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Casa Beta: Twist Euro Sponge #10

These days, stylish, eco-friendly cleaning products like Method abound, and I've even armed you with recipes for healthy cleaning solutions. In our refrigerators, organic food is becoming commonplace. But, there's one thing in the kitchen that hasn't undergone some sort of eco-conscious evolution, and that's the sponge.

So, I was delighted to try the Twist Euro Sponge #10 ($4), which is made from sustainable pine trees, is antibacterial, 100-percent biodegradable, and dishwasher safe. I didn't think that the sponge could compete with my go-to grocery store variety, but I was wrong. The sponge absorbs spills as well as any paper towel, and easily cleans the grit off a messy frying pan. It's also already outlasted my standard sponges, within only a couple weeks. No, it doesn't have the toughness of steel wool, but what does? Aside from functionality, it's also the most beautiful sponge I've used. My favorite thing, though, is that it's packaging can be transformed into a bird feeder once it's opened — bird feed not included.

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