply replacing and using new cloths more often, there a few considerations for this too.
Looking at how to fight bacteria in dish cloths in general, the discussion in the past has always been a toss-up between hygiene (throwing them out) vs. sustainable environment (too much landfill). Many experts on the standard synthetic dish cloth advice to throw it out every week, or use paper towels. Paper towels might be clean, but not exactly sustainable. more than 13 billion pounds of paper towels are used in the United States every year—that’s a lot of trees! In the end, these types of paper products account for more than one-quarter of all landfill waste. Then add to that all the synthetic cloths going into this too.
The eco cloths do carry less bacteria as discussed above, and even if you do choose to throw them out more frequently, you can do that guilt-free as they fully compost in your home garden.
So the old argument of hygiene vs. environment is no longer relevant if you use the eco cloths.
b. What’s the best way to clean the eco cloth for dirt?
You can put the eco cloth in the dishwasher on the top rack with the cups, or a washing machine will do too. Just make sure it’s on 60 C degrees to fight germs and bacteria too.
Some customers have told us they dip the cloth for 15-20 secs in bleach to take out stains. We can’t endorse that as bleach can create damage to the cloth.
c. What’s the best way to get bacteria out of the cloth
The Dishwasher and washing machine will kill most bacteria (if done on 60 C degrees). The most effective way though is the microwave. WET your cloth and put into to your microwave for 90 secs. The microwave and the heat created kills almost all germs and bacteria present in the cloth.
Natural solutions such as vinegar or boiling water has proven to not be very effective when it comes to killing germs and bacteria.
d. Can I buy you products online?
We are working on an online solution at the moment. Until then, please see our list of stockists here which includes a few online stockists too who will ship our products to you.
This process is completed in Switzerland and is a rotting test in Microbial Active Soil. After 8 weeks the sample has almost completely disappeared and about 80% of the product dissolved into the soil.
Many have made the switch from traditional sponges and paper towels to the eco cloth after discovering how it is safer for them and their family. The eco cloth contains none of the harmful petroleum laced plastics composing traditional sponges as it is made from wood pulp and cotton. It dries fast so it does not smell and does not become home to bacteria. It is cost efficient and eco-friendly as one eco cloth can replace up to 15 rolls of paper towels. The eco cloths are eco-friendly because they reduce the use of cleaning products and the use of paper towels or other disposables, thoroughly eradicates dust, allergens and bacteria.
Do Eco Cloths smell bad? Upon first introduction of the Eco Cloth to liquid, you may detect a scent which is due to the properties composing the eco cloth (wood pulp and cotton) however after the first ring with water the scent should vanish and no longer be present after use.
As eco cloths are made of natural ingredients they dry fast and as such do make become a breeding ground for bacteria. Sponges on the other hand are made with petroleum-based materials which do not dry fast at all making them the hotspot for bacterial activity which produces the smell.
Our eco cloths are very easy to use. Usually you can rinse it out with soap and water and let it air dry. You can also simply pop dirty cloths on the top rack of your dishwasher or put it in the washing machine for one spin cycle at 60 C degrees. It can also be cleaned by boiling cloth in a basin of hot water.
The many uses of the eco cloth has convinced consumers to make the switch. Our eco cloth can be used for kitchen cleaning and for anywhere in the house, wipe down everything (and everyone) with these lint and streak-free cloths. Use it to keep your work screen clean – this cloth leaves not lint or streaks. You can use it for cleaning your car, boat, your bike and just about anything you have in the house that needs cleaning. The cloth can be thrown into your garden to decompose or you can use it for your seedlings.
In a separate blog post we have listed down the many ways the eco cloth can be incorporated into your life. Have a look at that post here.
Eco Cloths are made from natural ingredients (wood pulp and cotton) which will decompose when you dispose of the eco cloth. As it is made of all natural materials, there will be no traces of it that could cause damage to the planet.
Microfibre cloths are made from very small fibres, oftentimes a blend of polyester and polyamide or nylon. In short, these cloths are made of tiny plastic fibres that would end up going down the drain and into our waterways and oceans. These plastic fibres which do not decompose end up being ingested by marine creatures such as fish and shellfish which can then be transferred back to us when we consume seafood.
Eco Cloths are the eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic laden kitchen sponge. They are made from natural fibres namely wood pulp and cotton and completely decompose once you are done with them. The resulting cloth is extremely absorbent and so strong. The eco cloth can absorb the equivalent of 15 paper towels weight in liquid; then quickly release it the liquid with a quick wring out. Better for you and for the environment too. The cloths are machine washable – just pop dirty cloths on the top rack of your dishwasher – the natural fibers mean they’ll dry quickly too. They are strong and durable to use again and again for 6 to 9 months. They are also super easy to wash, just pop them in the dishwasher or put in the microwave (wet!) as steam will kill the bacteria.
The Eco Cloths are available at select New World Supermarkets in the North and South Islands, various local organic stores and bulk good stores. Be sure to grab a pack of this nifty eco-saver the next time you shop for cleaning cloths. For a complete list of our stockist click here.