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Pollution and Liquid Soap

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Did you know Liquid soap requires five times more energy to produce and nearly 20 times more energy to package, and, we use about seven times more liquid soap than bar soap for each handwash? Even though we tend to use about 30 percent more heated water washing with bar soap, it is still the environmental winner.

Trevor Nace one of our planets world-renowned geologists wrote 2 years ago in the Forbes magazine that there is the landfill problem of plastic bottles, we are now at a million plastic bottles per minute globally and of that only 9 % are recycled. 

Plastic bottles are commonly made from polyethylene terephthalate (Pet), which take 400 years to naturally decompose, yet is highly recyclable. On geologic timescales, 400 years is not significant and one may make the claim that we can just wait it out until the bottles naturally decompose. However, there are two significant issues with this. There are no signs of decreasing plastic use, hence the plastic decomposition clock will constantly be reset. Secondly, and more importantly, we must understand how this increase in plastic waste globally will impact other systems and their function.

Most plastic, bottles included, ends up in either the ocean or in a landfill. Let's look at the potential impacts of storing vast amounts of plastic waste in both locations. 

It is estimated that by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish. The plastic that finds its way into the oceans inevitably will pose a risk of ingestion by sea birds, fish, marine mammals, etc. It's not uncommon to see articles of sea life found dead with significant amounts of plastic in their stomach.

Please for the future of our planet put down those plastic bottles of chemicals and grab a bar of soap, shampoo bar, toilet cleansing bomb instead, think before you buy. I always ask myself do I really need this or do I just want it? What will I do with the packaging? Can I reuse it for something else or is it going to landfill? Is the contents natural and non-toxic? Then 99% of the time I put the item back on the shelf. 

Are you aware that liquid soap or as they are better known as body washes are basically detergents, some blend natural essential oils into their product to then lay claim the product is natural, but sadly it is not natural and most ingredients in these products are toxic and cause other health issues? 

 


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