When it comes to the word ‘environmentally friendly’, some people may automatically think of the 3 R’s : Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, though there is more to this word that just using the 3 R’s. Through my personal observations and experiences, I find that some people may be hesitant to switch over from using regular household products on the market to that of products which are more environmentally friendly. Some examples of everyday household products range from cleaning solutions for the bathroom and/or kitchen, laundry detergents and fabric softeners, to kitchen soaps. Over the years of using regular laundry detergents, I found that some of the ingredients caused my skin to become easily irritated and prone to itchiness.
Everyday regular household products may have ingredients which are harmful to the environment and can affect your health. Eco-friendly cleaning products are made up of all natural ingredients which are safe for the environment. They may be free of chemicals and irritants such as phosphates (Magazine, 2008). One of plants important nutrients it needs for consumption and growth is phosphorus. When this ingredient is used in detergents and thrown back into the water, it can cause an overgrowth of plants that live underwater. It can also pollute the water which makes it inadequate for humans including animals to drink (Natural and Environmentally-Friendly Household Products: Suggestions for Waterfront Homeowners, n.d.).
Magazine, B. H. (2008, September). The benefits of eco-friendly cleaners. The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc.
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Have you thought of switching or are already using eco-friendly household products? If so, which products are you using? Comments can be posted below.