Make One Change September 2019: Make Sure What You Send Down the Drain is Ocean-Safe

It’s fantastic that plastic and pollution is gaining traction and increased awareness, and with the global environmental protests this month, it seemed a good time to expand that awareness! September’s Change this year is about making sure what you send down the drain is ocean-safe… How much do you know about the ingredients that are in your body wash? Laundry detergent? dish washing tablets? What happens to those ingredients when they’re washed down the drain en-mass by millions of people? DAILY?

I assume no-one wants to see the Great Barrier Reef die, or swim in a brown, sludgy ocean, right? Yet we unthinkingly wash many chemicals and plastics down the tube on a daily basis and with abandon! An attempt to address micro plastics was made in January 2019, when we became fabric snobs! Synthetic fibers break off when you wash your synthetic clothes and are a massive ocean pollutant!

So this month, we take it one step further. I want you to take everything out of your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry cupboards and examine the ingredients. Check them against our lists below and ensure everything you buy in future is ocean-safe!

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One alternative to laundry powder… a biodegradable one too! #Repost @peacewiththewild • • • • • What's your eco-friendly laundry routine? . Harsh synthetic chemicals and plastic packaging are often associated with conventional laundry detergents and products. . Only now, since changing to soapnuts, have I realised how much waste I used to produce when using conventional products. Not only that, but I used to get very itchy skin and would worry about what these chemicals were doing to our environment! . Soapnuts are a super easy and affordable swap! Plus they are a completely natural, hypoallergenic and can be used several times over before composting. . The @livingnaturallysoapnuts we stock at Peace With The Wild are wild-crafted, organic and harvested by locals in rural India, helping to train unskilled workers in a very useful trade so they can earn a fair wage and support their families. . #waronplastic spoke about microplastics this week and if you still have a lot of clothing made from synthetic materials, but are worried about the fibres they release during a wash, @guppyfriend is ideal. . This special wash bag catches Microfibres and microplastics while your clothes are being washed, without releasing any fibres itself. You then remove the Microfibres and dispose of them responsibly, stopping them from being released down the drain loose. . Soapnuts and Guppyfriend is now available @ www.peacewiththewild.co.uk . . . . . #waronplastic #plasticpollution #eco #plasticfreeliving #sustainablelife #journeytozerowaste #plasticfreeuk #plasticfreeoceans #saveourseas #noplanetb #journeytoplasticfree #reducepollution #reducewaste #lowimpactliving #reduceplastic #guppyfriend #soapnuts #ecolaundry #sustainablelaundry #zerowasteuk #peacewiththewild #makeonechangesep19

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Here's a dishwashing option! #Repost @thinkmorewasteless • • • • • I finally finished all my old dishwasher detergent so I made a batch of my own today. This recipe is one I saw posted by @thegypsyblendco. I mixed 2 C baking soda, 1/2 C citric acid, 2 TBSP liquid pure castile soap, 10 drops of lemon essential oil, and 10 drops of orange essential oil. I kept stirring the mixture every 1/2 hour or so over a period of 4 hours until it was dried and set in powder form. It looks very similar to Cascade brand without all the nasty chemicals. I’m excited to give it a try! I’ll also be using white distilled vinegar as a rinse aid. #thinkmorewasteless #stuffinolongerbuy #diydishwasherdetergent #ecofriendlydishwashing #nontoxicliving #essentialoils #homemadecleaner #greencleaning #bakingsoda #castilesoap #bulkbins #zerowastecleaning #plasticfreecleaning @rockymountainoils #makeonechangesep19

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Apologies in advance… especially if you love your lycra active wear! This month we are learning about what we wash down the drain, particularly laundry and dish detergents, but also think about your shampoos, body washes, etc. This is a great article that has a list of what to look for on the packaging of the products you intend to wash down the drain: http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/articles/entry/not_only_using_detergents_simply_washing_clothes_is_bad_for_our_oceans/ @earthislanduk @earthisland It also points out that sometimes there's other stuff that we're sending down the drain… like plastic fibres from our clothes or in our exfoliant. READ THE PACKETS! #makeonechangesep19

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