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Check out the Natural Home Guide from our friend’s at Vine.com! Find room-by-room tips and product suggestions, so you can create a comfortable, inviting and happy natural home of your own. Use less detergent, less water, and less energy with Dropps in the laundry room!

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Dropps laundry detergent pacs are biodegradable, phosphate-free, enzyme-free, chlorine-free, and safe for septic tanks. The simple switch from giant jug detergent to Dropps laundry detergent pacs immediately shrinks the footprint you leave behind on the
environment by cutting down on water, plastic, packaging and transportation.

Dropps® has teamed up with TerraCycle® to create an innovative recycling solution for its packaging, making Dropps a 100% zero waste liquid laundry detergent. TerraCycle converts the Dropps pouch material into unique products. For each empty Dropps pouch received, your collection location will earn two TerraCycle points that can be converted to cash for the charity or school of your choice. Shipping the empty pouches back to TerraCycle is free. Sign up for the Dropps Laundry Detergent Pouch Brigade today!

Have you made the switch?

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A funny thing happened on the way to the laundry room. We quickly discovered the whole Dropps movement is great for the planet. Inside, the eco-friendly laundry formula has been approved by the EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program, which recognizes formulas with safer chemistry. We have also removed all of the water from the formula making it so concentrated that we can put the liquid detergent in a water soluble film. The formula itself is 100% biodegradable, and the detergent is enzyme-free, NPE-free, chlorine-free, phthalate-free, phosphate-free, and safe for septic tanks.

Outside, by putting the detergent in pre-measured pacs we are able to ditch the detergent jug entirely thereby reducing the plastic used in packaging the product and the energy that goes into shipping it. For example,  if we compare Dropps with traditional laundry detergent, the same amount of wash loads can be shipped in 1 truck carrying Dropps versus 3 trucks carrying traditional jug detergent. The space reduction extends into the home. Since the product is so lightweight and space efficient, it takes up much less space and is inexpensive to ship.

We’ve taken this one step further and teamed up with TerraCycle® to create an innovative recycling solution for its packaging, making Dropps a 100% zero waste liquid laundry detergent. TerraCycle converts the Dropps pouch material into unique products. For each empty Dropps pouch received, your collection location will earn two TerraCycle points that can be converted to cash for the charity or school of your choice. Shipping the empty pouches back to TerraCycle is free. Sign up for the Dropps Laundry Detergent Pouch Brigade today! 

Dropps laundry detergent pacs are approved by the EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program which recognizes products with safer chemistry.

Remember, Dropps are phosphate-free, chlorine-free and NPE-free, too! And talk about a smaller footprint! We use less water, use way less plastic, take up less space, cost much less to ship and leave tremendously less mess in our landfills. You’ll agree… every pac counts!

And to think, we started out trying to save some clothes… and it looks like we’re helping to save something even larger.

Some frequently asked questions from the EPA’s website: 

Why does EPA label products?

EPA’s mission is to protect the health of people and the environment. To further that mission, EPA labels products so that consumers can easily choose ones that are safer for people and the environment.  The program empowers consumers to protect their health and minimize impact on the environment through everyday purchasing decisions.  Using EPA’s chemical and toxicological expertise, the Design for the Environment program applies stringent criteria for health and environmental safety in labeling products with the safest possible chemical ingredients.

What does the Design for Environment label mean?

When consumers see the Design for the Environment (DfE) label on a product, they can be confident that the ingredients have been through a rigorous EPA review.  The label means that EPA scientists have evaluated every ingredient in the product to ensure it meets DfE’s stringent criteria. When people use Design for the Environment-labeled products they are protecting their families and the environment by making safer chemical choices.

Do Design for the Environment-labeled products work well?

Yes, in addition to meeting stringent safety criteria, every product with the Design for the Environment label has met high standards for performance.

(via EPA DfE)