Unnecessary waste products sneak into our lives in the most invisible little places - take the kitchen sink for example.
Most people will have an array of steel and/or plastic sponges and scrubbers hanging around to wash their dishes. These, of course, all eventually end up in the bin - AKA landfill.
These days there are a vast range of kitchen scrubbers in the eco-products department that you can buy which break down in the compost pile which is fantastic.
But did you know there's pretty much always something you can grow yourself that will do the same job?
Growing up in sub-tropical Brisbane, we'd grow the luffa vine and use this in the bathroom and kitchen. In more tropical climates, people use coconut husk.
Alas, it's a tad cold in cool temperate Tasmania for either of those plants - hence our enthusiasm when my husband Anton's mum gifted us with a little broom millet (sorghum bicolor) scrubbing bush all the way from (very cold) Sweden.
We promptly went about sourcing some seed so we could grow our own, and one year later we now have our own little batch of broom millet scrubbing brushes.
Here's the full journey in pictures ...
The patch of broom millet we grew was around three metres by two metres with approximately 25 plants.
Of those plants, some seed heads were lost to birds and some didn't form overly well.
We ended up with seven scrubbing brushes from around 15 plants.
But interestingly, one scrubbing brush will last for over one year - we're still using ours that was gifted to us well over a year ago.
I've had to replace the string once, but otherwise the fibre is incredibly strong and still going.
Technically this means we have over seven years of scrubbing brushes ready to go.
While it took a while, we're now very sorted in the scrubbing brush department.
Say goodbye to weird plastic products and hello compostable, uber local and satisfying resources!
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