June 13, 2008
Citra Solv, LLC
PO Box 2597
Danbury, CT 06813-2597
Dear Steve & Melissa,
I purchased a box of CitraSuds natural laundry detergent today at the Ecology Center in Berkeley, CA. I am always on the lookout for environmentally safe products and was happy to learn that your laundry powder is biodegradable and contains no chlorine bleach or synthetic perfumes or dyes. I was also happy to read on the box that the package is made from 100% recycled paper.
However, after opening the box, I was disappointed to find a plastic measuring scoop. While I realize the scoop may be made out of recycled plastic, the fact is that it is not biodegradable and cannot be further recycled — not where I live anyway. Therefore, I am returning the scoop to you in the hopes that you can find a use for it. I don’t need it, and most of the people I know do not need a brand new scoop each time we buy a box of detergent.
There is another brand of laundry soap, Ecover, which includes a biodegradable cardboard scoop made out of recycled paper. This seems to be a better alternative to me, since the scoop can be recycled or composted at the end of its life. My usual store was sold out of Ecover this week, which is why I tried the CitraSuds instead. But I don’t think I will purchase another box of CitraSuds as long as I know there will be a plastic scoop inside.
I appreciate all that you are doing for the environment and hope that you will choose to go even further by either eliminating the scoop entirely or opting for a biodegradable recycled paper scoop, like Ecover has.