1000 Flowers for the Planet - #172 Buy Chlorine-Free Products
Chlorine can be found in bleach, a common cleaning product in many households. It is also used in making solvents for dry cleaning, textiles, pharmaceuticals, insecticides, dyestuffs, processing chicken meat and interestingly, in weapons (mustard gas), which was used with dire effect during World War I. It is a major component of PVC (see Flower suggestion #141) which should most definitely be avoided. Chlorine is also used to treat drinking water because of its effectiveness in killing all types of bacteria, and whilst we don’t want nasty bacteria in our drinking water, we also don’t want all the good bacteria inside our systems to be killed off, causing health issues.
But back to products: I’ve been trying to find answers regarding the safety or otherwise of chlorine and its effects on the environment and, as usual, have found just as many websites claiming it is safe as websites condemning the chemical. How does the average person know what is right and what is wrong? I have learned that Sweden is practically chlorine free. Why would they do that if they didn’t think it was a necessary step to take? Let me simplify the matter by pointing you in the direction of an article that is almost 20 years old that talks about the fight to ban chlorine use. Furthermore, the article tells us that there are alternatives for every instance of chlorine use. Read it at http://www.greens.org/s-r/078/07-53.html
In conclusion, erring on the side of sustainable living practices and caring for our environment, the suggestion to steer clear of products containing chlorine is a viable and sensible one. Give it some thought.