09 Jul '18, 1pm

Never, ever use soap in a lake

Never, ever use soap in a lake

Even if the label says 'biodegradable,' please don't do it. I was lying on a hot sandy beach yesterday morning, looking at the turquoise waters of Lake Huron, when a man began lathering himself vigorously in the lake in front of us. He rubbed foamy shampoo all over his head and body, then dove into the water to rinse it off. What this man clearly did not realize -- or perhaps chose to ignore -- is that washing oneself with soap of any kind in a lake, pond, river, or ocean is terrible for the environment. Even if the bottle is labeled biodegradable, natural, or organic, it's still bad . A so-called eco-friendly cleanser, while containing fewer noxious chemicals than a conventional brand, is still not meant to be poured directly into a waterway -- even if it has a green reputation like Dr. Bronner's or a name like Campsuds. There are several reasons for this. The detergent i...

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