Next time you need cleaning products, take a look at Ecover in the organic section of your grocery store.
Ecover, a Belgian natural cleaning products company has been manufacturing phosphate-free, plant-based products for over three decades. Their factory runs on green electricity and is covered with a flower roof, which acts as insulation to reduce energy needed for heating and cooling, and their renewable, reusable and recyclable “PlantPlastic” bottles are made from sugarcane and recycled plastic. And now, to highlight the dangers of dumping plastic into the oceans, which is killing fish and threatening ecosystems, they are manufacturing the world’s first dishwashing liquid bottle made from reclaimed ocean plastic!
Along with manufacturer Logoplaste, Ecover is working to combine plastic trawled from the sea with “PlantPlastic” and recycled plastic, “a world-first for packaging” according to UK’s The Guardian Weekly. Initially 10% of the plastic will be from the sea, though Ecover hopes to increase that amount. It supposedly went on sale in the UK in May.
Plastic can take thousands of years to degrade, and as it does so can leach harmful contaminants into our waterways and soil, including the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA). You might have heard about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which scientists estimate is two times bigger than the state of Texas.
Ecover took an important step towards helping to clean up our oceans. We need more ingenuity and corporate responsibility like that. Hopefully other companies will follow suit. Congratulations Ecover!
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