We know how important it is to get our five-a-day, so it’s no surprise the pandemic brought a surge in demand for subscription services like fruit-and-veg boxes, with sales increasing by 111 per cent in the first six weeks of the pandemic and Riverford’s organic veg box sales are still up 45 per cent year-on-year.
Some brands, like eatCleaner, insist their washes can also extend shelf life by as much as five times — thanks to a unique mix of ingredients, including antioxidants and fruit acids.
‘If you see earth, you wash it off,’ says food industry expert Nellie Nichols, former Head of Food at Pret. ‘The biggest issue is you can catch a lot of serious conditions from earth which can be there without being visible.’
A clean home is essential, but at what cost to the planet? For too long, too many of us have used products with harsh and toxic chemicals that can be harmful – to humans, wildlife and the environment.
That washing up liquid we pour down the drain when doing the dishes could cause chemicals to enter waterways and harm aquatic life. And then there is that mountain of plastic waste created when you have gone through your 100th bottle of window cleaner.