Monthly Archives: July 2012

Biodegradable

Today I needed to buy laundry detergent.  I noticed one from Arm and Hammer that touted itself as biodegradable and phosphate-free.  Great, I love having an environmental option when I shop (whoever tracks the groceries I buy on my credit card must notice this).  But as usual, I looked to see if there was an even better option.  And I noticed that all the Tide bottles I looked at said phosphate-free.  In tiny writing on the front.  Sunlight didn’t even say anything.

I had to look up later the significance of phosphates (here it is – wikipedia) and it is the sort of thing that could be more prevalent on the label.  But the bigger issue is how the hell have none of the major companies made a biodegradable laundry detergent?!  The market is there – the EU has already mandated it.

I bought the Arm & Hammer.  It was also way cheaper than chemical-rich alternatives from other companies.  Now let’s see how it cleans…

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