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Are Dishwasher Tablets Good For The Environment?

It's no secret that dishwasher tablets are a popular choice of detergent to use for many South African homes, but what are the environmental costs to using them? Some people assume that dishwasher pods are more environmentally friendly than traditional dishwashing methods, but is this really true?


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Are Dishwasher Tablets Good For The Environment

Sunlight Dishwashing tablets are biodegradable and compostable. Find out more about why dishwashing pods are good for the environment.

Reasons Why Dishwasher Detergent Tablets are Good For the Environment

Most South Africans want to use cleaning and home care products that make a difference to both their homes and the environment. Sunlight Dishwashing Tablets are products that do just that. If you’re wondering if dishwasher pods are safe for the environment. Here’s why we believe they are:

#1 – Packaging Is recycled and Recyclable

The packaging of all Sunlight Dishwashing Tablets is cardboard, which means less plastic is used in the making of the product. Cardboard is paper-based and is therefore 100% recyclable.

#2 – Saves on CO₂ emissions

Thanks to the cardboard packaging, the weight of the entire product is less. A lighter-weight product means that it is more compact to transport. When a product is more compact to transport it has the knock-on effect that fewer fossil fuels are used in transportation, which means lower CO emissions.

#3 – Pods are Water-Soluble & Biodegradable

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The HYDROFILM wrap on the pods is 100% water soluble which means no plastic remnants are left in the water after the wash. The pods are also fully biodegradable and compostable, meaning they are kinder to the environment should they land up in landfills.

#4 – Naturally Derived Ingredients

Sunlight Dishwashing Tablets are made from 70% naturally derived ingredients so they put less chemicals into the water that is ultimately being flushed out. It also means less chemicals are used to clean your dishes.

#5 – Use Less Water

Thanks to Sunlight’s Pure Clean Technology, their dishwashing tablets work effectively on the eco-cycle. This means that there is no need to pre-rinse your dishes, which in turn reduces the amount of water and electricity used to run the machine.

The Sunlight Range of Dishwasher Pods

If you’re looking for a range of dishwasher pods that are safe to use for you, your family and the environment, choose from the range of machine dishwashing tablets available from your favourite retailer now:

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Are detergent pods bad for washing machines?

Dishwasher detergent pods have been formulated to be used in dishwashing machines. They can be used to clean automatic washing machines, but not for use on clothing.

What happens to the plastic around dishwasher pods?

Sunlight Dishwashing Tablets are wrapped in a HYDROFILM that completely dissolves in water. No remnants of the wrapper are left in the water afterwards.

Are dishwasher pods better than liquid?

Dishwasher pods are a great choice to get effective cleaning of your dishes in your dishwasher and they are good for the environment too, read our blog above to find out why.

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