While perusing the nifty new shopping website Alice.com last week, I stumbled across a green home must-have that I hadn’t seen on the shelves of brick and mortar stores around New York City — Dropps Laundry Pacs. Apparently, Dropps are indeed carried at stores that I frequent like Target but because they aren’t giant plastic bottles of laundry detergent my eyes must have passed right over ‘em. It’s a shame because for laundromat-using, space-starved city dwellers like me, they’re a true green godsend.

The Dropps experience revolves around three “C’s”: Cleaning, Convenience, and Conservation. Dropps are biodegradable laundry detergent “pacs” that dissolve in the water of standard washing machines, including HE models. They’re filled with a pre-measured amount of super-concentrated, phosphate- , NPE-, and chlorine-free detergent that works magic in cold water as well as warm and hot water cycles. They’re also ideal for summer travel and come in three varieties: Fresh Scent, Scent + Dye Free, and Dropps Baby.

According to a recent New York Times article, a whopping 292 bags of Dropps (they each contain 20 detergent capsules) have the same environmental footprint as one plastic bottle of standard laundry detergent. Impressive. 

I just stocked up on bottles of my favorite natural bottled liquid laundry detergent but when those bite the dust, I’m going to give Dropps a go. Laundry purists: would you consider droppin' a few bucks on Dropps? 

Find gently priced Dropps at these retailers or buy direct from the Dropps online store

Images: Dropps

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.