By Mike Poulin, Justice Resource Manager

Last week, Brother Ryan’s tip referenced one type of plastic that plagues our washing machines. Another source of plastic associated with laundry comes in the form of big, plastic bottles of detergent. But there is a way to avoid those giant jugs of soap: laundry detergent sheets. 

Essentially, they are dehydrated soap sheets that dissolve in water. Several brands of laundry sheets are now on the market. Sheets are sold in envelopes or boxes and are perforated for different sized loads of laundry. In addition to reducing plastic use, laundry sheets also have a smaller shipping footprint; without the added water, they weigh much less than liquid detergent.