Eco-friendly cleaning products with recycled packaging for your home

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Refills, recycled and plastic free products (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

Eco cleaning is big business, and any company worth its salt is looking to improve its credentials.

Interestingly, the big problem is not so much ingredients as packaging.

‘Plastic is still the most lightweight means to hold liquid so look for products made from the highest possible percentage of recycled plastic,’ says Lloyd Atkin, managing director of Bio-D, whose products are made from ethically sourced ingredients and use 100% recyclable packaging.

‘Try to ensure there’s a refill available, ideally one which can be sent back for recycling, so that it’s a circular process.’

You can buy five-litre refills, which saves on transportation costs, while concentrates to which you add water are also excellent. Avoid products with a pic of a dead fish on them as these are harmful to marine or aquatic life – and look out for those that are RSPO-registered.

‘This means they’re using sustainable palm oil, an incredibly useful crop if it’s responsibly farmed,’ he says.

Bio-D General Purpose Furniture Polish

A good rub down

This vegan furniture polish is made from plant-based wax and natural oils, and is for use on wood around the home.

It needs a bit of (natural) elbow grease to rub in but creates a fabulous shiny result on the dining room table, and a little goes a very long way. The tin is aluminium.

Buy it for £8 from Bio-D

Nookary Probiotic All-Purpose Cleaner Starter bottle

Surface ethics

Looks like an upmarket glass bath oil bottle and contains 50ml of concentrated formula, to which you add water. 500ml refill pouches are ten whole refills, which is excellent bulk buying. Works on all surfaces and ingredients are biodegradable. Brilliant.

Buy it for £9.50 (refill £15) from Nookary

Method Antibac All-Purpose Refill

Larging it

I buy this all the time. I love the smell, a little goes a long way. It kills 99.9% of viruses with plant basic lactic acid, as well as making the house smell fresh. A 100 per cent recycled plastic bottle.

Buy it for £6 from Method

Ecoegg bamboo towels

Caption: Ecoegg Bamboo Towels
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Rather than kitchen roll, use these soft, reusable towels made from 100 per cent sustainable sources: 90% bamboo fibres and ten per cent PLS corn starch. Each one can be washed and reused up to 85 times.

One of these wipes all my kitchen surfaces, including some disgusting half-dried pancake mixture left by the kids.

Buy it for £7.99 from Ecoegg

Delphis Eco Toilet and Limescale Cleaner

Toilet cleaner

The bottle is labelled as 100% recycled plastic and the cleaner is made from plant-derived and sustainable resources.

More to the point, it cleans the loo and smells delicious, which I’ve never said before about toilet cleaner.

Buy it for £3 from Delphis Eco

Spruce Bathroom Eucalyptus

Super chic

The most impressive-looking bottle in stylish grey-blue, with a small, recyclable paper sachet of active ingredients. Just add water to create half a litre of product. Great.

Buy it for £12 for starter kit (refill £8.50) from Spruce

Wilko Washing Up Liquid

Wash in green

Comes in a 100% recycled bottle and is made from plant-derived ingredients. Has a light citrus smell.

This also has a reassuring picture of a happy-looking fish on the bottle.

Buy it for £1 from Wilko

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