08 Jul '11, 10am

Five of the best...eco-friendly detergents

Five of the best...eco-friendly detergents

led with the story that the last two Australian detergent manufacturers to use phosphates had agreed to phase them out after a nation-wide campaign. The latest development in the fight to clean up the detergent industry, the Austrailian success has led to calls from the EU for a ban on phosphates in domestic laundry and cleaning products to come into effect by 2013. Commonly found in supermarket and big brand cleaning products, phosphates, when released into water, can harm aquatic life and lead to poor water quality. And the phosphate problem isn’t the only one. Many detergents are made from petrochemicals and although the law requires biodegradable ingredients, it only applies to 60 per cent of the total formula. Encouragingly, consumers have responded to environmental concerns and the market in eco-friendly detergents is growing, with increasingly effective products put...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/home/96952...

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