I remember when I was a kid, the huge boxes of washing powder my Mother used to buy. They had a plastic handle and weighed loads; I don’t think I could lift them when I was little and there wasn’t any other choice – every brand had a huge box! There was a plastic measuring cup inside and heaps of that blue speckled powder went into the machine each time a load of laundry was washed.
I think the biggest size you can buy in most supermarkets now is just over 4kg and that lasts for 50 washes!
With laundry liquids I’m amazed to see how little we need nowadays; just a small cap full in most cases.
Things have come on a long way since I was a child sitting on that huge box of washing powder and I remember when concentrated products came onto the market. There were concentrated fabric conditioners, washing up liquid, laundry powders and laundry liquids which I never quite believed could work.
Now you can buy concentrated fruit juice too, which is great because you are not paying to transport water so it helps reduce emission costs and packaging. We buy a 400ml glass bottle of fruit juice concentrate which seems to last for months; you just keep diluting it and it never seems to go down! Squash was something else I remember getting through a lot of as a child – it started off pretty weak, so we got through a lot. Tesco now sell ‘double concentrate’ squash and are calling on the drinks industry to follow the laundry sector’s example and work together in moving to concentrates where possible and making the best use of packaging.
This week while browsing, I’ve seen concentrated Jeyes fluid, vitamin and mineral supplements, tomato puree and chicken stock! As long as you remember to actually REDUCE the amount of product you use, buying concentrated forms of products is a great way to save packaging.
What concentrated products have you bought recently?