If you love the convenience of a disposable wipe but have a twinge of green guilt every time you toss one in the trash, we've got some great news. There's a new product on the market that will tackle messes without messing up the planet.
Ode to Clean is the first product from biotech company Solugen, which figured out a way to make hydrogen peroxide (a safe and effective cleaner) without the dangerous, petroleum-based processes of the past. They call the resulting cleaner—made with an "ultra pure", energy efficient process from sugar sources—Bioperoxide, and it's the basis of their biodegradable wipes.
Since we hold on to sponges too long and towels need to be washed more often than you think, there's a case for single use products when gross messes are involved. But there's often a lot of waste involved:
"Wipes are incredibly energy intensive to produce and create a lot of waste, but are also incredibly convenient to use," said CTO Dr. Sean Hunt in a press release. "In fact, we could drive from the Earth to the moon and back 18,000 times with the petroleum used to make the cleaning wipes Americans use every year. It made sense that we'd want to tackle this category first, creating wipes that are not only convenient and effective, but that consumers can feel good about using."
Since Ode to Clean wipes are made from just plant starch and water, they're totally compostable. They also don't emit toxic fumes or leave behind a toxic residue on surfaces.
Ode to Clean launched today, and a starter kit with 110 wipes is available for $18.