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The BBC has shared a story today about some waste washed up in a uk marine environment.
A very large number of pink detergent bottles.
Now there’s been a number of people alarmed by this environmental disaster. And of course I’m not happy about it however I’m a bit surprised at the reaction.
Some of the bottles are leaking, you see, and people are aghast that the detergent, as yet unidentified is ending up in the ocean.
But I don’t understand why they are concerned. Realistically this is where the detergent will end up anyway!
Detergent that is used goes into the sea. After the washing machine is done with it off it goes.
Down the drain!
But it’ll be treated to remove it from drinking water for US. I suppose. Mind you who knows what it gets up to before it reaches purification stage.
I looked up how water is purified for drinking but didn’t find any references to detergent removal.
Here’s an example. While on holiday I was looking for washing up liquid. It’s a common household detergent. I wasn’t in a big shop so I found this.
It’s green. A famous brand often described in advertising as mild !
According to this label it’s not mild for the ole aquatic life though! Harmful with long lasting effects!!!!!
Suffice to say I didn’t buy it!
The one we use is eco friendly. It’s still bad for your eyes as is most soap if you put it in there but the sea life is safer.
I guess the pink stuff will be much maligned for its location in the ocean but safe enough from criticism when lurking on the supermarket shelf.
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