Laundry suds negatively effect our environment
The suds that come out of your washing machine may seem like they’re cleaning your clothes. But actually, suds are not a good thing. They can disrupt the harmony in your septic system by starving and killing the good anaerobic bacteria. Cultures that are required to break down the organic matter in your septic system.
Many people talk about being “eco-friendly” or “eco-conscious” when it comes to our environment. Sadly, a lot of the time, it’s just talking. In this blog post, I want to inform you of the downstream effects conventional laundry products have on the environment and on your septic tank.
Laundry suds negatively affect our environment
If you are familiar with septic systems, you know about leach fields. A leach field is all of the excess water that gets filtered into the ground after the organic material in your septic system is decomposed. Many of the chemicals in your conventional laundry detergent, such as chlorine bleach and synthesized petroleum surfactants, do not break down inside your septic tank.
That means these chemicals can leach into the ground. Then they may even end up in a well by you. Gross, huh? Even worse, at some point, these chemicals may wind up in your drinking water.
The downstream effect
If you’re not on a septic system, you may live in a city or larger municipality. That doesn’t mean you are not affected by this process.
Those very same suds that we just talked about in septic systems? They can get washed downstream and sent to the water treatment plant. The employees who work there actually have to deal with those suds. The way they deal with them? They just add more chemicals into the water to “fall-out” the chemicals in your suds.
Then, they add even more chemicals back into the water so that it can be safe to drink. Crazy, huh?
At the end of the water treatment process, all of that sludge and gook is actually gathered together and put into a landfill or disposed of as toxic waste.
It doesn’t have to be this way
Whether you’re on a septic system or in a municipal setting, conventional laundry products are terrible for the environment and septic tanks. Actually, they’re not great for any water system.
Fortunately, it turns out there really is a very simple solution. Choose a true eco-friendly non-toxic laundry product. One with no surfactants, phosphates, 1,4-dioxane, chlorine, DEA, thickeners, formaldehyde, petrochemicals, or optical brighteners. You don’t need any of that to get really clean laundry.
Now that you know there’s an option that’s not only better for you, but also better for the environment, you can do something about it. Join the Laundry Revolution!