From the Drain to the River

A now-famous USGS study* that began in 1999 showed that sewage treatment plants were not removing all household chemicals. In the original 1999 study, pharmaceuticals, cleaners and other man-made chemicals were present in 80% of streams tested.

As makers of household products, we avoid persistent, toxic chemicals altogether.

As consumers, choosing environmentally sound products will go a LONG way in reducing your impact.  Avoid a short “naughty list” of chemicals and buy from companies dedicated to making toxin-free products.

Solid body care products (shampoo bars, shaving soap and lotion bars) are also major waste-reducers and are typically made from more natural ingredients and without the use of preservatives.

*“Pharmaceuticals, Hormones, and Other Organic Wastewater Contaminants in U.S. Streams, 1999−2000: A NationalReconnaissance.”

http://toxics.usgs.gov/pubs/FS-027-02/pdf/FS-027-02.pdf

Triclosan is an anti-bacterial agent known to cause hormone disruption and generate other toxic byproducts when released into the environment.  Triclosan is used in some deodorants, shaving creams, toothpaste, liquid soap, mouth washes, cleaning supplies and more. It has been found in the environment, in people and in wildlife.

Some household chemicals go on to also generate dangerous byproducts.  Triclosan reacts with chlorine and sunlight to create dioxins, a group of persistent, toxic and hormone-disrupting compounds.

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