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Scotch-Brite® Greener Clean Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge, Tan, 3/Pack (97033)
Item #366006
Model #97033
  • 50% of the scrubbing fibers are made from agave plant
  • Sponges made from 100% plant-based fibers
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Agave sponges help to clean up messes in the kitchen without doing damage to the environment. Sponges made from organic ingredients can be just as powerful as traditional materials, and they help to keep trash out of landfills. Look to Staples® for kitchen cleaning supplies including scrub brushes, mops, and spray bottles.

The Ingredients in Agave Sponges
Agave is a succulent plant grown around the world, but it is well known for being produced in Mexico. The versatile plant is traditionally used to make tequila. Nectar from agave is used as an alternative to sugar as a sweetener. Fibers can become sisal rope. The plant fibers are also used in textiles, and that's where it comes in handy as a sponge. Fibers from agave are mixed with other organic materials, usually other plant fibers, to form a sponge that absorbs liquids and scrubs stuck-on stains without leaving scratches behind.

How an Agave Sponge Helps the Environment
The majority of sponges and scouring pads on the market are made from plastic material or synthetic fibers, which don't biodegrade in landfills. Many recycling centers won't take sponges made with these plastics, such as melamine. Some sponges also have anti-bacterial properties, which means they contain chemicals to help destroy bacteria. These chemicals are bad for the environment because they can seep into the ground.

Plant-based sponges will biodegrade in landfills and don't use chemicals. Using agave sponges also eliminates overuse of paper towels. One sponge will do the same amount of cleaning as 30 rolls of paper towels. This helps saves trees and creates less trash on a daily basis.

Size and Packaging for Agave Sponges
Each sponge is about 3 x 4.5 inches. The size fits perfectly in one hand for easy cleaning and can scrub a wide area fairly quickly. Sponges are sold individually or in packs up to 9. Large packs are useful for heavy cleaning, such as Spring or Fall cleaning, or for use in several different areas of the house.

Are Agave Sponges Certified Organic?
For a product to be certified organic, the company must fulfill all requirements and standards put forth by the USDA. Only then can the company put the official organic label on the product. If the sponge packaging doesn't have that label then it is not certified. Look at the ingredient list or for any reference to organic material on the packaging to determine how much of the sponge is made from organic material.

Are Agave Sponges Made From Recycled Material?
Agave sponges are not made from 100% agave, but include other materials to help hold the sponge together and absorb the most liquid. The other material is often plant fibers and many companies will use recycled plant fibers. Look at the packaging for any reference to recycled material. There is often a percentage number of how much of the sponge is recycled.

Is it Possible to Use an Agave Sponge in Compost?
Composting is a good way to help the environment and keep products out of landfills. Since agave sponges are made from natural materials, they will biodegrade in compost. It is recommended to cut the sponge up into little pieces first to help aid break down. Keep in mind that some agave sponges have a scrubber side made from polyester which will not biodegrade in compost. Always check the label for a sponge that has 100 percent natural ingredients. Browse through Staples inventory of cleaning tools to keep your home and office free of harmful germs.