Hello Ambitious Fam! Welcome to the last installment of my Earth Week Product Spotlights. In this series, I have highlighted a few eco-friendly products that I have tried (and loved!) over the past few months. So far we have discussed the pros and cons of switching to a 100% compostable phone case and a 100% plant-based dish sponge. These reviews have not been sponsored, I’ve just been giving my opinion about sustainability switch options!
Dropps: Plastic-Free Detergent Pods
Today, I am sharing the deets about plant-powered, plastic-free detergent pods! Dropps is an eco-friendly company that produces both laundry and dish detergent pods that are available a la carte or with their subscription service (y’all know I love a good subscription service). My friend Megan actually shared this company with me and let me try a few of her pods before I decided to purchase some for myself!
What makes this company so great? As the 2017 EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year, Dropps has been praised for both its product manufacturing protocols as well as the human and environmental safety of its actual products. The company also boasts carbon neutral shipping of its zero-waste packaging. The laundry solution itself is biodegradable and is made with plant-powered ingredients that are free of dyes, chlorine, enzymes, or phosphates and encased in a plastic-free, water-soluble membrane of polyvinyl alcohol. In addition, the pods are cruelty-free and vegan! Dropps also offers scent boosters, odor and stain defenses, and sensitive skin options.
This was actually my first time owning detergent pods! Typically I use a bottled, sports detergent (because…gym clothes). Below are a few of my thoughts about the switch to Dropps laundry detergent pods.
Why didn’t I switch to detergent pods sooner!? I don’t have in-unit laundry, so it was a thousand times easier to bring a pod or two with me to the laundry room versus juggling a heavy plastic jug with my clothes. I enjoyed that the Dropps pods left my clothes with a light, but clean scent. My clothing appeared to be clean and I did not notice any residue on the clothing or in the washer.
The light scent could be a con some, but I actually like it! I did try a couple of loads with the scent boosters, and the clothing still had a very light fragrance. If you’re attached to that strong laundry smell, then these might not be for you. Several people also warn that they are a potential ingestion hazard for those who have small children or pets. Dropps are not individually wrapped, so there would be little in the way of consuming it. So definitely keep them out of reach from potential munchers.
The only aspect of laundry pod use that gave me pause was that there is a slight controversy about whether detergent pods are actually as eco-friendly as they claim. While detergent pods cut back on plastic packaging and Dropps don’t use any plastic in their packaging at all, there are claims that the water-soluble casing breaks down into vinyl acetate. Some say that this monomer can be harmful to aquatic life. However, most laundry pod companies (including Dropps, Cleancult, and even Tide) argue that common micro-organisms further break the alcohol down into water and carbon dioxide, making it safe for both humans and marine life. Personally, I will continue to use pods.
I opted for the single subscription wash plan of sensitive skin pods (even though the normal ones did not cause breakout) for $19.60. This plan provides me with 64 loads of laundry which is refilled every 4 months. I just love the ease of subscription services! Want to try it out for yourself? Click here for $10 off your first subscription order!