If you’ve yet to ditch the paper towels in your kitchen, perhaps Three Bluebirds’ Swedish Dishcloths may help you let go of them.
Three Bluebirds’ eco-friendly cloths are sponge-like dishcloths made of 70% cellulose from FSC certified forests and 30% cotton, that cleans streak free and works on most surfaces, including glass, granite, tile and stainless steel.
A bit more than a regular Swedish Dishcloth Three Blubirds’ range features funky graphics – screen printed with water based ink – inspired by nature, the seasons, animals, food, flowers, colours and nautical – helping to enliven and bring a sense of joy to household chores, if ever there were.
One dishcloth absorbs 20x its weight and will replace 17 rolls of paper towels. Each Three Bluebirds’ Swedish Dishcloth air dries fast, so it doesn’t breed bacteria like a typical sponge.
They are reusable and washable over 200 times, and are 100% biodegradable. Three Bluebird’s Swedish Dishcloths can be washed in the top rack of a dishwasher or washing machine, or boil them to sterilise.
Three Bluebirds is the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Lynda and Lasse Baldauf, based in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. The couple launched Three Bluebirds in 2013.
Lasse Baldauf, a retired trade promoter, now devotes all his time to Three Bluebirds and creates the whimsical designs with the intention of “making people smile”.
Having grown up in Finland, Lasse Baldauf says: “It was completely natural to reuse dish towels. In Europe, we never used paper towels. We’d wash and recycle naturally.”
“Not growing up in Scandinavia, I learned about the sustainability factor from Lasse,” Lynda Baldauf adds. “When I visited Finland, back in 1987, shoppers were taking their own cloth bags to the market, like we do here now. They were way ahead of the curve with the environment.”
“It’s fun to introduce something new to the American market with our own designs,” Lynda Baldouf explains. “In Native American symbolism, ‘bluebirds’ are considered a sign of love and joy. I loved the imagery.”
Three Bluebird’s Swedish Dishcloths are available to purchase online from Three Bluebirds
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com