So when we talk green, we talk about the plants, the trees, waste management, recycling, reuse and sustainable ways of leading life. Well, how much difference can a single hand make to this global issue of depleting environment, is a persistent question on our minds all the time. Well, one does what one can. Even as you read this, you are concerned about the environment but are you living a sustainable life?
A simple thing as your bathing soap can be a cause of environment depletion. Interesting, eh? It gets better as you read this further. A normal bathing soap is full of harmful toxins that not only makes the rinsed water toxic but is obviously harmful to you. Check for the ingredients in your soap, you will find SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) – a chemical known for detrimental effects on the skin and health. It is used in soaps, shampoos, detergents and even your toothpaste.
The use is rampant by manufacturers, why because it’s cheap and has strong foaming properties. It is also known as surfactant, which means that it is nothing but a very strong detergent.
These facts are known to the world. And believe it or not, alternatives are readily available. It’s just a matter of being conscious and making that extra effort to keep yourself and the environment free of toxins.
Krya [+], for example, is a Chennai based brand of day-to-day consumer goods, only in their sustainable, environment friendly versions. All their products are soft on the skin and on the environment too. For instance, they make detergents by a fruit powder, without artificial fragrances, bleaches or chemicals. Preethi Sukumaran, Co-Founder, Krya, says, “We create products based on the impact they can have on the environment. Our detergent works just as well as any regular brand of detergent in both machine and hand wash. While using our detergent in a machine, you save a lot of water, as you would need to rinse it less than when you use a synthetic detergent. Also, all the wash water from your machine (which is typically 100 litres or more per wash) can be used directly to water the plants in your garden.” Krya makes paper, coffee, skin care and hair care products as well.
Rustic Art [+], a Satara based brand of organic products, works on similar sensibilities. It has a range of organic bathing soaps, hair oil, massage oil and even organic paper soaps! Sunita Jaju, Co-Fouder, says, “People are now waking up to understanding the need to use environment friendly products. Our soaps are in huge demand and so are our other organic products.” And why not, they are safe to use and contribute to the environment conservation. She adds, “Our products are completely handmade and virgin to machinery, with natural fragrances. This appeals to environment sensitive people.” Rustic Art also has vegetable oils based laundry range, which can be used safely for even babies, given that they are completely chemical-free. Again, the rinsed water is usable for watering plants in your garden.
The demand for these products is on the rise and can be attributed to awareness among the people, availability of information about ‘what’s good and what’s’ not and of course because it’s time we made some changes to help the environment, in every way possible.
So next time around, check the label before you unwrap a fragrant soap or a ‘powerful’ stain remover. You could be unwrapping a cloud of toxins!
Organic Tip: While using Organic Bathing Soaps, rub your hand over the bar and then apply on skin instead of rubbing the bar on the skin. It lathers sufficiently and lasts longer 🙂
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