With the encouragement of my son, I finally did something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time: I gave up my kitchen sponge. That may seem like no big deal, but breaking lifetime habits is hard. I’ve been listening to all the talk about just how scungy sponges are and how they harbor germs, but instead of giving up my favored method of dish washing, I just replaced my sponges regularly.
Yeah. Not exactly environmentally friendly.
Not only do kitchen sponges come wrapped in plastic, but the process of making a synthetic sponge requires the use of chemical softeners and bleaching agents. I suppose I could have switched over to a natural sponge, but those seemed clunky to me.
We’re now using dishcloths. It’s taken some getting used to, but I like that I can wash the dishcloths regularly without wearing them out. Plus, dishcloths generally come with less packaging than sponges and there are even organic cotton options available. And someday, I may even take up crocheting again so I can make my own.
What long-time habit are you having trouble breaking? Does it impact your ability to live a more sustainable life?
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