I've never found the tablets or powder very good. They don't seem to rinse that well. I was using the ecover liquid until recently when it seemed to get suddenly a lot more expensive. The co-op does a good eco liquid and conditioner but it's probably not as eco - it smells too nice!
NiceCage can you tell us the cost of each? It is surprising that the powder was more expensive. With detergents, you can pay more for many reasons. Normally with tablets you pay a premium for convenience (i.e. they are pre-measured). However sometimes you pay a premium for buying detergents in a smaller store such as a Tesco Express or Sainsbury's local, as there again you pay for convenience. So if you bought the powder at a smaller store, you might have paid more for it...otherwise it is just odd that it was more expensive than the tablets (if I am reading the OP correctly).
Oh I'm not talking about money cost, tak1ngchances
I'm talking about the cost to the environment. "Greener" should mean "less impact on the environment" or "more sustainable.".
We can affect the environment in lots of ways, like pouring unsuitable chemicals into water courses using materials which aren't being recycled and don't degrade (eg plastics floating in oceans) using up materials like oil of which there's fundamentally a limited supply.
It's hard to know which factor an "eco" product is claiming to be better on - and sometimes an improvement on one factor can create a bigger problem elsewhere. You have to do the whole calculation.
Oh I see. Well if you want to be environmentally conscious when it comes to laundry then you can take these steps: - Turn to lower temperatures on your machine. This is the first priority. If you look at the environmental footprint of a wash cycle as a pie chart detergent packaging is the tiniest sliver. The in-use phase is over 75% purely because of the energy required to heat water. - Buy concentrated liquids as they wash better than powder at lower temperatures and in additional contribute less packaging waste, and require fewer trucks to cart them around the country/countries.
Hot water well catered for here! I feed in water from the solar-thermal panel and have to be careful it doesn't get too hot!
But it's not the packaging disposal I'm looking at (apart from the little plastic wrappers). It's the delivery-fuel-per-wash, something consumers often forget but supermarkets and distribution companies have a very good grip of!
Yes. Delivery fuel per wash is worst for powders as they are not compacted. The best is concentrated liquid, I am not sure if Ecover does one of those or not. Persil Small & Mighty and Ariel Excel Gel are both good, most supermarkets have own label versions as well.