Monday, November 17, 2008

Day 209 of our Green Year: Natural Soap

Do you remember in Finding Nemo, the phrase "All drains lead to the ocean", well it is kind of true. The reason is that what goes down the drain, goes through the system, into the water treatment plant, then back out into the world or into our drinking supply. If it gets to rivers, then eventually it makes its way back to the ocean.

Every day, millions of people put cleaning products, personal hygiene products and medication down the drain. This is having a severe effect on our world. Millions of tonnes of soap is flushed down the drain every single year, causing untold damage to aquatic eco-systems. Studies have found the chemicals in soap fragrances have proven to cause birth defects and liver defects in animals. Some soaps contain Methylisothiazolinone, which can cause nerve cell death, while others contain Triclosan, which is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency as a pesticide.

Yep, that is what you are washing your body with....

Layla and I have decided to ban all but natural soap, and luckily we have found natural soap at our local organic store. This soap is apparently made from emu oil and it feels great on the skin, while adding nothing harmful to the environment around us.