Soap/ detergent prices!

Nature has no price. But its destruction will have a cost not possible to describe or fix. Same with your  health. We have to care to invest  in the best and use the best and most ethical (kind) products. That requires a bit of research of both the ingredients and the production of the products we buy… Thankfully we all have internet.
I just checked a very well known organic  laundry detergents powder the ingredients:

“Oxygen-based bleaching agents,Zeolite, Anionic surfactants, Non-ionic surfactants,  Soap, Sodium sulfate, Sodium carbonate, Polypeptide, Bleach activator, Sodium citrate, Sodium disilicate, Water, Sodium carboxymethyl starch, Cellulose gum.”
and this costs for 75 gr 75 NOK

….while my homemade powder with only “water, soap, salt and washing soda”  and it costs for 1,6 kg for 100 NOK.

Scary facts about fabric softeners …

Using fabric softeners sounds like a no-brainer. These common laundry products promise soft, fresh-smelling clothes, free of static and wrinkles, along with less stretching, fading and pilling.But in-wash fabric softeners and heat-activated dryer sheets pack a powerful combination of chemicals that can harm your health, damage the environment and pollute the air, both inside and outside your home. EWG recommends skipping fabric softeners entirely. Here are the worst chemicals to watch for in your laundry basket – and what to use instead.

Quaternary ammonium compounds make clothes feel soft and wearable right out of the wash, but they’re known to trigger asthma and may be toxic to our reproductive systems. Check labels and product websites for these ingredients: distearyldimonium chloride, diethyl ester dimethyl ammonium chloride, variants of hydroxyethyl methyl ammonium methyl sulfate or the vague terms “biodegradable fabric softening agents” and “cationic surfactant.” Avoid them all.

There are more than 3,000 fragrance ingredients in common household products – and scarcely any way to know what they are. Your fabric softener may contain phthalates, which disperse the scent; synthetic musks such as galaxolide, which accumulate in the body; and much more. Fragrance mixes can cause allergies, skin irritations such as dermatitis, difficulty breathing and potential reproductive harm. Research indicates that scents also cause irritation when vented outdoors, especially for asthmatics and those sensitive to chemicals. Not worth it.

Preservatives and Colors
Like fragrance, the terms “preservatives” and “colors” or “colorants” on an ingredient label may refer to any number of chemicals. The most worrisome preservatives in fabric softeners include methylisothiazolinone, a potent skin allergen, and glutaral, known to trigger asthma and skin allergies. Glutaral (or glutaraldehyde) is also toxic to marine life. Among artificial colors, D&C violet 2 has been linked to cancer. Others may contain impurities that can cause cancer. So skip fabric softeners and conditioners in any form – pellets, crystals, bars or single-dose packs. You won’t notice the difference.

Or you can try these ideas instead:

  • Try adding half a cup of distilled white vinegar to your washing machine during the rinse cycle. Don’t worry: the smell doesn’t linger on clothes.
  • If you’re not line-drying, run the drying machine with just your clothes inside. (To reduce static, do not over-dry.) Not only do dryer sheets contain a variety of chemicals, but neither plant-based nor polyester types are reusable, creating extra waste.
  • Try 100 percent wool dryer balls. Makers of these solid balls of felted wool, or felted wool wrapped around a fiber core, say wool or its natural lanolin soften laundry and reduce static. Generally safe for sensitive skin and babies, the balls also lift and separate clothes in the dryer, shortening drying time and saving energy.You can buy ready-made balls or make your own with wool batting or wool yarn. Look for unscented versions and always be leery of essential oils, which can cause allergic reactions after just few contacts.

Learn more about laundry products and other home cleaners in the 2016 edition of EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning.

By Megan Boyle, HCHW Editorial Director and Samara Geller, Database Analyst & Research Analyst

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Pesticides NOT needed to feed the world

Article by the Independent:

The idea that pesticides are necessary to feed the world’s fast-growing population is “inaccurate and misleading”, a UN report has warned.
The document, which is expected to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council this week, strongly denounced the “aggressive promotion” of pesticides by the industry as experts found the chemicals had “catastrophic impacts on the environment, human health and society as a whole”.
The authors of the report said the impact of pesticides on human health, access to food and the environment have been exacerbated by corporations’ “systematic denial”, “aggressive, unethical marketing tactics” and by having “obstructed reforms and paralysed global pesticide restrictions globally”.

Lobbyists have often defended pesticides as being necessary to increase yields as the world is facing threats of climate change impact.
But the report debunks this idea.
“The assertion promoted by the agrochemical industry that pesticides are necessary to achieve food security is not only inaccurate, but dangerously misleading. In principle, there is adequate food to feed the world; inequitable production and distribution systems present major blockages that prevent those in need from accessing it.”

Nick Mole, policy officer at Pesticide Action Network UK, welcomed the findings, saying they counter the “myth” propagated by the industry.
“It backs up everything that we have been saying for the past 30 years. The industry is causing great harm to people and the environment all around the world and we need to reduce it.,” he said. “It has been a constant narrative put forward by the industry that we need pesticides to feed the world’s population. “We do not need pesticides to feed the world – it’s propaganda by the industry and a myth without a doubt.” According to the report, pesticides are responsible for an estimated 200,000 acute poisoning deaths each year, 99 per cent of which occur in developing countries, where health, safety and environmental regulations are weaker and less strictly applied. The report notes that while pesticides have “not succeeded in eliminating worldwide hunger”, studies indicate that food can contain “a cocktail of pesticides”.

While highest levels of pesticides are often found in legumes, leafy greens and fruits such as apples, strawberries and grapes, washing has no effect on modern pesticides. Mr Mole described these findings as “terrifying”. “People who are making profit from these poisons are not held accountable for their actions,” he said. Pesticides have also caused an array of harms to the environment included polluting ecosystems, upsetting the balance between predators and prey species and decreasing the biodiversity of soils, which can contribute to decline in crop yields and pose a problem for food security, the study found.
The report concludes that agroecology, which promotes agricultural practices that are adapted to local environments and stimulate beneficial biological interactions between different plants and species, is part of the way forward. “Without or with minimal use of toxic chemicals, it is possible to produce healthier, nutrient-rich food, with higher yields in the longer term, without polluting and exhausting environmental resources,” it states.

Last month, Pesticide Action Network UK published 10 points that it believed the UK should take forward to reduce its use of pesticides as it prepares itself to leave the European Union. “The intensification of our agriculture has to change,” said Mr Mole. “It has also been shown that organic production can have yields comparable to non-organic productions. “Leaving the EU is both a threat and an opportunity. A threat that we will continue to bend to the will of the pesticide industry but it is also a real opportunity and we suggest that the UK could become a leader in agro-ecological sustainable approaches in growing the food that we need.”