1000 Flowers for the Planet - #236 Use Phosphate-Free Dishwashing Powder
Phosphate is a chemical used in cleaning products that aids in stripping food and grease from dishes (and grime and other things from different stuff). But it ALSO causes the growth of algae. When used in household cleaning products it washes into waterways where it causes algae blooms that take oxygen from the water and cause the death of many plants, insects and animals. By taking the phosphate out of the products we will improve the environment for all things that live in the water and this, in my opinion, is far more important than the convenience any dishwashing liquid may provide. If your dishwasher can’t clean properly without using phosphate, then wash your dishes by hand. We need to put pressure on companies that make our products to ensure they don’t harm the environment. In Australia the amazing little creature we know as a platypus is at risk from phosphates that wash into our waterways. Imagine if our platypus was wiped out. Now wouldn’t that be a much bigger loss than maybe having to wash a few dishes by hand?