Thursday, 30 August 2012

Green Works Dishwashing Liquid Natural Original by Clorox

Well, after using Sunlight dish soap and having my hands turn into something out of a creepy horror movie I switched back to Green Works.  I used to use this soap all the time, I mistakenly assumed that the ingredients would be glorious and green and of fair trade.  Call it naivety or what you will, I didn't really have the time to question this new green movement or the idea that some companies would hope on the band wagon only to green-wash consumers.  After reading the label for this blog I was rather sad to see Clorox using this method of green-washing instead of stating clearly their ingredients.  If the ingredients really are green why hide it?  Now saying that, my research has shown that their ingredients are not too terrible.  They are at least on the right track, that is at least a start right?  Although there is still the moral question of the corn-based ethanols and biodegradable preservatives whatever they may be.

Green Works Dishwashing Liquid Natural Original by Clorox
Green Works Dishwashing Liquid Natural Original by CloroxFiltered Water
Coconut-based cleaning agents (anionic and nonionic surfactants, Alkyl polyglucoside, sodium lauryl sulfate, cocodimethyl amine oxide)
corn based ethanol
biodegradable preservative and citric acid

Filtered Water: water that has been passed through a device which removes any impurities from the water.
Anionic surfactant: Surfactants lower the surface tension of a liquid.  It also acts as an emulsifier, foaming agent or detergent.  What coconut based anionic means is the negative charge the surfactants have.  On the bottle it has been 'green-washed' to give the illusion that it is safe because it comes from coconuts.  However, anionic surfactants are all known to be an ecotoxin, no matter what the original source may be.  They also tend to be carcinogenic due to being contaminated with other chemicals.  There has also been a study suggesting that they are also genotoxic.

nonionic surfactants: is a surfactant that is not sensitive to water hardness. It has non-charged hydrophilic part.

Alkyl polyglucoside: are non ionic surfactants and re derived from sugars and fatty acids.  It is created by reacting corn starch with a fatty alcohol to produce a highly biodegradable surfactant.  It is a fairly new product and did not really hit the market until the nineties.  Finding information was pretty hard.  However, it appears to be environmentally sound.  It does not appear to be a hormone disruptor either, nor a hazard to pregnant woman and their embryo.

sodium lauryl sulfate: Used in most soaps and shampoos, it acts as a foaming agent.  It is what causes soaps and shampoos to lather.  It is known to be an irritant, though it is considered safe in small quantities, the more sodium laureth sulfate used the more irritating it becomes. It is not considered to be a carcinogen.  However there is some controversy surrounding this ingredient because it may be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane, which is a known carcinogen.

cocodimethyl amine oxide: Does not appear to be a hazard to the environment.  According to some studies this product is expected to biodegrade and has a limited potential for bioaccumulation.  There is also little apparent risk to human health.  It does not appear to be a carcinogen or a mutagen.  Nor does it appear to have reproductive toxicity.  However it is an irritant to skin and eyes.  

glycerin: is pretty benign and of low toxicity.  It is used in products mainly because it is affective at improving the smoothness of the product and is a good lubricant.  Glycerin is a byproduct of bio-diesel.  However, all you vegans take note.  This form is very expensive, therefore it is more often derived from animal fats such as beef and vegetable oils such as coconut or soy beans. Therefore some products that list glycerin in their ingredients may not be vegan.

corn based ethanol:  There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this product for a number of reasons.  One being the fact that it drives up the cost of corn by increasing demand.  In the States ethanol is made using yellow corn, which drove up the prices.  In response farmers switched to white corn causing the price of white corn to double.  White corn is also the main ingredient in Tortillas in Mexico, thus making the base of most foods in Mexico almost unaffordable.  They are also concerned about the amount of pesticides being used as well as the direct and indirect land use changes.  Now on the upside of corn-based ethanol, there has been a 20% reduction in green house gas emissions compared to gasoline 

biodegradable preservative:  are used to replace Tetrasodium EDTA.  often used in combination with citric acid to give a better result.  I am not too sure which one Clorox used in their product because they didn't state which one, so I can not know if it is actually harmful or not........ 

citric acid: This is in many products.  it is used in combination with some 'biodegradable perservatives' to increase it's preservation results.  It also acts as a chelating agent, fragrance ingredient, a pH adjuster, buffer and masking.  It is not considered to be an environmental toxin, but there are concerns with broad systemic toxicity and skin irritation.


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