Going green for me is important but something l'm learning to do little by little. I've made many changes in our home and one of them to the greener non-stick scrub sponge, I love the scour pad also. actually love all of the scotch brite products. Yes, you can buy sponges and scouring pads of all kinds in the cheap discount stores but cheap is exactly what you get!! l find that you spend more money in those stores, l'd rather buy scotch brite everything and know I'm not wasting my money. Thank you scotch brite for products I can count on and trust!! l've recommended many of these products to family and friends.