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Activity Discussion Environment Pollution

  • Pollution

    Posted by Danish on July 3, 2024 at 12:47 pm

    How do household chemicals impact the environment?

    Glenda replied 3 weeks ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Glenda

    July 3, 2024 at 3:39 pm
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    Household chemicals can have significant negative impacts on the environment. Several key ways they affect the environment include:

    Contamination of water bodies: Even after passing through water treatment plants, small quantities of chemical compounds from cleaning products can find their way into rivers, ponds and lakes. This can have adverse effects on aquatic life.

    Eutrophication: Phosphates in laundry and dishwasher detergents have a fertilizing effect, triggering the widespread growth of algae that depletes the water’s oxygen, reducing biodiversity.

    Toxicity to wildlife: Many chemical compounds in household products can be toxic to plants and animals, or affect their growth and reproduction, for instance by mimicking the effects of hormones.

    Air pollution: Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from cleaning products can contribute to air pollution and have negative health impacts.

    Environmental degradation: The production, use and disposal of household chemicals can contribute to overall environmental degradation and pollution.

    To address these issues, more sustainable and eco-friendly cleaning alternatives like microfiber-based systems that eliminate the need for chemical cleaners are recommended.

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