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Three Common Products that Cause Water Pollution

While they do offer convenience, many seemingly harmless everyday products actually are causing water pollution that affect lakes, rivers, and streams in ways that might surprise you. Before you head to the store, consider avoiding these common household products in favor of more eco-friendly options.

Scrubs with Microbeads

Blog2015_Set2_HomeItemsMicrobeads provide abrasive qualities that make body scrubs and toothpastes more effective. Once they’re washed down the drain; however, these tiny bits of plastic ultimately end up in our waterways and lakes. Often mistaking them for eggs, fish consume the microbeads, which contain petroleum that serves as a magnet for other environmental pollutants, such as flame-retardants, PCBs, DDT, and other industrial chemicals. This not only threatens marine life, it also has the potential to threaten humans, who may ultimately consume these very toxins by eating fish.

After scientists discovered billions of microbeads in the Great Lakes, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, and other states have proposed bans on the sale of products containing the plastic. Until legislation pulls them from the market, you can help by reading labels to ensure you aren’t buying products containing microbeads.

Car-Washing Detergents

According to the EPA, 70 to 90 percent of U.S. residents reported that their car washing water is drained directly into the street, where it ultimately finds its way into our waterways. You can drastically lessen the environmental impact of your car washing by switching to an eco-friendly detergent that’s biodegradable and petroleum-free.

Household & Personal Products

Many of these popular products contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), such as triclosan, parabens, and phthalates. When washed down the drain, these chemicals ultimately flow into waterways and lakes, where they alter the hormones of birds, mammals, and aquatic life. Studies have shown that EDCs also have the potential to interfere with human hormones, so consider switching to similar products without EDCs to help protect your health and the environment.

Disclaimer: The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made or implied. Contaminants mentioned are not necessarily in your water.

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