In our last blog we talked about plastic and other contaminants in our water. We also gave you a few pointers on what you can do to help keep the water clean.
Let’s continue our talk about water, but this time let’s talk about the chemicals that you use everyday and how they affect the water.
We are talking cleaning products. For years we used harsh chemicals to clean our houses not even thinking about the affect that they have on our health or what the do to the water supply as they swirl down the drain. We have since realized that using these products is not safe for us, our families or our pets.
Not all cleaning products are created equal! At Pacific Sands we pride ourselves on making greener cleaning products that work great but have less of an impact on the environment and our health. Our Natural Choices products are plant-based, biodegradable and fragrance free.
One environmental concern with cleaning products is that many use chemicals that are petroleum-based, contributing to the depletion of this non-renewable resource and increasing our nation’s dependence on imported oil. Not to mention that oil and water don’t mix! Oil being put into our water is hazardous to plants, wildlife and humans!
I think I’ll pass on this beverage! YUCK!
Another famous water pollutant is phosphates, water-softening mineral additives that were once widely used in laundry detergents and other cleaners. When phosphates enter waterways, they act as a fertilizer, spawning an overgrowth of algae. This overabundance of aquatic plant life eventually depletes the water’s oxygen supply, killing off fish and other organisms. Although many states have banned phosphates from laundry detergents and some other cleaners, they are still used in many automatic dishwasher detergents. (All of our products are free of phosphates)!
What you can do:
1. When buying cleaning products look for specifics. Buy products that are biodegradable, contain no solvents, phosphates, dyes or fragrances and are plant-based and NOT petroleum based. (Plants are a renewable resource).
2. Avoid cleaners marked “Danger” or “Poison” on the label, and look out for other tell-tale hazard warnings, such as “corrosive” or “may cause burns.” The skull and crossbones are NEVER a good sign. We don’t have any products at Pacific Sands with this ugly mug on it! (He’s scary)!
3. Avoid products that list active ingredients of chlorine or ammonia, which can cause respiratory and skin irritation and will create toxic fumes if accidentally mixed together.
4. And never mix cleaning products. Not even ours! We’ve done the science and mixing for you! Our employees do all the testing and we test a lot. We take the products home and use them in our homes, on everyday dirt and in all normal situations that you might come across.
5. Look for products that contain enzymes. Enzymes are naturally occurring proteins produced by all living organisms to speed up chemical reactions. Enzyme cleaners make use of these naturally occurring enzymes to break down the proteins in specific targets: Protease enzymes work on protein stains, lipid stains, and amylases starch- or other carbohydrate-based stains. Our products contain these enzymes. They do the work for you!
Most mainstream liquid dishwashing and laundry detergents are petroleum-based, contributing to the polluting of our lakes and rivers. Look for plant-based detergents instead. Choose colorless and fragrance-free detergents. Dyes and fragrances can be contaminated with heavy metals such as arsenic and lead and may penetrate the skin on contact. Plus, you don’t want that kind of residue on your clothes. Your clothes are touching your skin the entire time you are wearing them.
Powdered detergents can contain phosphates, which causes the over nitrification of our rivers and streams, causing excessive algae growth that deprives fish of oxygen. Think Algae Bloom.
Bleach is another known contributor to water pollution. When bleach makes its way into our water system, it reacts with other minerals and elements to create a host of dangerous toxins that can take many years to dissipate. Dioxin is just one of the most dangerous by-products of bleach and chlorine-based cleaning supplies—and it is the most frightening of all since dioxins do not break down and remain in our environment for many years. Researchers believe that dioxin can contribute to cancer, endocrine disorders, and other serious disorders. Just think of the hazards these chemicals can pose to air and water quality and wildlife.
We suggest you use Natural Choices OXY-Boost instead of chlorine bleach. OXY-Boost is made from nature. Only 2 ingredients (with no fillers) and contains NO chlorine!
Our eco-friendly products are non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from renewable resources. We also use bio-based solvents from citrus, seed, vegetable, and other natural oils. These are biodegradable and decompose easily so you don’t have to worry about these substances ending up in the water you drink.
We all need to take the step up to greener products. Together we can greatly reduce the amount of chemicals and toxins that we are dumping into our rivers and oceans. We should make the change to be more environmentally-conscious and protect the earth.
We’ve only got one chance at this. Let’s not blow it!