Good Question: Compostable Kitchen Sponges?

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Compostable kitchen sponges? This question comes from Sara, who also came up with a great answer!

I go through my sponges so frequently and it seems a really terrible waste to throw them in my landfill trash when sponges can be made naturally. I appeal to you, please, I can't find any sponges that are made of natural ingredients so I can compost them! Help! I can't bear to throw away another!

Or, any other green alternatives? Sponges that are at least made sustainably? Last a long time?

Thanks, Sara

I had written in about compostable kitchen sponges and after searching around here I think I have a good enough answer. I think that Trader Joe's cellulose sponges, since they're 100% vegetable, can be composted. They don't scrub which is unfortunate, but if soaking the dishes enough doesn't work then I'm thinking I could use baking soda or maybe get a dishrag.

If you know of any vegetable scrubbing pads or sponges that would be great; I would think making them out of corn would be really easy (because of corn plastic).

Great question (and answer!) Sara. Here are a couple links to scrubbing pads that are environmentally friendly.

• Try using a washable scrub brush instead of scrubbing pads. This Brush Head is $7.50 at biome. Here's a stainless steel version for $12.50 at Chef's Catalog.

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• Handmade in Paraguay from organic materials, these Vegetable Organic Loofahs may also be just what you need. $20 for a set of four at Green Apple Kitchen.

Any more suggestions for Sara?