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…
I realized that I still wasn’t up to date on what can and can’t be recycled in Toronto.
I thought it couldn’t, but it can be recycled:
- styrofoam meat trays
- disposable/one-use aluminum pie plates
- shaving cream cans, but not their lids
- the “window” parts of envelopes, and I had been separating them all this time!
- clear plastic containers for berries
- clear plastic egg cartons
- plastic cutlery
- lids for mason jars
- pizza boxes can, but you have to remove the parts that are stained with grease