As far as I can remember I first came across Twist cleaning sponges at Blogher 2009 in Chicago. Twist products were freebies given away at that technology conference. Scotch-Brite Greener Clean Products were also featured freebies. Several companies that had a less then reputable past in regards to green products were doing a public relations spin. Some might consider what they were doing as greenwashing. Some might give these companies the benefit of the doubt. Honestly I don’t think Scotch-Brite or many others care about turning over a new leaf. They just see a marketing opportunity and are trying to capitalize on it without giving up their traditional core products. Those products of course are far from green.
We put both companies products to use in our home. I don’t recall any problems with either brand. A choice of which to use comes down to a matter of trust. Honestly when the freebies ran out we didn’t re-purchase either brand. During the Illinois Knox County Scenic Drive ( 2009 ) we came across a vendor making kitchen “sponges” from recycled plastic bags. Two of these were purchased. If I remember correctly we used these for a long time before putting any of the Scotch-Brite freebies to use. Unfortunately Recycled by ME no longer produces the recycled plastic bag kitchen sponge. When dealing with any type of recycled plastic green consumers would most likely have a concern about chemical leeching.
Several companies are making interesting products out of recycled plastics. But leeching is always a concern. My sneakers, toothbrush and razor are made from recycled plastics. While the recycled bag kitchen scrubbers were durable and worked well. They were probably not the best item to clean dishes with when considering heat can cause leeching. So it’s probably a good thing Recycled by ME is no longer producing them.
Our Scotch-Brite freebies wore out ages ago and we needed to find replacement products. I asked my girlfriend to look for green Earth friendly kitchen scrubbers. Interestingly she purchased the Twist products pictured above. At the time I’m not sure she recalled we had received Twist freebies at Blogher years ago.
The Scotch-Brite Greener Clean Products website packaging says all the right things. Their products are described as green, using recycled content and biodegradable. These cleaning products may in fact be all of those. But it comes down to a question of trust. Can you trust a large corporation that hasn’t been known for caring about the environment to produce a safer greener product line?
I’m not able to find a ton of company information on Twist. That makes it hard to compare corporate ethics standards. My opinion is at first glance the Twist product line is greener and should be where you spend your money if that matters to you. Unfortunately many people in the United States and around the World could still care less about what they clean their dishes, kitchen and home with.
Twist cleaning products state on the packaging – Designed in Boulder Colorado Made in Mexico. This isn’t an usual situation nowadays. But something to keep in mind if your looking for Made in the USA.
To save time and water it’s always best to use a dishwasher to clean dishes when possible. Most modern dishwashers use less water than hand washing consumes. This depends on if you are using a traditional faucet aerator or a low flow unit. Our new kitchen faucet aerator is low flow with a shutoff at the nozzle.
A startup from the creators of Izze soda, Twist makes non- toxic, biodegradable sponges. Izze (pronounced IH-zee) is the brand name of a line of carbonated juice drinks produced by the IZZE Beverage Company in Boulder, Colorado, which is owned by PepsiCo.
Here is a great example of a large company with a bad environmental record greenwashing. The article states people aren’t buying green products because they haven’t embraced Clorox Green Works. If I remember correctly Clorox was hyped and represented at Blogher 2009 in Chicago.