This New Zero Waste Cleaning Brand Will Make You Rethink Every Product You Buy

Planet Pods multi-purpose, eco-conscious cleaning alternative aims to remove plastic, chemical waste, and unneeded fillers from household cleaners.

What matters more? People’s health and well-being or profit losses? Most companies would [sadly] say profit loss

It’s not a matter of companies being evil, but rather a cognitive dissonance that is inherent to humans. This dissonance detracts us from the wrong-doing because we don’t actually see it (ie “the sky hasn’t turned red, so global climate change must not be real”).

When we began to develop our product, we were (admittedly) unaware of just how many tangible and intangible factors are part of the greater equation. We decided to tackle all areas that compromise environmental sustainability, consumer value, and waste inefficiencies, while keeping costs low and never sacrificing convenience. The tangible component we removed first was filler ingredients.

Filler ingredients don’t make the product any better, they just take up space

The most widespread filler ingredient is water. Many cleaning brands fill their product with water and a small percentage of cleaning agents. Because the water dilutes the cleaning agent, a consumer will run out of a 16 oz spray bottle of cleaner filled with 90% water before they run out of 100% cleaning agents. Comparatively, our 14 ounces of Planet Pods cleaner lasts 200+ full spray bottles, so that our consumers can enjoy the benefits of longer-lasting cleaners. For these 200+ full spray bottles, we encourage our consumers to use one spray bottle that lasts (aluminum spray bottles are the lightest weight, very durable, and easy to keep clean).

Plastic is a really cheap and lasts forever, so why do we buy a new plastic spray bottle every time we buy more cleaning product?

“Recycling” isn’t enough. We just don’t have the infrastructure to handle the scale of waste in the world. When factoring all touch points of the supply chain, it becomes clear how poorly we’re using our energy on our everyday products.

Here’s what a product that prioritizes consumer health and well-being looks like

Our approach is to optimize at all corners of supply chain. Sourcing, production, shipping and waste are four major milestones we focus on optimizing for sustainability. We ask, what is absolutely necessary for the consumer? How can we pare down on waste? Where can we substitute in compostable materials? And how do we minimize the energy output?

Planet Pods is a multi-purpose, eco-conscious cleaning alternative aiming to remove plastic, chemical waste, and unneeded fillers from household cleaners. First, Planet Pods removes unnecessary filler (ie water) and toxic ingredients. Conventional cleaners primarily consist of water with some cleaning agents, and impose the need to purchase a new spray bottle every time consumers restock cleaning supply.

we enable consumers cost efficiencies in fewer repurchases, which results in reduced shipments which ultimately cut carbon emissions.

This is our first proof of concept in minimized packaging and lowered carbon emissions. We do all of this without sacrificing costs or convenience to the consumer.

The big picture

The belief that businesses should play a more active role in making the world more sustainable is one that will become more and more widespread as consumers become more aware of bad business practices that can occur in the backend of supply chain. Overtime, we will begin to see this prioritized among younger demographics and should anticipate a wave of challenger brands entering the market to challenge the status quo. In the meantime, evaluate your everyday goods and evaluate products that maximize value for the consumer and planet.

By Emilie Scott

Emilie Scott | Planet Pods
Emilie Scott | Planet Pods

About Planet Pods: Building the brands that make the world better. We create everyday products with ingredients and packaging optimized for biodegradability, efficacy, and affordability.

We fiercely believe in creating a future where human health and environmental impact are prioritized in product development decisions.

Creator of Planet Pods