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When we talk about pollution, we easily think about air pollution through vehicles or factories, waste such as plastics or hard-to-decompose waste, or even toxic materials for the environment. But an act as daily as personal hygiene based on soaps and / or detergents is highly damaging to the planet and seems to go more unnoticed than those mentioned above.

Soap has been present in our history for years. In the beginning, it was made naturally, with natural oils and aromatic plants that gave them pleasant smells. With the passage of time and the arrival of the industry, this type of product has been exploited to the point that it is not only a product of first necessity, but that the brands have been mutating to transform it into a more exclusive product.

And it is precisely now, when we begin to wonder about the impact of soaps and detergents on our planet, that its manufacturing is at its highest point. The main problem is clear, in its elaboration process large quantities of a non-renewable resource essential for the existence of life are wasted and contaminated: water.

We must take into account a series of important points that affect the environment:

  • Biodegradability: Only soaps with the surfactant (substance of the soaps that causes damage to aquatic life) that lose 90% of its property of decreasing the surface tension of the water after 28 days of being discharged can be labeled as biodegradable.
  • Eutrophication: Many conventional detergents use phosphates, phosphonates or percarboxylates as enhancers. These substances act as algae fertilizers, causing them to reproduce very quickly. The large amount of algae depletes the oxygen in the water, which is no longer available for aquatic fauna (microbes and fish), and generates bad odors. In addition to causing very serious imbalances in lakes and rivers.
  • Bleachers: Although bleaching agents are rarely used in these types of products, they could sometimes contain chlorine or oxygen. One of the main problems of the chlorine industry is that it generates organochlorine substances, such as dioxins and furans, which cause many health problems such as: hormonal dysfunctions, malformations in the fetus and cancer, among others, and because they cannot be metabolized , accumulate in the tissues of living beings.
  • Antibacterial: Lately, many conventional detergents contain antibacterial agents. They have no practical utility, and instead can cause problems to aquatic bacterial life.
  • Packing: Although there are detergents that are presented in cardboard boxes, the tendency is to present conventional detergents and soaps in plastic containers. The most common is to use several types of plastic that can not be separated later, and therefore can not be recycled, and this is a serious problem for our planet.

As you can see, it is very important that we all become aware of it and begin to act thinking about the care of the planet and directly, in our own survival. It is urgent to promote the use of soaps and biodegradable detergents, in addition to other substances for cleaning in general, which end up leading to drains, which in turn reach rivers and seas, causing serious contamination of the waters, which threatens the existence of many species.

One of the first steps to contribute to the reduction of pollution is to be aware of everything that pollutes, that we inform ourselves and seek alternatives free of waste, which are increasingly more, but we still need to give more prominence to all of them in Our day to day

At GreenVita we always give you the best advice to take care of our diet and lead a healthy and active life. Our philosophy and values ​​always lead us to use products that are top quality, seasonal, Km0, ecological and 100% natural. Therefore, our food is intrinsically supportive of the health and care of our body. For this reason today we want to talk about something very important, that the media has been echoing lately: Environmental health and the problem of plastics.

Pollution by plastic has become one of the most worrisome environmental problems, since the increase in the production of these products has come to exceed the capacity of the world to dispose of them.

Plastic bags and food wrappers, for example, have a useful life of minutes to hours, but they persist in the environment for hundreds of years. It is estimated that they can take at least 400 years to decompose. However, supermarkets present us with a picture as integrated in our retinas as it is alarming.

Finding a plastic bag floating in the sea is something so common to see, that it seems to have become banal, and unfortunately this is just a small visible fraction of the problem.

Microplastics result from plastic objects that, when exposed to the sun, water, wind and other adversities, end up decomposing the material and reducing it to tiny particles. These spread through the water column and have been found in all corners of the planet, from Everest, the highest place, to the Mariana Trench, the deepest point. Likewise, plastic microfibers have been discovered in municipal drinking water systems and traveling in the air.

This situation is affecting the entire planet in a devastating and silent way. There is evidence that plastic has affected 700 species, including edangered species. Not only ending their lives, but the animals that we eat have been consuming plastic for the length of their lives, and this ends in our body. Hence, scientists have detected that it is possible that humans could be consuming between 39,000 and 52,000 particles of microplastics per year. Adding estimates of the amount of microplastics that we could inhale, this figure amounts to more than 74,000 …

At this point, how can we contribute to the reduction of this type of waste?

  • Recycling: We can’t make the plastic that we have already bought go away, but we can recycle it, so that it is reused for other purposes and thus avoid the production of new plastic.
  • Buying products without plastic: Purchasing in the market, where the products are sold in bulk and from hand to hand, can be a good strategy, plus it is a product of proximity and seasonal, which gives added value to its quality.
  • Replacing your plastic bags: Recycle the plastic you have and start using mesh or cloth bags, nowadays there are more brands that distribute them and, besides … There are very cute ones!
  • Taking cleaning walks: If you are one of those who like to walk, take advantage of that to help in the maintenance of beaches and fields. It not only helps to reduce plastic waste in natural areas, but helps to prevent fires in the case of forests if you find any other residue such as crystals.
  • Buying and consuming in eco-friendly places: At GreenVita we are fans of eco-friendly products, so in our variety of proposals you will find not only exquisite dishes, but also respectful with the environment.

As always, at GreenVita we would like to remind you of the importance of being aware of the impact of our actions on the planet and invite you to integrate in your day-to-day customs that, although they may seem insignificant, they count towards contributing to taking care of our environment and proportionally our health.

Taking care of the planet means taking care of oneself! Welcome to our universe!