1000 Flowers for the Planet - #505 Use a Cotton Mop
There is a lot of choice out there when you go to purchase a simple cleaning tool like a mop, but for several reasons, this Flower suggestion is that you choose a cotton one. Many mops are made from plastic – plastic handles, plastic heads and plastic based sponges on the end. These are not a choice if you want to lead a plastic-free life. One of the newer styles of mop being touted as the best on the market is the new microfiber mop, but microfiber is a plastic based fibre and what happens with microfiber when friction is created is that tiny, tiny balls of plastic rub off the fibre, and these miniscule pieces of plastic go straight into the environment and our water systems where they are ingested by marine life – we then eat fish and consequently we are consuming plastic. We need to avoid this chain reaction. Cotton is a natural fibre and any miniscule fibres that break away from a cotton mop will biodegrade in the environment. This is a much better option for the health of many. At this website: http://plasticisrubbish.com/2009/04/26/freecycle-049/ there is a good article on cotton mops. Make it your considered choice when you need a new mop, and help the environment.