Can you imagine cleaning your kitchen countertop with a rotting banana peel? Probably not. But the natural process of fruit decomposition can actually produce the main ingredients found in most household cleaning products today. Sustainability is the hot topic of the decade, and now that we know that food waste can be repurposed into something useful and eco-friendly, one company named Veles has decided to capitalize on this opportunity – or at least give it a try.
Made From 100% Food Waste
Entirely decomposable, this new household cleaner is made exclusively from 97% food waste and 3% natural fragrances. Each spray bottle contains acetic acid (a compound found in vinegar), lactic acid, water, alcohol, and sustainably sourced fragrances. The New York-based company has partnered with collectors of food waste all around Manhattan and the city to help fuel the production of this eco-friendly cleaner.
The Benefits of Using It
Using the Veles cleaner goes beyond the obvious benefit of decreasing the percentage of food leftovers that aren’t recycled. If food waste is left in landfills, it starts to emanate a harmful greenhouse gas known as methane (CH4). Products like this cleaner help to reduce such processes that naturally occur in landfills. What is more, the Veles cleaner also promoted using bio-matter as an efficient cleaning agent.
The Future for Veles
The company has not only thought about the contents of the cleaner but also of its beautiful container. It is made from recyclable aluminum that is sourced in the U.S., and you will soon be able to buy refills for your reusable spray bottle. In terms of pricing, such an eco-friendly product does not come in cheap, but there is a price to going green. Currently, you can get a bottle for $16.00 from their website, but fortunately the refills will cost you half as much, so it’s not too pricey after all.