Synthetic fibres shed from dish cloths and dish brushes wash down the sink and into the oceans. Over time these degrade into smaller and smaller particles or microplastics. These microplastics attract chemical toxins and are then ingested by marine life. The GOBAMBOO dish scrubber is 100% natural and will not contribute to the problem of plastic pollution and plastic entering the food chain. The GOBAMBOO dish scrubber is great for cleaning most pots and dishes, but may be too harsh for fine china and Teflon coated pans. For disposal untwist the steel using pliers and pull out the bristles. The steel can be recycled and the bristles composted. All packaging is recyclable.