Powerful Cleaning, Safer Ingredients

Who They Are

In 1980, a cotton sweater factory was facing a huge problem. Every laundry detergent they used was stretching out their beloved yarn and causing it to change colors. Unable to source anything that would both clean their products and maintain the fabric’s integrity, owners Jonathan Propper and his mother, Lenore Propper Schwartz, set to work creating something on their own. With an innovative, biodegradable formula, Cot’n Wash came to life! Effective, but gentle on clothing and skin, it became a huge hit.

Years later, the sweaters are gone and Cot’n Wash has transformed from the classic liquid laundry detergent into a small, compact pod, known today as ‘Dropps’! The clean-revolution didn’t stop there, though. Dropps recognized that in order to create real environmental change, businesses needed to use their platform to inspire and educate consumers. Dropps has done this all while providing the best possible non-toxic, eco solution to home cleaning.

Finally, plastic-free detergent pods that aren’t filled with harmful colorants or skin-irritating ingredients, only effective, biodegradable formulas! Clean on, people! And feel good about it, too.

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Why We Like Them

What comes to mind when you think about the dishwasher or the washing machine in your home? Maybe the amount of water or energy they require? What about the products we use to help them run effectively? While often overlooked, household goods like dish detergent or laundry pods play a huge roll in the impact humans have on the planet and its other inhabitants. 

In addition to creating an incredible plastic-free cleaning product that we didn’t even know we needed, Dropps also partners with Oceana, the largest international ocean conservation organization. Through science-backed policy reform, Oceana is effectively tackling major issues like overfishing, habitat destruction, and various other threats to marine biodiversity. Not only will your Dropps pods save plastic and chemicals from entering our waterways (and soils and drinking water!), but they’ll help support a leader in environmental change!

  • Compostable Packaging
    Compostable Packaging
  • Cruelty Free - EarthHero
    Cruelty Free
  • Paraben Free
    Paraben Free
  • Phthalate Free
    Phthalate Free
  • Sulfate Free
    Sulfate Free

  • Family Business
  • Charitable
  • Vegan
  • Sustainable Lifestyle
    Sustainable Lifestyle
  • Made in the USA
    Made in the USA

This product is packaged or shipped in materials that can be composted in home systems or industrial facilities. Certain materials may be better fit for industrial facilities than backyard composting systems. Contact your local waste-hauler or composting facility to determine where these materials may be accepted. Industrial facilities may not exist in your area.

Cruelty Free is a certification process through PETA that labels products that are not tested on animals. All companies that are included on PETA’s cruelty-free list have signed a statement verifying that they don’t use ingredients or create finished products that help conduct or pay for any tests on animals.

Parabens are synthetic chemical preservatives, commonly used in beauty products like shampoo, lotion, and deodorants. Parabens can accumulate in your body, and have been linked to hormonal disruption and reproductive problems. In studies of breast cancer patients, parabens have been found in the tissue of cancerous tumors–yikes! If you want to avoid Parabens in your beauty products, keep an eye out for methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben in the ingredients list.

Phthalates are found in toys, electronics, personal care products, plastic wraps, containers, and more. These petroleum based chemicals help soften plastics, and bind fragrances to perfumes, deodorants, creams, and other personal care products. Phthalates are are not chemically bound, meaning they can easily get released into the air, water, or your body, just by using the products as intended. Phthalates have been found to disrupt the endocrine system, which can cause reproductive damage, hormonal imbalances, infertility, mood changes, metabolism changes, and more.

Sulfates are synthetic chemical ingredients commonly used in beauty products and household cleaners, like shampoos and dish soaps. You can usually identify sulfates in an ingredients list by looking out for the most common types: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLC) and Sodium Laureth Sulfates (SLES). These chemicals, often derived from petroleum, are used to help form the “lather” we’re used to seeing in our beauty and cleaning products. When used in the shower or sink, these chemicals can flow through the pipes and into our waterways. Synthetic sulfates have been linked to allergic reactions, eye and skin irritation, and hair loss, and some studies suggest they contain carcinogenic ingredients.

This product is made by a family-owned business. EarthHero loves to support and empower businesses built around strong family values. 

This company donates a portion of their time or profits to charitable efforts in their community or abroad.

This product does not contain any animal products or byproducts, and has not been tested on animals.

This product helps promote a more sustainable lifestyle. Whether it encourages re-use and the movement away from disposable products, or it promotes sustainable actions like recycling and composting, this product can help you lower your environmental footprint.

This product was made in the United States. Buying locally made items helps to reduce harmful emissions that result from transportation during and after the production process. Purchasing products made in the United States also ensures that the items are produced in ways that meet strict safety and labor standards.

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