For comparison, the average person, per pound, per year contributes about 1.4 pounds of waste. When it comes to detergents, the average person, per pound, per year is 1.5- 2. Where does this go? Into surface waters. According to an article on Mother Earth News, the estimated amount of phosphorus in lakes and rivers from detergents ranges from 50% to 75%. Those are huge numbers and according to Mother Earth News, those amounts are actually increasing, as is the amount of phosphorus in detergent products.
The graph below is taken from lanfaxlabs.com. This shows that the majority of detergents are well-over normal environmentally friendly levels.
(Sodium and Phosphorus - only one product had phosphorus above 1 mg/wash. The industry standard for powder laundry detergents is 7800 mg/wash. Where wash and rinse water are mixed prior to land application, the load of sodium and phosphorus does not change.)
Take the cost of a jumbo economy box of Tide detergent into $6,000,000,000 that translates into over 140,000,000 boxes. That’s enough to fill 126,000 semi-truck loads. Parked bumper-to-bumper, that would fill I-5 from Vancouver to LA!
That is a lot of detergent. Now mix all that with 26-30 gallons of hot water per washer load and you get 333 billion gallons of dirty, chemical laden water seeping out of laundry machines in North America each year.
This is just the icing on the cake, add to that: the millions of laundry jugs and boxes thrown away each year, the fact that some chemicals in detergents take years to break down, the emissions used to produce these products-with the plant facilities and truck emissions…the list goes on.
This is all enough to make you sick, and is killing the environment. The EcoWasher® eliminates these pollutants all together. Get your EcoWasher today®!